Le Printemps des sonneurs
Since 1997, in my town, Celtic bands have celebrated springtime.
The idea of this festival was born in a local group of musicians. The local band called « Kevrenn Sant Mark», Breton word to say band with bagpipes, heavy drums and the traditional musical instrument « bombarde », wished to invite their friends to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Ever since, faithful bands « bagadoù » have come to Brest to march down two long streets for a parade which takes place at the end of April or at the beginning of May every year.This year, it will be the 12h edition.
The audience is massive and people gather on pavements to see them walking down the streets. The music is impressive and the audience is overwhelmed with joy and pride. Every « Bagad » has got its traditional costume too and it is a festival of colours too .
Young kids are also included and trained to play this band music. This year a 10 year-old young boy will take part in the local band for the first time. He is a little bit stressed and his photo is in the local press. Good luck to that young gentleman.
Here is, on the right, this year’s poster which has promoted the event in town.
Last year, they had a great poster which has been my favourite up to now. It represents a little white animal called an ermine, the symbol of Brittany. Nice animal which has become very rare, nearly extinct.