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celtica Posted on: 26-Mar-2007, 09:47 AM

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I agree with you wink.gif . I've just bought her new album "Bemdez c'houlou" (Every day of light), very beautiful, she has a real vocal identity, I would love to see her on stage smile.gif
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #191192

celtica Posted on: 15-Mar-2007, 01:05 PM

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  Forum: Fun N Games  ·  Post Preview: #189596

celtica Posted on: 14-Mar-2007, 03:13 PM

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You can discover the beautiful voice of the Breton singer Nolwenn Korbell here :


Enjoy ! smile.gif
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #189438

celtica Posted on: 14-Mar-2007, 02:51 PM

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Waouw ! Very impressive ! You're very talented thumbs_up.gif and you went almost everywhere in Brittany, even in the center called the "Argoat", people often visit the coast but the argoat is very beautiful too wink.gif
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #189437

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celtica Posted on: 03-Mar-2007, 10:52 AM

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I'm fluent in French ! biggrin.gif
I can manage in English (don't understand why it's not in the list tongue.gif )
I've notions in German but I've lost it because I don't practise... wink.gif
And I would really love to learn Arabic language, it's sounds beautiful smile.gif
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #187719

celtica Posted on: 02-Mar-2007, 02:01 PM

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The French Institute (Alliance Française) will receive The Bagad of Auray (Kevrenn Alre in Breton) in march, giving you the opportunity to discover live Breton music walkman.gif . A bagad is a band of bagpipes, "oboes," and percussion unique to Brittany. Modeled on pipe bands, bagpipes are included as well as a drum section of bass, tenors and snares. The addition of the bombard, a very loud member of the oboe family, is what gives this ensemble its unique sound. The bombard adds a level of energy that will take you to the next level!

The bagad of the Kevrenn Alre has won six championships of Brittany, most recently in 2006. You will be hearing the BEST of Brittany. Their dance group has won ten championships in Brittany also! For their stop in Philadelphia they will show off traditional dances of Brittany and a few of the many costumes that are part of a rich heritage of Breton culture.
This is truly a once in a lifetime event! For more information visit the Kevrenn's website: www.kevrenn-alre.com (in french)

For more information about their performance in the St. Patty's Day Parade in New York City, and the Philadelphia show, keep an eye on the following website:



  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #187686

celtica Posted on: 28-Feb-2007, 02:44 AM

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Hello Lors !

Well, it's a long time since I last came here, and I see there is several members from my country now, good new ! smile.gif
Hope you'll enjoy the place wink.gif
As you can see, I'm from Brittany and live in Brest but alas, I'm afraid I don't speak Breton sad.gif .
But I still can say Degemer Mat ! beer_mug.gif
  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #187298

celtica Posted on: 27-Feb-2007, 07:05 AM

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I'm reading Africa Trek by Sonia and Alexandre Poussin. This couple was walking trough the African continent from The Cape (South Africa) to Israel. 14000 kms of long journey (3 years !) in the steps of the first human beings. They never use any transports and their vision of Africa is very interesting because they really live with the people, asking every night for hospitality. A real human adventure !
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #187150

celtica Posted on: 27-Feb-2007, 06:41 AM

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I was Vénète in the past, I'm Breton in the present and in the future, sure I'll be Celtic, but not celestial, I hope the good old earth will still be a place we can live on smile.gif

Welcome !
  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #187149

celtica Posted on: 20-Apr-2006, 12:33 PM

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Merci mesdames ! Glad you like it ! smile.gif

I found this on the web : a man wearing an entire glazik costume wink.gif

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Colorful isn't it ? biggrin.gif
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #147660

celtica Posted on: 16-Apr-2006, 08:59 AM

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Brittany had no "officially" typical costumes before the French revolution of 1789, except those carried by the High-clergy and the nobility.

The nobility and the high-clergy had the right and the means of being made some embroider. The household linens did existed as well in this same social background.
These parts, for the majority, were embroidered in the convents. Only the nuns held the secrecy of the techniques.

It was only after the revolution and the end of the laws known as "sumptuary" (which authorized the wearing of embroideries and laces only to these 2 categories) that the embroidery appeared in countryside. The teaching of the techniques to the girls was ensured by the nuns.

At the time divided into évêchés, and to be different from the cities or villages, Brittany did not have only one regional costume, but several vestimentary modes.
The costume made it possible to know the area and the social status of the belonger by the color of the costume, the fashion of the cap, the modes of embroidery, the cut of the costume, and its time.

