AberFest ’12

AberFest is a spectacular day of events celebrating the very best of Cornish and Breton culture in Falmouth on Saturday 7th April.

Watch the Grand Procession of Cornish & Breton musicians & dancers as it snakes its way through the town at 12.30pm. Then, during the afternoon, take in one of the many free Cornish & Breton performances in and around Custom House Quay.

To end a memorable and unique day come along to the Cornish & Breton dance night spectacular – the AberFest-Noz – held at the Princess Pavilion. Acoustic performances in the bar start at 6pm and the main event at 7pm.  Adults £11    Under 18’s £4.

AberFest-Noz tickets are available from

The Cornish Store or Princess Pavilion, Falmouth,

Hall for Cornwall, Truro and at AberFest  pre-events.

For more information please see our AberFest Facebook page or visit our website www.aberfest.org

PRESS  RELEASE –  AberFest ‘ 12  

 

AberFest ‘ 12 – Falmouth – Saturday 7th  April – Remembering Ron 10 years on. 

AberFest ’12   returns to Falmouth to celebrate all things Cornish and Breton. The Grand Parade at 12.30 is followed by free performances of Cornish & Breton music and dance in and around Custom House Quay throughout the afternoon. The day’s events culminate with a special Cornish & Breton party dance night held at the Princess Pavilion. In all – a memorable and unique day!

Once again we expect many people to descend on Falmouth this Easter Saturday to watch and take part in one of the many free events that will be on in the afternoon in and around Custom House Quay. Many of our visitors will, I’m sure, be unaware that the first time the Bretons came en masse to Falmouth was at Easter 2002 and to specifically remember Ronnie Williams who died in December 2001 aged 80. The festival has evolved from this simple act of remembrance into the altogether bigger event we enjoy today.

Ronnie was a well known character in Falmouth who is fondly remembered by many people. He was born and lived there for most of his life and, after the tragic loss of his wife Iris at the tender age of 25 back in 1954, he threw himself into youth projects and other community activities. He was also a passionate supporter and performer of Cornish folk music as he was of the traditional music of Brittany. In later life he spent increasing amounts of time in Brandivy, Brittany, with his ‘adopted’ family and friends. He was well loved wherever he went; so much so that (since his passing) the people of Brandivy have created a beautiful Cornish Garden the “Jardin Cornuaillaise” in their village dedicated to his memory.

Another little known fact is that all the AberFest musicians, dancers and helpers give their time to the festival in the true spirit of friendship, that special quality Ronnie exemplified so well himself when he was alive and that is still felt throughout the festival today.

So when the good people of Cornwall line the streets and watch the AberFest Grand Procession as it snakes its way through the town or take in one of the free performances in and around Custom House Quay please remember that those taking part do so to honour the memory of one of the kindest people of his generation. Someone who, in spite of personal tragedy, threw himself into his community and really made a difference, someone whose kindness and passion is still remembered 10 years on.

The AberFestNoz is a Cornish & Breton dance night spectacular held at the Princess Pavilion. Acoustic performances in the Garden Bar start at 6pm and the main event at 7pm.  Adults £11  Under 18’s £4. AberFest-Noz tickets are available from

The Cornish Store or Princess Pavilion, Falmouth and the

Hall for Cornwall, Truro.

For more information please see our AberFest Facebook page or visit our website www.aberfest.org

AberFest is a constituted not for profit organisation. This year the Bretons come to us, next year we will go to Brittany. It has been this way since 2002. Families here will host our Breton guests in the true spirit of friendship, as will they when we go to Brittany.  We only raise money in order to cover the cost of holding the festival.

We very much appreciate all help you may be able to give with raising the profile of our event.    

 

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