Colourful half-timbered buildings lean precariously over the cobbled streets in medieval Quimper, the heart of Brittany's Finistère region.
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Built at the confluence of the rivers Odet and Steïr, this delightful city features floral bridges, peaceful squares and a mighty Gothic cathedral. Through its museums, festivals, cuisine and customs, Quimper honours and preserves traditional Breton culture.
Festivals and events
Festival de Cornouaille
The week-long Festival de Cornouaille, a celebration of Breton and Celtic culture in its various forms, draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Quimper each July. Concerts showcasing Breton music are staged across the city, and the Great Sunday Parade sees participants dress in traditional costume. Dance performances, recitals, folk gigs and DJ sets contribute to an eclectic events programme.
Festival of Brittany
The region-wide Fête de la Bretagne – or Festival of Brittany – takes place each year in May, featuring hundreds of different events celebrating local culture and identity. As well as the staple artistic performances, you'll see talks, exhibitions, pop-up markets, and organised outdoor activities.
Semaines Musicales (Musical Weeks) de Quimper
Each August, a three-week programme of concerts runs at musical venues across the city. St Corentin Cathedral, Notre Dame de Kerdévot chapel, Lanniron Orangery and Cornouaille Theatre are among the stages for classic and contemporary performances during the Semaines Musicales.