Fest-Noz Breton festival

Sun 4 Feb

Brittany is coming to Scotland!

BreizhAlba is excited to announce its first major event to happen on February, 4th 2024 at the Institut Francais d’Ecosse in Edinburgh.

Two of the finest exponents of Breton music, Jean-Luc Thomas on the flute and Gabriel Faure on the fiddle will be with us for a day of music and dance.

We are thrilled to share with you the detail of the festivities:

  • A Breton music workshop in the afternoon with Jean-Luc & Gabriel – 2pm-6pm
  • A dance workshop in the afternoon – 4pm-6pm
  • Drinks and Breton galettes/crepes will be on sale between 6 and 9pm
  • A fest-noz with our talented Breton duet as well as musicians from the workshop. Doors open 6.30pm, event starts at 7pm and finishes at 10pm.


About the Breton music workshop

The workshop will start with some conversation around the Breton Fest-noz, its history and characteristics. Jean-Luc & Gabriel will then introduce you to the Breton music repertoire of ‘Basse-Bretagne’, where Gavotte & Plinn are queen and king. The microtonality in Breton music – in particular, when playing tunes from the Vannes area – will be another focus of the afternoon. A good part of the workshop will be about learning tunes together and how playing those tunes for Breton dancers reflect it. Attendees will have the possibility to play some of the tunes learnt during the evening Fest-Noz. Participants should have a good command of their instrument, and either be able to learn tunes by ear or from a music sheet. Any instrumentalist is welcome. A keen interest in traditional music is of course appreciated.


We hope to see many of you on the day!



Jean-Luc Thomas & Gabriel Faure started playing as a duet in 2020. They blend traditional music with the accents and rhythms gleaned along their musical voyages in Brittany, the Middle East, Europe and South America. Both seasoned Breton fest-noz musicians, there is no doubt they will delight our ears throughout the day! Expect a real treat!


*Concession rate is available for members of the French Institute in Scotland, students at a university or other place of higher education, people under 18, people over 60, registered job seekers and disabled people (free for the accompanying person). Proof of entitlement will be required.

The event is supported and funded by the Region Bretagne/Brittany Council.