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Celebrating Celtic Cornwall - Kevewya Kernow Keltek

30th October - 3rd November 2019
The Hotel Bristol, Newquay, Cornwall

Latest News - Accommodation

Rooms still available at the Hotel Bristol, call them for details, great room rates and stay right where all the action happens.

Hotel Bristol - 01637 875181 - Quote “Lowender Peran”

Over 300 performers from Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Scotland and Wales. If you are looking for something to do in Newquay in November, Lowender Peran is great value and so much fun for all the family.

Ceilidhs, Family Activities, Workshops, Music Sessions, Sing-a-Longs, Craft Fayre, Storytelling, Poetry, Cornish Wrestling, Gin Tasting and much more!

Exciting News!

VRï who are playing at this year’s festival have been nominated for - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019 - Best Traditional Track! Come along and listen to this amazing band on the Friday night of the festival.

2019 - The International Year of Indigenous languages

The United Nations General Assembly has proclaimed 2019 as the International year of Indigenous Languages.

Everything about Lowender Peran is wonderful, the dancing and the dancers the music and the musicians, the atmosphere and the fact that it is Celtic!
— Gilly RP

As well as a tool for communication, language plays an important in our cultural identity, history and traditions.

A little over 7,000 languages are spoken in the world today and around a third of these are endangered, with less than 1,000 remaining speakers. We are fortunate that Cornish has a growing number of speakers but it remains important for all of us to engage with the language at whatever level we are comfortable with.

Lowender Peran is your opportunity for conversations or simple greetings and perhaps join in with a few songs in Cornish.

Lowender Peran Bys Vykken!

Elizabeth Carne, Melennek,  
Grand Bard of Gorsedh Kernow

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Brilliant fun, very communal feeling and fab music and dancing!
— Lindsey O

If you love Celtic music, celtic dance and celtic festivals or folk festivals you will love Lowender! 

There’s something for everyone. Tickets from only £1 (free for under 12s).

Lowender Peran is a spectacular festival, welcoming people from around the world to enjoy music, dance, arts and culture.

The Venue - Hotel Bristol, Newquay, Cornwall - A family run hotel set on the cliff top with glorious views of Tolcarne Beach. Rooms still available...

Confirmed for 2019 - Concerts with Gwenno, Krismenn and Project Smok.

What if your mother tongue is an ancient language of a land that you’ve never lived in, whose native speakers have only recently broken 200 years’ silence? What if the only place it has ever existed over the years is hundreds of miles away, in your home and your heart?

Le Kov (The Place of Memory) is the second solo album by Welsh singer-songwriter and musician, Gwenno Saunders. Created alongside long-term collaborator and producer, Rhys Edwards, with additional drum engineering by Gorwel Owen (Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, Super Furry Animals) and mixing and additional programming by David Wrench, it is an exploration of the individual and collective subconscious & the ‘dream state’, the myths and drolls of Cornwall, and the history of the survival of our lesser known Brythonic language. It’s also one of 2018’s most beautiful and stirring records, swirling with ancient myths and urgent modern themes.

Performing - Saturday night

Krismenn - Traditional Breton song meets electro-hip-hop as one-man village dance ensemble, Christophe Le Menn aka Krismenn.

Passionate about rap, beatbox and the Breton language, Krismenn's approach mixes traditional kan ha diskan singing with bluegrass, urban and electronic music. "Getting used to the darkness", his first album, is a poetic self-portrait; a meeting at cross roads between post-folk and avant-garde hip-hop.   

Performing - Saturday night

Project Smok is a trio which comprises of multi award-winning musicians Ali Levack (Pipes & Whistles), Pablo Lafuente (Guitar) and Ewan Baird (Bodhrán).

Already fast becoming a recognised and household name in the Traditional Music Scene, Project Smok brings together an array of musical aspects; immense instrumental virtuosity, blistering drive, infectious rhythm, delicate sensitivity… 

Performing - Sunday night

VRï - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards Nominees 2019 - Best Traditional Track

Vrï are a brand new trio to represent Wales and its music in the fast-evolving world of ‘chamber-folk’. Bringing together the experience of Jordan Price Williams (cello) Patrick Rimes (violin, viola) and Aneirin Jones (violin) they play tunes and songs from the Celtic nations and beyond.

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Batch’s Bash! Lowender Peran 2019 Warm Up & Fundraising Ceilidh

Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer warming up for this year’s festival, or you’ve never been to Lowender Peran and want to dip your toe in the water, come and dance your way to raising money for two great causes.Pete Batchelor, former Proprietor of the Ponsmere Hotel in Perranporth, was a huge supporter of Lowender Peran. He very sadly passed away in December 2018. This will be a celebration of Pete’s enormous contribution to the festival, as well as a host of other local community events.

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Pre-Christmas Craft Fayre

Back with us for 2019 we’re delighted to be showcasing some of Cornwall’s finest makers, this time in the Ballroom at the Hotel Bristol in Newquay.

