|Table of Contents|
|Breton Language||Breton Geography, History, Economy,
Environment, Sports and other topics
|Breton Cultural Organizations|
|Books / Publishers||Radio and Television||Music, Dance & Festivals|
|Some Musicians||Shopping for Music||Bretons Around the World|
|Inter-Celtic Organizations||European Minority Languages and Cultures||Travel & Tourism|
The Kervarker pages, with on-line Breton lessons and lots of information about the Breton language and its history.
Ofis ar Brezhoneg (Office for the Breton Language) works to promote the public use of Breton, aiding businesses and organizations with translation, signage, etc. This site presents its important work and details the progress of the Ya d'Ar Brezhoneg campaign, including the list of 500+ enterprises and organizations signing on for the use of Breton in their business.
www.langue-bretonne.com Webpage of Fañch Broudic with lots of information about the Breton language. Good links to other resources on Breton. Also includes a very helpful "Questions & Response" section for those who have quick questions about the Breton language.
Kuzul ar Brezhoneg, the Breton Language Council was created in 1952 to support organizations and publishers for the Breton language. Its website is in Breton, French or English and presents new publications in the Breton language and provides a link to its member organizations, including catalogs for many of the publishers.
Skol Ober is a correspondence school for Breton learners in operation since 1932. This site will tell you how you can enroll and find a teacher.
Skol an Emsav has been at work for many years promoting Breton and organizing Breton language classes in Brittany. This site will tell you about their work and where to find classes in Brittany. Also included is information on their publications #Brezhoneg and Bremañ.
The official Diwan schools site. Excellent source of information on latest news concerning Diwan schools and bilingual education more generally in Brittany.
Div Yezh, the association of parents for the teaching of Breton in the public schools.
Association for parents of students in the Breton language programs in the Catholic schools of Brittany.
Divskouarn was founded in 2005 to promote the learning of Breton at the earliest ages (and even before birth!). The organization helps parents locate Breton language resources, child care centers and everything related to the care of babies. Lots of practical information about activities one can do at home and resources in the community for the Breton language.
Website for Deskin d’an Oadourien, a federation of organizations teaching Breton to adult learners. Most information on the site is in Breton, but helpful in locating Breton classes and learning materials.
Summer immersion camp Kamp Etrekeltiek Ar Vrezhonegerien was founded in 1943. Bilingual Breton/French website gives information on how the camp works and how to enroll – great way for those beyond the beginning level to master Breton in a fun, everyday, environment.
Stumdi uses a long-term immersive training program (3 and 6 month terms) with the mission to train 350 people each year whose mastery of Breton will give them the means to find a job after they complete their studies.
Kerlenn Sten Kidna An-Alre is an organization that has worked for some thirty years in the Auray area to foster the everyday use of the Breton language. It offers classes and publishes a bilingual magazine, Dasson.
Mignoned Anjela is an association from which the goal is to gather, protect and diffuse all about Anjela Duval and her works.
This site lists jobs of all kinds where the Breton language is a welcome skill. Also found is a listing of jobs open for Breton teachers and office administrators where fluency in Breton was needed.
This offers an online French-Breton dictionary. This is a work in progress but a great way to find the Breton equivalent for French words. With time, a Breton-French dictionary will be added as well as resources for English speakers.
The over 60,000 entries in this massive dictionary present the history of each word, as well as its grammatical use and examples of phrases. This was the project of Martial Menard (1951-2016).
A learning system for those wishing to learn the Breton language using their computer. It uses the Oulpan method (you navigate via French). For thousands of adult learners this can be a very handy resource. (There are fees for use)
Site for Bertegn Galezz, a major organization supporting the Gallo language of eastern Brittany.
One of a number of sources to find information on Breton first names, as well as Basque, Corsican, Occitan or Provencal names.
The Breton language Wikipedia – great way to practice your Breton and get a Breton perspective on the world. Includes some 63,000 entries.
