Merci aux photographes Michel Thiery, Serge Jacob et Caludie Poirier
Et le Bro Gozh chanté par tous les participants et les spectateurs après la remise des prix.
Le Prix Bro Gozh 2017
Le Trophée Bro Gozh 2017
Flag lowering ceremony at the standing stones on Thursday afternoon
A flag lowering ceremony to mark Brittany’s National Day will be held on Thursday May 19 at the standing stones from 4.30 pm.
Brittany is one of the Celtic places acknowledged by the Australian Standing Stones.
The Australian Standing Stones Management Board and the Caledonian Society will host this event with Glen Innes’ own Fest Noz (evening dance).
Australian Standing Stones Management Board Chair Judi Toms said the afternoon will allow locals to learn more about Glen Innes’ array of Standing Stones.
“At 4.30 p.m. there will be a short guided tour of the Stones and the flag lowering ceremony is at 5 pm accompanied by the Breton National Anthem ‘Bro Gozh ma Zadoù’ and an informative short talk on St Yves – the Patron Saint of Brittany,’ she said.
“The we invite you to stay to enjoy the Caledonian Society’s Breton ‘Fest-Noz’ – where you will be able to sample traditional Breton food and drink with the opportunity to learn a simple dance ‘Hanter Dro’ and hear about some of the exploits of King Arthur himself. “
From May 14-19 as part of the Festival of Brittany and the annual celebration of Sant Erwan, the Committee for the Bro Gozh ma Zadoù ( Old Land of my Fathers) organized a series of concerts in all five of Brittany’s departments where Breton and Welsh choirs performed together.
The Welsh choir Côr Meibion Blaenporth performed with the Breton choral groupes Mouezh Paotred Breizh, Anna Vreizh, Les Choralines Korholen, Kanerion an Oriant, Mouezh Bro Konk and awel Dreger. The choir also performed at the Diwan school of Lorient and no doubt pupils shared songs there too.
The Bro Gozh Committee was created in 2003 to celebrate the 100th year anniversary of the Breton National Anthem which was adopted by the Breton Regionalist Union in 1903. The Breton anthem was directly inspired by the Welsh National Anthem and while this was adopted in Brittany in earlier versions, it was the adaptation by Taldir Jafrennou which stuck. Today, as the Bro Gozh is heard more frequently at sports events (like soccer games) and other events in Brittany, the Committee also serves to assist people with information and performance. Just insuring that people can easily find the song, text and music is a mission fulfilled so that Bretons will be encouraged to include their anthem more often at events.
The Bro Gozh Committee has an excellent website (in Breton and French) where the history of this anthem ans its Welsh links are explored. And on this website you can find the full text (with a French translation), transcriptions of the music, ans a number of performances on various instruments, choir and orchestra. And there are clips of performances by Alan Stivell, Nolwenn LeRoy, Marie Martin, and the singing of the Bro gozh at the soccer championship in 2008 when two Breton teams from Guingamp and Rennes played.. Ans you can watch the trailer of a film by Mikael Baudu ‘with Gwengolo Filmoù and France 3) about the Bro Gozh and its links to Wales which includes a number of performances.
The Bro Gozh Committee has also created a new prize, the « Priz Bro Gozh » to be given each year to the person or organization that has best promoted the Breton nationa anthem. This year the prize was given to Alan Stivell on May 14 in Rennes during the performance.