These costumes brought little by little to the creation of embroideries often of Parisian inspiration with LOUIS XIII, LOUIS XIV patterns, but especially LOUIS XV and LOUIS XVI. These floral pattern were adapted to the costumes by the country embroiderers. The regional pattern was born thanks to them.
Being inspired sometimes by the precedents, the country embroiderer has create his own design, influenced by his soil.

Thus modes was born with an embroidery which open out especially in the South of Low Brittany, Cornwall.

Glazik Mode : country of Kemper and Porzay
Rouzig Mode : Country of Chateaulin
Bigouden Mode : Soil of Pont L'Abbé
Duig Mode : Country of Aven
Melenik Mode : Country of Elliant


It should be recalled that thousands of people carried the costume and the cap. One can thus easily imagine the quantity of work which there could be for the workshops of embroiderers.

This is why the Embroidery made a living for many years and for thousands of people. Women, men and children embroidered, downtown or in the countryside.

The embroiderers were called "Tennerien Neud", plyer of needle. With the occasion of events such as communion, marriage, the family asked the embroiderer to come to the farm before the great day. He had to make one or several costumes, of course not under the same conditions as today.

Men embroidered on thicker fabrics than women (wool cloth, liner...). Let us not forget the children who made also their hours of embroidery.

About 1910, existed in Brittany the brotherhoods of embroiderers. Large workshops employed men and women and embroidering-machines in residence: The Pichavant Workshops in Pont L'Abbé. In Quimper these same workshops existed.

The father of Max Jacob had established in Quimper a workshop of bigoudens embroiderers. It should be noted that these embroiderers adopted a style and drawings of embroidery completely different from their usual work.

In the same city, JAOUEN workshops were held by Mrs KEMERE JAOUEN, influential woman if there was: It was her indeed who, by the port of a small collar in net "imposed" this fashion on all the glazik soil. She had a workshop at Kerfeunteun and a store in front of the Breton museum. These workshops employed women to make costumes of Quimper area but also of the Aven area.

It should be noted that the embroiderers were often tailors as well.



The embroiderers and embroidering-machines could exert their trade until the end of the last war. It should be noted that two wars enormously modified the way of life of Breton and their vestimentary mode.

It was the first war that made discover to men that beyond Brittany existed lighter clothing, more comfortable to carry. After their return, an unquestionable change was felt.
However for the marriage, one was made embroider a costume.

Women had given up yet neither the costume nor the cap. It was at the same time that the development of tourism in Brittany and the 2nd world war will forever bring a change.


After the second war, a shortness of raw materials touched the embroiderers and tailors. It should be notice that they came, for the majority of them, from Paris or Lyon. And in their turn women gave up little by little their traditional clothing for town clothes.

The vestimentary fashion evolved/moved at the same time as the economic and industrial development and finally the embroiderers were missing work.

Only the Workshops Minor, located at Pont L'Abbé, succeeded in keeping their activity until the Seventies. They employed 500 workmen in the years 1960.


In France, it was, to a certain extent, forsaken and forgotten. The Baby boom generation (born after 45) remembers the concepts of embroidery brought by a grandmother but little perennialized tradition. However for a few years, the French haute couture and the large houses of linen have been made the reapparition of the embroidery and sell it throughout the whole world.

Modern embroidery inspired from traditionnal bigouden style :

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Glazik Embroidery :

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Bigouden embroidery

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Female Glazik costume :

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From : http://www.ecoledebroderie.com/england/cadre.htm
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #147091

celtica Posted on: 05-Mar-2006, 05:02 PM

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I've just seen The Ballad of Jack and Rose with Daniel Day Lewis.

A good film who ask questions wink.gif
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #141658

celtica Posted on: 05-Mar-2006, 04:55 PM

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I've just finished The Tawny Man serie it's a bit like leaving a good friend *sigh*

  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #141657

celtica Posted on: 20-Feb-2006, 07:32 AM

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"Honni soit qui mal y pense" from Henriette Walter, the incredible love story between French and English langages. I learned that 3000 thousand words are absolutely the same in French and English... Very interesting and funny book thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #140389

celtica Posted on: 20-Feb-2006, 07:26 AM

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Difficult to answer this question, my favourite albums are changing almost every day ! biggrin.gif

So, today, I would say :

Requiem - W A. Mozart
Philip Glass - Songs from the trilogy
St Germain - Tourist
Massive Attack - Protection

  Forum: Celtic Hearts  ·  Post Preview: #140387

celtica Posted on: 20-Feb-2006, 07:23 AM

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QUOTE (ballydun @ 16-Feb-2006, 08:09 PM)
Elspeth, I haven't heard of Ladies in Lavender. What is it about?

