Bretons to be welcomed in Cornwall

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The Aberfest 06 will take place again this Easter with an even more ambitious programme of events. Aberfest takes place every Easter, the venue alternating between Brittany and Cornwall.

This year the organisers are delighted with local support as Cornwall welcomes a party of 87 musicians, dancers and wrestlers from the Morbihan region. This includes a 40 strong Breton dance team called Avel han Tadeu (translated from Breton means "As Our Fathers").

Events centre around the Easter weekend and start in Falmouth on the Saturday morning with street performances and a procession through the town.

If anyone wants to learn Breton or Cornish songs or dances, there will be workshops in Falmouth Methodist Chapel during the Saturday afternoon.

The highlight of the Saturday events will be at the Princess Pavilions on the Easter Saturday night when a host of Cornish and Breton musicians will be performing on two separate stages. There will be ample opportunity to dance the night away and learn some Breton and Cornish dance steps.

On Easter Sunday afternoon the venue moves to the atmospheric setting of St Michaels Mount. There will be a procession across the causeway and then a host of performances at various sites on the Mount. This should provide an opportunity to see Cornish and Breton Wrestling, watch demonstrations of dance in traditional costume and listen to a host of musicians.

AberFest is a celebration of all things Cornish and Breton. The story began many years ago when a group of Cornish musicians and dancers were invited to the village of Brandivy in the Morbihan region of Brittany. There have since been many visits to Brittany and the AberFest arose from a desire to return that excellent hospitality. This is the third festival held here in Cornwall and it continues to grow and build on the successes of previous events. Its aim, however, is to remain true to the spirit of the early days when Cornish and Breton tunes and dances were shared and everyone had a great time over the Easter weekend.

EASTER SATURDAY APRIL 15 FALMOUTH 10.30am Performances on The Moor by Breton and Cornish musicians and dancers 12.00 Procession through Falmouth starting from the Moor Everyone welcome 2.00 4.30 Music and Dance Workshops and Breton-Cornish Cafe Methodist Chapel, The Moor ABERFESTNOZ 8PM AT THE PRINCESS PAVILLIONS, FALMOUTH The highlight of the Falmouth events. An evening of the best of Cornish and Breton music and dance. Lots of opportunities to join in with the dancing.

EASTER SUNDAY APRI 16 ST MICHAELS MOUNT, MARAZION The event starts at 1.30 when the tide is low enough to allow a grand procession across the causeway to the Mount. During the afternoon there will be the chance to see and hear storytelling, music, dance and wrestling in many locations around the Mount.

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