To a fest-noz tune, Brittany shines in Poland

Published on : 13/01/2022 – 10:50Modified : 13/01/2022 – 10:58

In Poznań, Poland, Dom Bretanii (the House of Brittany) passionately disseminates and shares Breton culture. The result of a long history of solidarity and cooperation between the Brittany region and the Poznań region, this initiative has enabled Poles to discover and appreciate the charms of Celtic legends linked to the fest-noz. It is also a civic commitment to advance the Europe of culture.

For more than 30 years, in the old market square of Poznań, an air of Brittany has resonated. Dom Bretanii offers a rich cultural program: French lessons, shows, concerts, exhibitions, conferences or artists’ workshops.

The exchanges between Brittany and Poznań are numerous and fruitful. They attract a large Polish audience who come to listen to Breton artists or dance the gavotte in the folks balls of the city.

It is a movement of solidarity between Brittany and Poland which is at the origin of this beautiful story. In 1981, during the state of siege in Poland, François-Régis Hutin, director of the newspaper Ouest France, launched an appeal for solidarity with the Poles who were facing shortages. Donations poured in en masse and for 11 years, the association “Ouest France Solidarité” will bring 136 trucks and nearly 5,000 tonnes of aid to Poland.

Cooperation between the Brittany region and the Poznań region has continued ever since. A report by Isabelle Romero and Luke Brown.

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