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Reunion Island’s Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival

Reunion Island’s Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival ( The Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival (IDF) is the creation this year’s Reunion Island “Breizh Kabar" Festival. From August 1-10, 2014, the culture and traditions of Reunion Island will punctuate the days and nights.

The Breizh Kabar Festival, which took place from October 26 to November 3, 2013, brought together two territories: Reunion Island and Brittany. This event was an opportunity to create a unique moment of sharing a kind and a way to honor the Fest Noz and Maloya, both listed as an Intangible Heritage by UNESCO.

In 2014, the tour continues with Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival, which takes place from August 1-10. The culture and traditions of Reunion Island to be featured will include:

• Monday, August 4 - the inauguration of the exhibition Maloya Regional Pole of Contemporary Music (PRMA) at the Grand Theatre;

• Thursday, August 7 - a picnic partner of Breizh Kabar Creating the Taverne du Roi Morvan, followed by an aperitif concert Saodaj;

• Saturday, August 9 - the creation of Breizh Kabar Reunion at the Grand Theatre where several artists will participate in the festival - a show, colorful and miscegenation!

All week, visitors can meet and interact with Reunionese present at the event, and also taste local products at stand 19, Quai de Bretagne.

Reunion Artists

On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Kevrenn Alré (bagad and Celtic Circle Dance) of Britain and the Reunion Firmin Viry artists and Saodaj combine their cultures and music to create a hybrid between sounds, Breton dances, and Maloya.

Alive and active memory Maloya Reunion, Firmin Viry brings to the process of creating energy and strength of its traditional heritage, still rooted in the souls and bodies of Reunionese. In Viry, a roller is played (a large drum covered with a cowhide) of bobre (musical bow), triangle, kayamb (notified rectangle wood joints that house cascavel seeds), not to mention djembe and the huntsman.

The nomadic group Saodaj 'Maloya sings in the tradition of world and Reunion Creole music. He draws inspiration both in Maloya in world music. Trance, acoustic, and resolutely contemporary, a universe built on a rhythmic vocabulary, mixing a percussion setup of Reunion and set baticongas, but with superimposed long air trips supported by firm bass lines and wispy vocals.

Did you know?

The term that comes from the Malagasy world, Maloya maloy aho, means talk. It is with Sega, one of two major genres of Reunion Island. Since October 1, 2009, Maloya has been ranked as an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

MEDIA CONTACT: Reunion Island Tourism Board, Tel: +33 810 160 000, Fax: +262 262 21 00 21, Web:

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