Breton culture, tradition Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Accueil » Explore » Live the exceptional » Culture » Breton culture, tradition A FESTIVE AND POPULAR GATHERING TYPICALLY BRETON The fest-noz is a festive public gathering that allows everyone to practice the traditional dances of Brittany. Accompanied by songs and instrumental music, the fest-noz promises an intense conviviality between the artists, the dancers and the public that joins the round. The intergenerational mix and the opening to the others characterize particularly this cultural movement breton in full expansion. THE ORIGINS OF FEST-NOZ Invented in the 50’s to recreate the festive gatherings of the peasant society which punctuated the days of collective work, the festnoz became in the 70’s a real fashion phenomenon! Organized around numerous Celtic circles and inspired by the modern concept of the ball, the movement has been most successful since the 2000s. It has become a real urban event that is exported beyond Brittany, in France and abroad. A TRADITION REGISTERED IN THE INTANGIBLE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF HUMANITY Did you know that since 2012, the fest-noz is registered as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO? Listen to an extract of Breton music on the Unesco website Throughout the year, Celtic festivals, fest-deiz in traditional dress and fest-noz are organized in Brittany. Don’t miss to participate to a fest-noz during your vacations in Vannes and in the Gulf of Morbihan. Find a Breton event during your stay!