Having started in 1923, Quimper’s Festival de Cornouaille is still going from strength to strength. This great jamboree of Breton music, costumes, theatre and dance is held in the week before the last Sunday in July, attracting guest performers from the other Celtic countries and a scattering of other, sometimes highly unusual, ethnic-cultural ensembles. The whole thing culminates in an incredible Sunday parade through the town. The official programme does not appear until July, but you can get provisional details in advance from the tourist office or at w www.festival-cornouaille.com. Accommodation is naturally at a premium during this period.
Not so widely known are the Semaines Musicales, which follow in the first three weeks of August (w www.semaines-musicales-quimper.org). Some events take place in the cathedral, others bring the rather stuffy nineteenth-century theatre on boulevard Dupleix alive. The music is predominantly classical, favouring French composers.