Circles and pipe bands take up their positions
Breton children lead the dance




Sadorn ar Vugale. Children's Saturday. The festival de Cornouaille presents 300 youngsters who are learning Breton dancing in the Quimper dance circles. Dressed in costumes from various eras, smiling and clearly rather chuffed to find themselves in the limelight for once, the children paraded to the tune of bagpipe and diatonic accordion in Quimper's streets under the doting gaze of crowds of onlookers.

This is the second year where the festival has organised a children's day. After the procession, the children present a show on the Théâtre de Cornouaille stage : the place was packed, and they had to open up the balcony. In the audience several parents were wielding camescopes, but a lot of other visitors came to just experience this fun part of the festival, and one of the most "sympathique" aspects of today's Breton culture.

The lack of boys participating is a cause for some concern here. They tend to frequent the bagads, but are stage-shy when it comes to dancing apparently. Hopefully, having seen the show today they'll be encouraged to join in next time...


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