It should have been claimed only for the concerts organized in the evening, Place de la Resistance… It will ultimately impose itself more widely. After Emmanuel Macron’s intervention concerning the extension of the health pass, on July 12, the organizers of the Cornouaille Festival had to adapt.
This week, it will be possible to attend concerts by Cristine Mérienne, Lùa or Klew at Novomax, without the precious sesame. On the other hand, a vaccination certificate or a negative test of less than 48 hours will be requested from festival-goers who want to go to Place de la Resistance, at the Cornouaille Theater, at the Bishop’s Palace, at the Church of Locmaria, at the Salon des artisans du Cornouaille Gourmand. But also to those who want to attend the defense of the contenders for the title of Queen of Cornwall, at the Red Hat.
The Queen of Cornwall, precisely. Elected on July 28, 2019, Aël-Anna Mazé will give up his crown in a few days. The end of an unprecedented reign, which will have lasted two years, cancellation of the 2020 festival requires. But, on Sunday, once is not customary, the one who will succeed the representative of the Mederien Penhars will not appear from the balcony of the Breton Departmental Museum. A presentation that usually attracts thousands of spectators, at the foot of the city center ramparts. Instead, the organizers opted for a smaller ceremony at the Théâtre de Cornouaille.
The health crisis got the better of two other emblematic events in Cornouaille: the sacrosanct parade and Triumph of the Sunday bell ringers will not take place this year. Instead: walks and services in circles and bagadoù, in the four corners of the city to avoid large gatherings as well as in areas accessible with sanitary pass
Despite the difficulties, Cornouaille 2021 offers an eclectic poster at will. The kick-off will be given this Thursday, at 9 p.m., Place de la Resistance, with Alan Simon’s rock opera, Excalibur. Ibrahim Maalouf will take over on Friday evening; Enrico Macias, on Saturday evening; Denez Prigent will punctuate the edition on Sunday evening. Gilles Servat will take the stage at the Théâtre de Cornouaille on Thursday; the Celtic Quartet, on Fridays; Cécile Corbel, on Saturday.
And even if it means having to request a pass at the entrance to the Bishop’s Palace, the organizers finally decided to allow people to dance. Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening, amateurs will therefore be able to shake the floor during festoù-noz which promises to be frenzied.
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