Village du Monde: Celtic
A wind of mystery still seems to be blowing along the coasts of Western Europe. Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Cornwall, Brittany, Galicia and the Asturias all share the same cultural origins and unchanging links. The myths and legends live on timelessly in the Celtic countries, peopled in bygone times by conquering maritime adventurers. These regions have provided the background for an explosion of different forms of music, languages, culinary specialities and ornaments.
Although the civilisation of the Celts, who gave their name to the culture we now call Celtic, reached its height in the 5th century BCE, over two thousand years later the flame of its descendants still burns brightly. The stones have resisted the erosion of time and seem still to be shrouded in mysterious mists and surrounded by secret forests. The descendants of these rich tribes perpetuate the Celtic spirit and traditions with music and age-old customs. By the fireside, the songs of the musicians and intrepid seafarers of today are as much a reflection of modernity as of their profound attachment to ancestral folklore and customs. Come high tide or low, the culture of legends and myths is as strong as ever. Each country is inhabited by the same desire: to communicate its unique traditions through music, dance and words. The songs have become mantras, the instruments are wands to cast spells and the words speak of enchantment. Behind the forests, the stones and the green hills, the same mystery lies unsolved: did this wild and inspiring nature create the Celtic spirit, or was it the melodies that fashioned the rocks, waves and mountains?
The stage of the Dôme, at the centre of the Village du Monde will be taking stock of the exceptional musical range of the Celtic countries. On display will be the myriad styles that have originated in the various regions, some more traditional, others mixed with contemporary sounds such as electro, rock, hip-hop and punk.
This immersion in Celtic culture would not be complete without the many stalls and the entertainment programme of the Village du Monde, which will be decked out in shades of luxuriant green. An invitation will be extended to all visitors to embark on a voyage of discovery of the crafts and culinary specialities of the different Celtic countries, in a thoroughly festive atmosphere.