Centre d’Histoire de Bretagne / Kreizenn Istor Breizh started in 2012 as a place to gather information on all aspects of the history of Brittany. Includes a wealth of information and documents.
Website for Bretagne Culture Diversité which features a wide variety of information on all aspects of life in Brittany with links to cinema and films, school projects in integrate Breton culture, cinema, radio and more.
Provides access to over 100 articles on all aspects of Breton history, economy, culture and environment. One of the initiatives found via the site bcd.bzh.
Bécédia is an encyclopedic website offering dossiers on a wide range of areas – history, geography, economy arts and culture…
A site with maps of all kinds and demographic information about Brittany. Also includes information about flags and symbols and an extensive link section to take you to great websites of all kinds.
Website for Ronan Le Coadic presenting his writings. Excellent source of information on Breton identity, language and culture, and all issues related to being Breton.
Both Bretagne Réunie and 44=Breizh work to bring the Loire-Atlantique department (cut off from Brittany in 1944) back into “official“ Brittany. And they work to counter marketing done to soften the Breton identity of people living in this area which has had a central role in Brittany’s history.
Another website with current information on work to foster recognition of the Breton identity of the Loire-Atlantique department and to get this department reintegrated into the Region of Brittany.
Produit en Bretagne was created in 1994 to promote companies and businesses of Brittany and products that serve to give a positive Breton “branding.”
Website which posts basic documents on the economic and social development of Brittany.
Bretagne Prospective is a politically neutral “think tank.” Their website presents interviews and articles featuring creative planning for Brittany’s economy and culture.
Website for the Locarn Institute, a “think tank” for strategic planning for Brittany’s economic, social, energy, environmental and cultural development. Includes news of workshops and training sessions as well as access to its quarterly journal “Chroniques.”
Site for Bretagne Vivante-SEPNB (Société pour l'Étude et la Protection de la Nature en Bretagne), founded in 1958. Includes information on environmental issues. the work of the organization an its branches, and its magazines and publications. Includes a map showing natural reserves in Brittany and incorporates studies of flora and fauna.
Eau et Rivières was founded in 1969 to work for the protection of rivers and streams of Brittany. They offer a range of educational programs.
This is a great site to learn about the "hot" issues concerning the environment in Brittany – red tides, water quality, etc. It is put together by the Groupement d’intérèt public Bretagne environnement and includes conference reports and scientific papers as well as information for the general public.
Site for the Fédération de Gouren which promotes Brittany's unique Celtic style of wrestling. Includes a history of the sport and lots of descriptive information and images about how it's done and the cultural context in which it thrives today. Also lots of news about wrestling meets and competitions and a map to help find clubs throughout Brittany.
The website of the Fondation Yann Fouéré has a wealth of texts in English and French by Yann Fouéré (1910-2011) who was a major figure in the Breton movement of the 20th century speaking up for Breton and European minority rights on a world stage.
Web site for Jean-Pierre Le Mat, a regular contributor to the U.S. ICDBL newsletter Bro Nevez, who provides a wealth of provocative notes and articles on Brittany and all things Breton. You will need French to explore his “enquêtes bretonne sur les mythes françois.”
The site for the Bonnets Rouges, a movement active especially from 2013 to 2016 (and still active) to protest French government actions detrimental to Breton economy and development.
Skoazell Vreizh was created in the 1960s to assist with legal expenses and moral support of Bretons who are arrested, jailed, or in court for their action in support of Brittany and its language and culture.
The sites below present the history and work of Breton organizations in Brittany to promote language and culture. Some are larger federations or organizations working also on economic and social development. These often provide great links to other groups.
Site for the Cultural Institute of Brittany (Skol Uhel ar Vro / Institut Culturel de Bretagne) including information on its activities and conferences, news of various committees of scholars working on different topics (history, art, music, economy, geography, maritime heritage, etc.). Also presents the Order of the Ermine and its members. Good links section for lots of other information, including a link to the U.S. ICDBL newsletter Bro Nevez.
