brest maritime festival 2008.jpgBrest (29 Finistere), Brittany’s major city and port hosts its International Maritime Festival from 12 – 17 July 2024 Brest Maritime Festival.

With 25 nations represented, some 2000 mainly traditional boats, 15,000 sailors the event promises much over the 7 days – moored boats, parades of boats, racing, music and dance plus the launch of a newly-restored cutter ship.

Once again, Brest will be bringing together boats and crews from around the world and attracting all the fans. Nowhere else can you find such a variety of sailing boats, such a large number of small and large craft.

The crews that have been invited are the major contributors to the event, all true volunteers, who come along to enjoy meeting each other and sharing their great experience of the sea and the festival. The visitors are completely right. They like to find out about the sea, they love these magnificent or charming boats, which are so very different from those you see in today’s marinas, and in Brest, they can see them under sail moving around the harbour. They can find in Brest the authentic atmosphere of a real living port, as well as the emotion of a rare occasion. They can really feel like they are at the heart of maritime history…

The Fêtes Maritimes de Brest takes place every four years in Brest and is much more than just a gathering of boats. This year’s edition will break away from the image of a festival devoted entirely to maritime heritage, by showcasing diverse artistic disciplines linked one way or another to the marine world and maritime territories. Dance, music, street art, daily workshops… the programme will be rich, eclectic and open to all!

Whether you are a fan of traditional music, street art, brass bands, or simply want to enjoy the lively atmosphere, there will be something for everyone. The Fêtes Maritimes de Brest is not only a world maritime exposition, but also a huge cultural festival filled with diverse, top quality entertainment every day!

So call in at the exotic, multifaceted port of Brest, visit its cultural “Villages”, and attend unforgettable concerts playing on five different stages

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