The Inter-Celtic Festival is going strong and formidable since its formation in the year 1971 as a part of the resurgence of interest in the Celtic roots of the region. It brings together Western European Celtic traditions in a ten-day festival that reunites Brittany with its Welsh roots.
The town of Lorient plays host to this spectacular annual showcase of the Celtic arts where performers from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Asturias, Galicia, the Isle of Man and Brittany turn up to display a rare show. Every year there are over 3,00,000 spectators who enjoy the showcase of Celtic arts ranging from traditional work, classical, folk, rock and jazz musicians, singers, dancers, painters, sculptors, writers, filmmakers and lecturers.
Prepare for breath-holding musical performances, as this is the place where the International Pipe Band Championships, and the National Breton Bagpipe championships take place. In this event, prominent professors give lectures about Celtic culture and you can find more formal courses of study and research. Visitors may even feel a tad Scottish, since in addition to music, the food, and traditional dances are reminiscent of the Scottish Ceilidh.