FESTIVAL GUIDE 2019

MUSIC & DANCE DISPLAYS

For just £1 entry (free for under 12s) you can enjoy a rolling programme of music and dance displays throughout Saturday and Sunday daytime. Come ready for foot tapping live music, rousing choirs and colourful dance displays from local and visiting performers  - and opportunities to join in with the singing and dancing yourself. 

CEILIDHS / TROYLS

Lowender Peran is famous for its evening dances which begin in the evening and go on into the early hours. In most cases there is a caller to guide you through the dances, and in others you pick them up as you go along. Experience not necessary, the more the merrier!

DANCE WORKSHOPS

Look out for our workshops where you can have a go at more complicated dances than you would normally get in a ceilidh, taken at a more considered pace with time for questions and picking up the dance style.

SESSIONS

You can enjoy all our daytime sessions for just £1 entry on Saturday and Sunday. All evening sessions (after 6pm) in the Hotel Bristol can be accessed with a valid evening ticket.

Beginners/Improvers Sessions

Celtic session tunes played at a steady pace, led by local accordionist Matt Bray. Matt is a member of Padstow’s own ‘The Stowes’ and a ceilidh veteran with Cornish ceilidh band Splann.

Classic Session Tunes

These sessions are a one-hour blast of music led by our visiting and local groups, purely with tunes from their country. No manuscript will be available for these events, which are aimed at musicians who enjoy picking up tunes by ear. Anyone is welcome to join in.

Cocktail Bar Sessions

On Friday and Saturday night, sessions are kicked off by various visiting and local musicians in the Cocktail Bar. These sessions are designed to get the party started, and are open to all.

Open Sessions

While there are a number of programmed sessions, we encourage people to start up their own impromptu music, song or dance sessions during the weekend. The Little Lounge is unprogrammed and free throughout the weekend, and for other venues we ask that you check the programme for any events before striking up.

What is a Celtic Festival?

Lowender Peran is a Celtic festival based in Kernow (Cornwall).

According to Wikipedia:

“Celtic festivals celebrate Celtic culture, which in modern times may be via dance, Celtic music, food, Celtic art, or other mediums. Ancient Celtic festivals included religious and seasonal events such as bonfires, harvest festivals, storytelling and music festivals, and dance festivals.”

There are many things for the family to do in Newquay where the festival is based in the festival hub, the Hotel Bristol.

Lowender Peran is full of ceilidh’s and dance workshops, as well as concerts and lots of family events.

What is a ceilidh?

“A social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.”

If you are looking for something to do on a cold weekend in November in Newquay, Lowender is great value and fun for all the family.

This year we have performances from Gwenno.

Here’s what happened in 2017, it gives you a good idea of what we are all about!