Site for the Regional Council of Brittany to promote economic and cultural development of Brittany.
Site for the Kevre Breizh, an outspoken federation of Breton cultural organizations in all five departments of Brittany representing thousands of people working for the Breton language and culture. The group works to promote not only language and music but to protect the material and immaterial patrimony of Brittany and cultural rights for Bretons.
Kendalc’h is a federation created in 1950 to support and coordinate activities of hundreds of Celtic Circles teaching dance and promoting Breton culture.
Like Kendalc’h, War’l Leur is a long-established federation of Celtic Circles which promote Breton dance and culture through a variety of classes and performance events.
The cultural center Amzer Nevez (Centre Régional de Culture Bretonne et Celtique) where you can find out about classes and workshops (including the Breton language) and innovative work done by Breton artists with studios based at the center.
C’hoariva was created in 2005 to federate professional and amateur Breton language theater troupes in Brittany. The site presents activities, workshops and performances.
Ti Ar Vro Kemper has a wealth of information on its website about events, music, theater, art exhibits, classes and lectures in southwestern Brittany. It serves as a coordinating point for some 30 cultural organizations, bagads, dance groups, etc., in the area of Quimper.
Agence Bretagne Presse is a service that brings you up-to-date news on events in Brittany of all kinds - political, economic and cultural. Work is underway to create an English language media outlet in the future.
This cite posts news on a variety of subjects including videos and is intended to be open for contributions and interaction from users. “Ni Hon-Unan” for which nhu is named means “ourselves” in Breton.
News articles on a variety of topics – especially politics – drawn from newspapers and other websites.
The website for the daily newspaper Ouest-France
The other daily newspaper of Brittany, Le Telegramme.
Ar Men is a bi-monthly magazine richly illustrated with photography that presents Breton culture, art, economy, environment, history and pretty much every other topic, including book, CD and film reviews and notes o art exhibits. The website gives a glimpse of articles, but you will need to purchase issues or subscribe to get the details. The site does give you access to some interesting music and video clips.
A visually attractive magazine which focuses on people of Brittany – movers and shakers in all areas of life. The website allows you to read some articles, but you need to subscribe for the full benefit.
Very helpful site to help locate and order books, DVDs, CDs, and games in the Breton language. You can search by type of publication or by a publisher.
Kuzul ar Brezhoneg is a federation of Breton language publishers and organizations to promote the Breton language which collectively promotes the work of all. Good link to some of the major Breton language publishers.
Site for Al Liamm, a literary journal in the Breton language. This site introduces the magazine and its editors, and allows you to search over 300 issues of the magazine published for authors and titles. A great index to some 1,000 authors and 4,500 poems, short stories and essays.
This site presents the history and current work of the organizations Ar Falz and Skol Vreizh. Both promote the Breton language and culture through the publication of books and magazines and materials for Breton learners.
Ya! Is a weekly magazine/newspaper in the Breton language published by the organization Keit Vimp Bev. It provides an excellent way to practice your Breton reading with short and varied articles.
Kenstroll is an alliance of independent book stores that specialize in Breton culture: Ar Vro, Gweladenn, Lenn ha Dilenn, Pen da Benn, Ti ar sonerien.
Website produced by Livre et Lecture en Bretagne, Ofis ar Brezhoneg and Electre to locate books in the Breton language. Some 1,00 are presented.
ABER is a journal to foster literary creation and criticism. It publishes original literary work in Breton and translations in other languages.
Website for the publisher Yoran Embanner who has a wide range of books on Breton history and culture as well as an extensive series of mini-dictionaries for Breton and other European languages.
Editions Portes du Large publishes a number of excellent works about Breton explorers and travelers around the world (from Australia to Mexico, North America, Brazil or China).
Website for the Institut de documentation Bretonne et Européenne which features publications – old and new – about Breton history and the Breton movement for online consultation (or purchase).