I think I can answer that question, it's the last movie I've seen... smile.gif

Two aging spinster sisters have their peaceable Cornwall existence disrupted in 1936 when they take a young Polish violinist into their care. After a particularly violent storm, Ursula and Janet Widington awake to find young man Andrea half-drowned and badly injured on the beach. They slowly discover that he is a Polish Jew with a gift for music as an accomplished violinist, hoping to find his way to America. But the village isn't used to visitors and everyone, with the exception of the sisters, is full of suspicions, especially when Andrea develops a friendship with a beautiful Russian woman vacationing nearby. Eventually, the two must make a choice between trying to keep their new charge for themselves or setting him free in the world. (quote from allocine.com)

Judy Dench and Maggie Smith are excellent, all the feelings are evoked with sensibility. I've to say it's very funny too, essentially because of the character of Dorcas, the typical Cornish cook of the old ladies wink.gif . And the music is amazing !
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #140386

celtica Posted on: 08-Jan-2006, 10:19 AM

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If you want to learn something about the strange legends of Brittany, Korrigans, faieris, The Ankou...., just have a look here : wink.gif

  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #136711

celtica Posted on: 02-Jan-2006, 04:10 AM

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celtica Posted on: 17-Dec-2005, 09:46 AM

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I've just heard that Kohann, my favorite Breton group, will produce it's 3rd album in 2006. This group is singing in Breton (in "bas-vannetais", an almost disappeared langage of south brittany) and they are playing a cool trip-hop, dominated by the amazing voice of Michèle Gaurin. You can see a video of one of their new songs here http://kohann1.free.fr/ (click on video, not audio, there's no musical samples yet wink.gif )
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #134564

celtica Posted on: 27-Nov-2005, 04:00 PM

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This distant province is discovered by artists at the dawn of the 19th century. They were attracted by its colourful costumes, ancient ways of life and the originality of its religious heritage. The pervading romanticism makes them especially sensitive to the misty weather. They choose ports with a rich and adventurous past and headlands overlooking the sea where they love to portray tragic storms. The numerous lithographic albums of the time popularise its monuments, churches, Calvary crosses and ossuaries, explore the sparkling diversity of the peasant costumes and arouse the desire to visit this region already created by writers like Chateaubriand. The beauty and the diversity of the landscapes, the luminosity and infinite variability of the skies add to the pictorial appeal (and also the cheap cost of living and the quality of the welcome). Soon artists return every summer to beloved places, such as Douarnenez, Concarneau, Camaret? The vogue for Brittany is shown each year at the great Paris exhibitions, at the Salon. Academic painters draw from the markets, festivals and pardons and also from the maritime dramas of great paintings noted by the critics. Landscape painters explore the golden shores, capture the morning light and try to portray the difficult movement of the waves.

Read more here wink.gif : http://www.brittanytourism.com/eng/bretagn...ntres/index.cfm
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #132798

celtica Posted on: 20-Nov-2005, 01:37 PM

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  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #132223

celtica Posted on: 19-Nov-2005, 02:18 PM

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There's a place I love in Brittany, where you have cliffs and large beaches, strong winds and burning sun, big waves good for surfing, little coloured houses and rough people always with a smile in the eye...when tempests are howling, everybody is outside under the rain to admire the sea laugh.gif


(please click to enlarge wink.gif )
  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #132180

celtica Posted on: 19-Nov-2005, 02:05 PM

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And if you prefer panoramic pictures, just have a look here wink.gif :

  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #132179

celtica Posted on: 19-Nov-2005, 02:03 PM

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Here are very beautiful pictures of Brittany smile.gif

  Forum: Brittany  ·  Post Preview: #132178

celtica Posted on: 09-Nov-2005, 01:14 PM

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The Brest European Short Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th birthday from the 5th - 13th November 2005.

Since its creation, the Brest European Short Film Festival's vocation has been to reveal the talent of future European fiction filmmakers.

Today the Brest Festival screens around 200 short films during a nine-day event, which is divided into 30 different programmes (approximately 100 screenings), which include in particular:

- the European Competition
(9 programmes of short fiction films*).

- the Cocotte-Minute Competition
(1 or 2 programmes of short films* lasting no longer than 6 minutes each).

- the Brest Off Programme
(4 theme-based programmes of European and French shorts*).

And also
- the Young Public screenings
(3 to 4 international programmes of short films suitable from age 3 years and upwards)
- the "Europe en Courts" programmes
(3 programmes from the European Film Festival Coordination)
- the "Music Videos" screenings
(music videos from 1985-6)
- the Panorama Bretagne
- New Turkish Cinema

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