Photo Album of the 2014 General Assembly
at Bowery Poetry Club
The Endangered Language Alliance presented their 3rd installment of Unheard of! featuring the Celtic languages of Brittany and Ireland. Unheard of! presents presents live readings of poetry and oral literature, both traditional and modern, by native speakers with simultaneous projections of tects and translatations. Breton writer Matyas LeBrun presented his newest work Douar Neizh.
The annual Christmas lunch welcomed 120 members of the Breton community and 12 friends from association Bretagne Transamerica from Gourin.
The St Patrick's parade of NY is the oldest parade in the world and one of the largest with 150,0000 marchers each year. Since 2007, BZH New York has hosted numerous groups for St Patrick's week, and again this year with a bagad and cercle from Quimper. Watch the documentary on this voyage which starts at the 29th minute mark on the following link.
In fall 2012, BZH New York and Cie Herrad organized a musical residency between breton and new orleans jazz music in the Big Apple. Breton-based Trio Thomas Moisson and a horn section from New York in a New Orleans-jazz style, worked in studio to melange both styles and played a series of concerts throughout city.
Following the success of the NY collaboration this new fusion of music will now be touring France during next two weeks:
12 Octobre : à L’Archipel à Fouesnant
13 Octobre : à l’espace la salle du Petit Bois à Camors
15 Octobre : à la Tavarn ar roué Morvan à Lorient
16 Octobre : à l’Institut franco-américain à Rennes
18 Octobre : à la Mennais à Ploërmel
19 Octobre : à l’espace Léo Ferré à Bagneux
20 Octobre : à la mission bretonne à Paris
After an initial success of introducing Breton vocal tradition, Kan ha Diskan, melanged and fused with diverse percussions of the world this March, BZH New York revisited and develop this unique musical exchange this fall.
This unique collaborative project with James Lovell and Garifuna percussions with Breton-based singers, Armel an Hejer and Alan LeClere brought together to create and blend musical traditions.
The musicians spent 3 days in studio to develop a common repertoire that was shared in a series of concerts and events, notably in Bryant Park for the Taste of France.
BZH NY and IN NY organized one of the largest Interceltic Fest's in NYC with the music and dance celebrating the common heritage, traditions, culture, and story of immigration of Celtic people of NYC. Featured numerous bands and performers from Celtic nations in a fest noz and ceili like atmosphere.
BZH New York participated in the 56th annual Steuben Parade on 5th avenue
Special thanks to Cercle of Plougastel, Combrit, Landrevarzec and Confederation War'l Leur.
60 Bretons and friends of Brittany took part in the annual Pate Henaff picnic in Central Park. Henaff is a century-old pate producer based in the village of Pouldreuzic, Brittany.
The language and celtic studies departments of Harvard and Rennes 2 University will partner to offer Breton langauge classes starting September 2014 at Harvard.
Au multiplexe "Cinéville" - Quimper
If you are Brittany this summer we invite you to visit the Chateau de Tronjoly in Gourin for the annual exposition "Ces Bretons d’Amérique” presented by Bretagne Transamerica.
The exposition is open daily until August 31st. Visting hours from 11am - 12pm, 2pm - 6pm daily.
Our annual Breton stand in Brooklyn was again a great success and we'd like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers that made it possible. The Smith street Bastille day event was visited by over 15,000 people and we are proud to be abe to share a taste of Brittany with so many New Yorkers.
A special thanks to our partners on the stand:
Cannelle Patisserie (http://cannellepatisserie.com/)
Crepe Caraveral (80 St Mark's Place)
and support from:
Bacchus Bistro (http://www.bacchusbistro.com/)
Cafe Triskell (http://cafetriskell.com/)
The theme of the 2013 Fête de la Bretagne
in NY/New Mexico was an encounter between Breton Music and Native America Music.
The Samuel Le Henanff Quartet travelled to NYC and then to New Mexico where they collaborated with local Native Americans musicians.
May 15th - 55yr anniversary of jumelage of Rennes and Rochester dinner at Bistro Vendome with Consul Generale of France and Deputy Consul of USA of Grand Ouest
May 18th - St Yves Fest Noz in Times Square with Samuel LeHenanff Quartet, Helias-Gerard duo, and Sylvain Payot
May 19th - Music collaboration between Samuel LeHenanff Quartet and native American flutist John Sarantos in Chinatown, NY
May 20th - Concert at the LivingRoom in Lower East Side
May 21th - Special concert and breton whisky tasting at the Irish Arts Center with special guest Niall O'Leary
May 22nd - Concert in collaboration with Alliance Francaise of New Mexico followed by dinner at la Crepes Michel
Pictures from week in New mexico
May 23rd - 12pm, Conference and concert at Los Griegos Library
7pm "Fete de la Bretagne" concert with Samuel Lehenanff quartet and native american flutist Jakey Skye at Outpost Performance Space
May 24th - 12pm, KANW radio interview
3pm - Conference and Concert at Taylor Ranch Library
May 25th - Breton session at Two Fools Tavern and jam with Jakey Skye and Karlo Johnson
Sciences-Ouest magazine (la revue de l'espace des science)focused it's May edition on the subject of "Bretons d'ici et d'ailleurs"
On 5/18, Stade Brestois NY's players outclassed
PSG NY Club's soccer fans 3-9 in Queensbridge Park to grab the Paris-Brest Classic 2013. Then both teams went to watch at the Legends' football factory the professional game in France between PSG and Stade Brestois 29.
Despite an early elimination a few days later in the Urban Soccer Championship, this 14-4 aggregate victory seals an outstanding first semester 2013 for the Breton team. Other enthusiastic competitions are planned for the second part of the year and will be announced soon.