Le Chasse-Marée is an organization devoted to maritime traditions and publishes a magazine of that name. This site includes information about the magazine and an on-line catalogue of books, CDs, videos, ship models, etc
Website for the Central Brittany Journal, an English language magazine on diverse topics. The website introduces the magazine, gives some samples of articles, but subscription is necessary for the full benefit.
Schoenhof's Foreign Books (Massachusetts). Has lots of Breton language materials for sale.
Website to gain access to broadcasts of five radio stations featuring Breton language programming: Radio Bro Gwened, Arvorig FM, Radio Kerne, Radio Kreiz Breizh and Plum FM.
This site gives access to TV programs, films, videos and media in the Breton language. Great way to get and aural/oral introduction to Breton.
Spotlight on Brittany is a monthly English language broadcast put together by the Association Intégration Kreizh Breizh (AIKB) in partnership with Radio Kreiz Breizh and Radio Bro Gwened. AIKB has the mission of helping newcomers to Brittany settle into Breton life.
Website of Bretagne et Diversité featuring hundreds of films about and by minority peoples, including an index by community, film name and themes. Includes a presentation of each culture and a history of cinema there. Some films can be seen in entirety, but for most just an excerpt is provided.
This is the website for the TV channel FR3 where you can find Bali Breizh as well as other programming in Breton … and this will link you to some of the recent Breton music recordings (in Breton or French).
See also Breton Cultural Organizations
Dastum was founded in 1972 for the collection, preservation, and promotion of Brittany's rich and still very lively oral traditions. Great site for information on traditional styles of music and song.
Site with listings of over 1,000 musical groups, 6,000 event dates, 800 song/tune titles, and over 2,000 musicians and members. Excellent site to find web sites for your favorite performers and upcoming concerts, festoù noz and festivals.
Website presenting Breton music – especially for dance – with over 30,000 samples from over 2,000 albums.
Web radio with partners Dastum, Tamm Kreiz and Noz Breizh. All styles presented with lots of information about the musicians and musical events in Brittany.
This website is a resource of information on Breton language song, including texts for hundreds of these.
Rouedad Stalioù Kan organizes workshops for Breton language song. The website is a resource for those who want to learn songs.
Gouelioù Breizh is a federation of Traditional Festival Committees of Brittany, and their site is a great source of information on some 50 festivals of Brittany.
Website for the Inter-Celtic Festival of Lorient, started in 1969 to promote the cultures of all the Celtic counties – including those of Spain. Now a 10-day festival, this includes a huge line up of great musicians and one of the annual competitions for the top bagads of Brittany.
This is the official site of the festival de Cornouaille that was created in 1923 by Louis Le Bourhis, and that takes place every year in Quimper.
A huge rock/pop festival held in Carhaix which attracts the biggest names in music, but also features Breton traditional music and innovative arrangements of it.
Bodadeg ar Sonerion, the association of sonneurs - bagpipe and bombard players - and bagadoù in Brittany. Introduces the work of this very influential organization founded in 1943. Includes links to dozens of bagadoù (Brittany's unique bagpipe bands).
The Diatonic Accordion Collective of Brittany (CADB). Great place to start in gathering information on the button accordion and its many masters in Brittany, and for practical information on finding teachers, workshops, and music.
The homepage of Bernard Loffet, accordion maker, including music and sound samples and good links to information on accordions and Breton music and musicians more generally.
MusicTrad, the server for traditional music in France. Includes good list of Breton music and dance links.
The page TRAD, with information about traditional music and musical events throughout France, offering the opportunity to sample music.
See also Shopping for Music for CD producers and distributors.
Sites listed in our Music, Dance & Festivals section above will link you to hundreds of musicians. Most Breton singers and musicians have a website, or at least a presence on Facebook or You Tube. By “googling” a name you can almost always find a link.
See also Books/Publishers for books and magazines
The Coop Breizh, founded in 1957, pioneered in distributing Breton books and recordings when the market was limited. Great shops to visit today are found in Rennes and Paris.
