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VIDEO: Celtic performers descend on Perranporth for Lowender Peran festival

By AliceWright  |  Posted: October 20, 2012

  • Dancers and musicians at Lowender Peran in Perranporth

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Perranporth was filled with Celtic music and dance today as performers descended on the village for the annual Lowender Peran festival. 

Now in its 34th year, the festival celebrates Cornwall's unique cultural heritage and Celtic links. Dancers and musicians from Cornwall, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, the Isle of Man and Brittany all took part in today's performances, with displays at open air spots around the village. 

Andrew Morris, one of Lowender Peran's directors, said he has always been passionate about his Cornish and Celtic identity and the festival is a great way to celebrate this. 

"There's such a great atmosphere. One of the things I love about it is there's such a mix of people and everyone's having a brilliant time."

The festival, which began on Wednesday and finishes tomorrow (Sunday) is based in the Ponsmere Hotel and showcases music, dance, song and storytelling. 

New elements this year include a silent disco, where audiences dance to music on wireless headphones. This took place yesterday evening and Mr Morris said it was a huge success. 

"It was a mix of popular music and Celtic music and you could switch between the two. So you had half the room dancing to Lady Gaga and the other half dancing to Breton music.

"We had 100 headphones and we ran out within 10 minutes."

The festivities continue this evening with a performance by Crowns, Cornwall's own folk-punk band, who have returned to the festival by popular demand, fresh from their summer tour including appearances at the Eden Sessions and Bestival. 

And tomorrow morning Lowender Peran will host Cornwall's first ever beach ceilidh. 

Dancing will take place on the sand from 11.30am, accompanied by a live band outside Perranporth's Watering Hole beach bar. 

A ceilidh or barn dance is a social folk dance event.  No previous experience is necessary, and visitors can turn up on the day to take part in the easy to pick up dances, or simply enjoy the spectacle. 

For further information visit www.lowenderperan.co.uk. 

Click here for more pictures from the festival. 

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