Guingamp's Town Hall
|• Mayor (2014–2020)||Philippe Le Goff|
|3.41 km2 (1.32 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,300/km2 (5,800/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+01:00 (CET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+02:00 (CEST)|
|Elevation||62–126 m (203–413 ft)|
|1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.|
The Saint Loup festivalEdit
The Saint Loup festival – national competition of Brittany's dances and international festival – takes place every year around mid August. It always ends by the traditional dance : la Dérobée de Guingamp. The main guests are musicians from Asturias, Ireland, Galicia, Scotland, Wales, and other Celtic artists from all over the world. The Brittany's dance is omnipresent in other cultural manifestations and the cultural office also organizes a contemporary creative dance week.
The city hosts a professional football team called En Avant de Guingamp that won the French Cup in the 2008–2009 season while it was still part of the 2nd league. The team has made its comeback in the 1st League (Ligue 1 in French) for the 2013–2014 season, the 1st league that it had left 9 years before. Guingamp won again the French Cup against Rennes (scoring 2–0) in 2013–2014 and is qualified for the UEFA Europa League 2014-15 rounds.
The club's stadium (Roudourou: 18,120 seats) has a higher capacity than Guingamp's total population (7,235).
Inhabitants of Guingamp are called guingampais.
The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on 8 July 2008.
In 2008, 15.89% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.
The Saint Loup dance festival is held every year in mid-August.
Then there is the annual 'pardon', which brings pilgrims to pay homage to the 'Black Virgin' in the Basilica of Notre Dame de Bon Secours.
The town has the remains of three successive castles, the last of which was razed to ground level by the order of Cardinal Richelieu. They were reduced to three towers.
Vincent de Bourbon, great grandson of Louis XIV, was Count of Guingamp from 1750 until his death in 1752.