Brittany, a region in the north-west part of France, spent a long stretch of time as an independent state before joining the French kingdom in the 16th century. As a result, the region has a large set of traditions and cultures all their own, and the Bretons, those who live in Brittany, are very proud of them.
For guests staying at the Hôtel de la Tour Maubourg who are unfamiliar with the Breton culture, a carnival is being organized at the Jardin d’Acclimatation that is dedicated to Brittany. The Jardin d’Acclimatation is a beautiful park, zoo and fairgrounds that also features a small museum, and it is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris.
Each year, the Jardin d’Acclimatation creates a special fair honoring a French region or foreign country, and this year it is Brittany’s turn. For the occasion, a Breton village decorated in the traditional style will be established so that Breton artisans can come and show off their wares. Along with crafts and commercial products, visitors will be able to enjoy a selection of delicious Breton food specialties — including biscuits, cakes, crepes, caramel, meats and seafood.
There will also be live performances by Breton bands called ‘bagads,’ which are made up of wind instruments, bagpipes and drums. This kind of band is unique to Brittany, so visitors will see something that can cannot experience in many other places. More than 25 bagads will perform during the carnival, which takes place from April 27 until May 20, 2013.
In addition to bands, dancers will also take the stage to perform for the Jardin d’Acclimatation. Visitors who want to learn some Breton dance moves can take part in basic dance lessons covering how to dance in a circle and in a chain, as is the custom in Brittany. This way, visitors can immerse themselves in a full cultural and social experience.