First fortnight of august
Lorient, Brittany, France
700,000 (fig. 2016)
Created in 1971, the Festival Interceltique de Lorient (or FIL) is a celtic music festival being held in Lorient, Brittany, France. It gathers dozens of bands from celtic countries and regions for 10 days during the first fortnight of august.
Its programming is mostly turned towards music and danse shows. It hosts also musical contests like the Bagadoù National Championship, but also danse contests and internal contests of all kind. Many other animations can be attended, like parades and cultural discovery workshops.
Second week-end of july
Carhaix-Plouguer, Brittany, France
278,000 (fig. 2016)
The Vieilles Charrues Festival (French: Festival des Vieilles Charrues; Breton: Gouel an Erer Kozh; literally: Old Ploughs Festival) is held every year in mid-July in the city of Carhaix located in the west of Brittany, France.
This festival is the largest music festival in France, attracting more than 200,000 festival-goers every year (278,000 in 2016). This festival was created in 1992 in Landeleau, a small village in central Finistère. At that time, less than 500 revellers attended and the festival was more like a private party. The following year, the festival welcomed more than 2000 and that was the beginning of its success story. In 1998, due to lack of space on the original site, the festival chose a site on the outskirts of Carhaix. In October 2016 the festival organizes an exceptional concert at Central Park in New York City in tribute to the many Bretons who were immigrants to the city in the nineteenth century.