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Bagad Kemper paraded before Quimper Cathedral in 2015.

The Festival de Cornouaille (or just Cornouaille Kemper) is an annual festival taking place in the city of Quimper, located in the south-west of Brittany (France) in July (close at the 4th Sunday of the month). The festival has been held since 1923 and is one of the biggest cultural events in Brittany.

The festival putting forward the Breton culture in its diversity and its richness. About 180 shows, concerts and animations take place in the day and in the evening in the urban heart of the city of Quimper: "a festival in the heart of a city and a culture".



From 1923Edit

Reine de Cornouaille 2014

The festival was founded in 1923 as a sort of beauty contest ; The idea was to choose the most beautiful girl in the region and crowned queen of the festival . hair To the so-called Festival des Reines continued to dress the Breton bards Taldir, Jaffrenou and Botrel were present, as were the folk dancers Plozévet. After the pageant, accompanied by piano and violin, was a dinner for 300 guests, and the festival ended with a grand ball, where the gavotte was mixed with the Charleston. The festival continued in this form until 1947.

From 1945Edit

The festival was not held for a few years, through the Second World War, but after 1945 there was a need for . In 1947 the "Qeens Festival" was renamed Les grandes Fêtes de Cornouaille. The first Fêtes was a four-hour folk festival, focusing on the Breton tradition .

In 1948 a 16 - year-old girl was elected festival queen, which had a lot of criticism from the Roman Catholic Church as a result. Since 1949, there is then no longer elected festival queen and the party has an emphatic folkloric character . It is the festival that year expanded from one day to one week . In the 50s, the festival has developed into the leading festival of Breton culture .

For 1992, the famous guitarist Dan Ar Braz, who comes from Quimper, was asked to organize musical part of the festival : this resulted in the Héritage des Celtes project, in which 70 Celtic musicians worked together. The project was a success and resulted in a number of albums under the name "Heritage des Celtes" on.



  • Tuesday 19 : Laurène et Louis, Ronan Le Bars with guests (Dan Ar Braz, Sylvain Barou and Stéphane Eicher), Colline Hill, Lina Bellard, Tymen / Kerveillant Quintet
  • Wednesday 20 : Maria Desbordes, Bagad Cap Caval et le Phil'Armorik Orchestra, Dremmwel, Duo Rivière / Lagadic, Aroze
  • Thursday 21: Gabriella, Doolin', Dañs Er Jeko, Tanaw, Jo Van Bouvel
  • Friday 22 : Red Cardell, Alan Stivell, Sylvain Giro, Groove Boys, Amieva
  • Saturday 23 : Cyber Fest-noz, Kement Tu, Trio EDF, Voix du sud, Ars'Ys, NIJ, Gwenc'hlan
  • Sunday 24 : Kemper en Fête, Soldat Louis, Dj Blue


  • Tuesday 21 : Dan Ar Braz, Yann Honoré, Soïg Sibéril
  • Wednesday 22 : Angelique Ionatos et Elisa Vellia, Nolwenn Korbell, La Grande Tribu (tribute to Youenn Gwernig)
  • Thursday 23: Miossec, Outside Duo, Safar
  • Friday 24 : The Celtic Social Club, India Noz (Ollivier Leroy & Eostiged ar Stangala), Kreiz Breizh Academi 5
  • Saturday 25 : Kement Tu, Les Goristes, Dasson (Dominique Molard), national championship of Breton pipe bands (third category), Cyber fest noz
  • Sunday 26 : Kemper en Fête, fest deiz/fest noz


  • Tuesday 22 : Susheela Raman, Annie Ebrel, Joa Trio Armel an Hejer, Roland Conq Quartet, Oktopus Kafe, Dastum evening
  • Wednesday 23 : Olli and the Bollywood Orchestra, Merzhin, Brieg Guerveno, Maracu'Jah, Sharluber, Ludo Mesnil
  • Thursday 24 : Denez Prigent, Clarisse Lavanant, Bagad Penhars/Kolektif Istanbul, David Krakauer, Pavan Takin, Roland Becker
  • Friday 25 : Didier Squiban and The Brittany symphony orchestra, Gwennyn, Krismenn solo, H[E]J, Arneo
  • Saturday 26 : Sinead O'Connor, Vishtèn, Jamie Smith's Mabon, Blackwater, War'l leur Dance championship, national championship of Breton pipe bands (third category), Les Gabiers d’Artimon
  • Sunday 27 : Red Cardell, Kemper en Fête, fest deiz/fest noz




James Blunt in 2011
  • Monday 18 : Ars’ys and Jef Le Penven
  • Tuesday 19 : James Blunt, Erik Marchand Kreiz Breizh Akademi 3, Krissmenn, Gilles Le Bigot Group, Ar Vro Bagan "Divroa", Hiks
  • Wednesday 20 : Gilles Servat, Avalon Celtic Dances, Brian Finnegan & Kan, Guidewires, Siam, Hamon Martin Quintet
  • Thursday 21 : Celtas Cortos, Les Ramoneurs de menhirs, Cécile Corbel, Donal Lunny-Sylvain Barou-Padraig Rynne, « Heol, la Bretagne en héritage », Mandala, Kelien
  • Friday 22 : Nolwenn Leroy, Bagad Penhars & Co., Dom Duff, Francis Jackson Project, Ampouailh,
  • Saturday 23 : « N’Diale » with Foune Diarra Trio & Jacky Molard Acoustic Quartet, « Afro Breizh » of Dounia compagny, « Quimper en danses », Lleuwen, Pat O’May Group, Orion, Kement Tu championship, Bour-Bodros Quintet
  • Sunday 24 : « Kemper en fête », Suzanne Vega


  • Saturday 17 : Fest noz with Skolvan, Kendirvi and Darhou, « Quimper en danse », Les Pirates
  • Sunday 18 : Pascal Jaouen fashion show, David Pasquet Group
  • Lundi 19 : Gilberto Gil, Les Goristes, Jamie McMenemy 4, Alain Le Goff, Bayati, Spontus,
  • Tuesday 20 : Roger Hodgson sins Supertramp, Gwennyn, Jean-Luc Roudaut, Soïg Sibéril et Jamie McMenemy, TiTom,
  • Wednesday 21 : Denez Prigent, Les trompettes du Mozambique, « Le jeu à la Nantaise », Penngollo
  • Thursday 22 : « Autour de la guitare celtique », Red Cardell, Gweltaz Ar Fur, Aodan, « Heol, la Bretagne en héritage », Kejaj
  • Vendredi 23 : Bagad Cap Caval, Trio EDF, Arz Nevez and Roland Becker, « Heol, Brittany in legacy », Wig A Wag, Talar
  • Saturday 24 : Carlos Núñez, Kataje, Amzer-Yann-Fañch Kemener, Aldo Ripoche and Dièse 3, Teada, Sonerien Du, Kendalc’h « Breizh Omega, the world of the possible »
  • Sunday 25 : « Dances and music from Brittany », Youssou N’Dour, bagad and circle dance Beuzec Cap Sizun, Pipe bands concert, Carré Manchot



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