L'Oz Production, the record label for Didier Squiban, Manu Lann Huel and many others. Site includes a catalog of CDs produced and on-line ordering.
An online shop promoting products of Brittany – books, CDs, musical instruments, clothing, jewelry, food specialties and more.
A website to order CDs (older and new) from Brittany and the world. The site is accessible in English. You can find information on the content and sound samples for each CD. The CDs are organized by country and instruments and styles – very easy to find what you want. Not a huge selection, but a very interesting one.
The very active association of Bretons in New York City and area. If you live anywhere near New York, check out the activities of this group and consider joining – you don’t have to be Breton to support Brittany.
Breizh Amerika is a network of Bretons and friends of Bretons in the U.S. fostering a better understanding of Brittany. They have fostered visits to the U.S. by Breton musicians and enable economic exchanges and entrepreneurial development.
Website for the Bagad New York made up of Americans in the NY area who are passionate about and skilled in performing the music of the bagad.
This is a great site to link Bretons world-wide with a directory as well as very active forum for the exchange of ideas. Also includes listing of events, job and genealogical information. Very rich and interactive site with coverage (including video interviews and music) of events such as the world-wide cyber fest noz, conferences and big demonstrations where you can hear about current issues of concern to Bretons.
Site for the Organisation des Bretons de l'Extérieur, with lots of information on Breton communities outside of Brittany and their activities. Also includes current events, history of the OBE, and lots of good links, including sites to access Breton radio and television.
Ti ar Vretoned, the Breton Mission in Paris. their site lists all kinds of activities for Bretons in Paris, including festoù-noz, classes, concerts, etc.
Ths site includes great resources to locate everything related to Brittany in Paris – events, organizations, businesses, etc. . This also has a great links section to help you find websites – not listed here – for Breton organizations worldwide.
Association Intégration Kreizh Breizh has the aim of helping English-speaking (and other) newcomers to Brittany to settle into their new life.
NAACLT - North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers - is a non-profit professional organization for Celtic language teachers and researchers. They promote scholarship, hold conferences, and sponsor a competition for children's literature in the Celtic languages.
Since 1949 the International Celtic Congress has held a week-long congress in one of the Celtic countries to promote the culture and languages of Brittany, Wales, Cornwall, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man. Website is a bit out of date, but interesting for a history of this group.
This website provides a wealth of information about Wales, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, the Isle of Man, and Cornwall. The Celtic League is an inter-Celtic organization founded in 1961 that campaigns for the political, language, cultural and social rights of the Celtic nations.
The website of Bretons living in Ireland with information about their activities. Not up to date, but interesting as a history of this organization.
Website for the Association Bretagne-Irlande which covers all five Breton departments and all of Ireland. The site lists events and contact information for committees for each of the 36 paired towns in Brittany and Ireland.
Bretagne-Ecosse was created in 2000 to develop exchanges between Brittany and Scotland – cultural, scholarly, economic and institutional. The site lists events and contact information.
This is the website for the very active Bretagne-Galice organization which builds links between Brittany and Galicia, Spain.
Site for the Federal Union of European Nationalities, founded in 1949 to support the language and culture and identities of national minorities in Europe.
A European minority languages site with a few links for Breton (Brezhoneg) and many other languages.
European news agency for minority languages with up-to-date news on politics, polls, public policies, etc. impacting minority languages throughout Europe
Organization for the “Stateless Nations and Minority Peoples of Europe.” Their site includes maps showing languages, flags, political parties, a bibliography, and links to over 400 websites on minority languages organized by country and minority group.
Online news stories about stateless nations and peoples including news, interviews and dossiers.
There are many sites to plan a trip to Brittany. The following are just a few. They often have an English language option and will help you find events as well as great places to visit. If you are interested in a particular region or city try doing a search and see what comes up! Send us your suggestions for great sites to be added here.