Sunday 2nd November - Only £1 entry fee (free for under 12s)

11am - 4pm - Ballroom - Hotel Bristol

We have over 300 Artists coming from all over, including Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Brittany and the Isle of Man.

Kanow Kernewek A good “Shout” or singing session is a part of our Cornish musical heritage and even better if we have a few songs in Cornish. Follow the bouncy ball on the songs and get ready to join us for: Matt’s Cornish singing workshops - throughout the festival Levow Werin – the singing session down at the Rowing club and Newquay Harbour.

You can order your tickets online or can give us a call at the festival office on 01872 553 413.

The Hotel Bristol - Festival Hub - Awesome beachside location, and really great value accommodation. Set on a cliff overlooking Tolcarne Beach, this family-run Victorian hotel is a 13-minute walk from Newquay Zoo and 2 miles from Fistral Beach. The polished rooms have free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, desks, and tea and coffee making facilities.

Lowender Peran is a registered Charity set up to encourage recognition of Cornwall`s heritage and Celtic links.

Lowender Peran is a registered Charity set up to encourage recognition of Cornwall`s heritage and Celtic links as a vibrant, living tradition that people of all ages and backgrounds can participate in and enjoy.

Family Events in Newquay at Lowender Peran…

Highlights

FRIDAY

Tots Troyl (Under 5s)
Tickets – This event is FREE

Aimed at the under 5s and their parents/carers, but open to families with kids of all ages. A Troyl is Cornwall’s answer to the Scottish Ceilidh – a traditional social dance event.

It’s great exercise and a fantastic way for you and your children to be part of a Cornish music and dance tradition that generations have enjoyed. No previous experience or special footwear necessary. There will be a live band and a caller to guide you through all these small-people friendly dances.

We’re really excited to be hosting our first ever Tots Troyl at Lowender Peran this year.

SATURDAY

Entry to all events in the Hotel Bristol is only £1 (free for children aged 12 and under).

Magic Mirror / Mirour Hus

Come and have your photo taken on this giant full length interactive ‘selfie’ mirror, and learn one or two words of Kernewek – the Cornish language – at the same time. Grab some  props and say ‘Keus!’ (Cheese) with a whole host of speech bubbles with different phrases in Cornish. Printouts available for a donation, so you can take home a souvenir of your day. 

Face Painting

Have your face painted as a bear (or any other animal you fancy!) ready for the bear hunt storytelling session.

#BiliKernow Pebble Painting

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Have a go at painting your own #BiliKernow pebbles. ‘Bili’ means pebbles in the Cornish language. #BiliKernow has been inspired by the hidden rocks phenomenon encouraging children and families everywhere to get creative and get outdoors.

Kids’ Singing Workshop with Will Keating

Come and enjoy a good old Cornish sing-song led by one of Cornwall’s most celebrated performers Will Keating.

SUNDAY

Dress Up

Come and dress up as a Bal Maiden or a Tin Miner and take your photo taken against a Cornish mining landscape like in Poldark!

Get Creative Session with Blystra Arts

Get arty with a session led by Blystra Arts – Further details coming from Blystra Arts

Cornish Ice Cream Blind Taste Test

Put your taste buds to the test and learn a few words of Cornish. How does your ice cream taste? Frutys (fruity)? Hweg (sweet?)  Holanek (salty)? Can you guess what flavour it is?

Pre-book one of the three blind taste workshops at 11am, 11.45am or 12.15pm.

At the end of the session you’ll get a voucher for one free scoop of your favourite Cornish ice cream from the cart in the cultural expo – as long as you order in Cornish! And don’t worry, you’ll be taught how to do that at the workshop.


“Well what can I say!! An amazing festival in a fantastic new venue, The Hotel Bristol, Newquay, Cornwall. Plenty of rooms for different events, catering for all tastes & ages. Something for everyone, poetry, children’s activities, singing & of course music & dance everywhere!

Well done to all the organisers. Hotel Bristol is definitely a keeper as far as I’m concerned, the staff embraced the whole weekend & were incredibly helpful & friendly. Already booked in for next year!

I highly recommend to everyone to add the Lowender Festival to their calendar every year!” Ceri E

Festival highlights...

Music, Dance & Sessions…Something for everyone... 

Lowender Peran is famous for its evening dances which go on into the early hours of the morning. In some 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!

Our sessions are welcome to all so please bring your instruments and singing voices. Plenty of informal sessions spontaneously pop up during the festival, and there are others that are programmed. Look out for the new ‘classic sessions’ this year. These one hour spots will be led by each of our visiting teams focusing on classic session tunes from their country. Lowender Peran is celebrating Cornwall’s cultural heritage and its Celtic connections, back for its 40th anniversary this year. Among a packed programme of ceilidhs, instrumental and singing sessions will be:

  • Evening Dances – Ceilidh’s

  • Music Sessions

  • Dance Displays 

  • Family Activities 

  • Family Ceilidh 

  • Craft Fair

  • Dance/Song Workshops 

  • Cornish Cultural Expo 

  • Poetry & Dialect Readings 

  • Cornish Music Symposium