BZH NY has organized a Breton language course for beginners that will run from April to June 2013. The classes are held at the offices of the Endangered Language Alliance.
UNESCO has classified Breton language as "severly endangered" with the number of speakers decreasing to under 250,000 with over 60% of those over 60 years of age.
In a first for NYC, we are organizing a class for beginners to learn the basics of Breton language. We have been pleasantly surprised by the strong interest our classes have generated with around 15-20 students per class. The students are composed 50% Americans, 50% of persons of Breton origin living currently in NYC.
Article - France Amerique
85 Breton soccer fans watched the final of the French Coupe de la Ligue between St Etienne and Stade Rennais at Legends Football Factory
A special match was organzied between the sailors of French navy vessel, L'Aquitaine and the Stade Brestois NY. Final score 7-2 for SBNY. All the players were cheered on by members of the Breton community and French War Veterns.
Article - France Amerique
Article - RP Defense Blog
On 3/23, Stade Brestois NY's players defeated courageous
PSG NY Club's soccer fans 5-1 in Queensbridge Park to get a secure margin before the 2nd leg.
The aggregate winner will grasp
the 2013 'Paris-Brest classic' trophey.
Leg 2 will take place on the same field on 5/18, just prior to the professional game in France between PSG and Stade Brestois 29.
One year after the sponsorship agreement with
Stade Brestois 29, the Bretons of New York won
their first major title!
On 3/16, SB NY players made the most of themselves to outclass valorous Alsacians of SR Colmar NY and won the LIC YMCA Winter 2013 championship.
Starting with 7 other teams from other nationalities last December, SB NY demonstrated their superiority amongst the 4 remaining teams in play-off.
However, no rest for the Bretons since they're starting playing in Urban Soccer league on Mondays this month.
En route for the double title!
Finistère Foot Article and Pictures
St Patrick’s week in NYC had once again a Breton touch to it with 80 musicians and dancers performing throughout the week cumulating to their participation in the 252nd St Patrick’s Day Parade.
A delegation of more than 100 that included musicians, dancers, elected officials, entrepreneurs and business executives could be found across NYC representing Brittany in numerous locations during St Patrick's week.
|LIST OF EVENTS|
St Patrick's Day Parade Pictures
Photo Album for all other week events
St Patrick's Day Parade Video
Harlem concert and jam video
|Ouest-France||3/18/13 Article #1 - 3/18/13 Article #2
|Le Télégramme||3/19/13 Video|
|Coté Quimper||3/15/13 Article and Videos|
|Irish Central||3/22/13 Article|
BZH NY organised the first 'Pennkampionad ar Peder Gwlad' trophy, gathering four Celtic sides to play a soccer tournament in Queensbridge Park.
The top winner was friendship and the Celtic teams promised each others to come back in the future to perpetuate this new-born competition.
The ski weekend in the Catskills has been a BZH New York tradition since 2008.
La Duchesse Anne is now called Four Corners Country Inn
and its new management did a great job lodging and feeding the group in the cozy B&B style Inn.
Like expected there was a good friendly atmosphere, good food, Breton dancing, belote late in the night and of course good exercise and invigorating air on the ski slopes.
BZH New York, reviewed and recapped a very successful 2012 by discussing events, objectives, financials, our partners & sponsors, followed by the election of
the 2013 Board.
In preparation for their coming trip to
New York, Bagad Moulin-Vert
and Dance Group
Eostiged Ar Stangala
organized an "American Noz"
at Chapeau Rouge in Quimper.
Nolwenn and her musicians also spent good quality time with BZH New York at
Café Triskell the next evening.
The high-audience French Sunday News "Sept à Huit" on TF1 covered Nolwenn's debut in NYC, including her meeting with BZH New York at Café Triskell (at the end of the video).
A unique name and heritage, a French token and national emblem, Nolwenn Leroy brings us her self titled album Nolwenn with adaptations of traditional Celtic songs. As a French pop star and author-composer, native from the foreign land of Brittany, it was no surprise that one day Nolwenn would make an album dedicated to the very roots that taught her the love of music.
The annual Christmas dinner has become a favorite of bretons and friends of Brittany who come year after year for the convivial atmosphere, new encounters, good food, and entertainment.
Au pied de l'Empire State Building, BZH New York a organisé une retransmission "live" du derby Breton entre le Stade Rennais et le Stade Brestois au Legends Bar NYC. Une dizaine de bretons de NY étaient présents pour supporter leurs équipes.
In Plougastel-Daoulas, an exhibit of the pictures taken during the visit of the PD Bagad
for the 2012 St Patrick's day parad.
Many thanks to Mog Design,
Romain Moguen, graphic designer
who partnered with us for this effort.
Tell us what you think!
BZH New York and Irish Network NY are happy to announce that they made a donation of $1000 to
New York Cares going to recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. Thanks to all who attended our Halloween Fest-Noz and made donations!!!
New York Cares is now the city's largest volunteer organization, running volunteer programs for 1,300 nonprofits, city agencies, and public schools. New York Cares prides itself on a culture of excellence, defined by integrity, reliability, and professionalism. The 2009 Winner of the New York Times Company Nonprofit Excellence Award.
The Stade Brestois NY defeated Irish Network NY (7-3) for the bragging rights to the NYC Celtic Cup in what has become the hotly contested match of the year as Celtic cousins come together in friendly competition.
BZH New York and IN-NYC joined forces for an evening of Celtic celebration featuring exciting live music from numerous celtic nations.
Many forms of Celtic music and dance created a ceilidh, fest noz like atmosphere to properly ring in the Celtic New Year.
Headline acts included The Mickey Finns (named one of the BEST Celtic Rock bands in the world by Paddy! Rock Radio), Emerald Fire Dance, Darrah Carr Dance, Sylvain Payot (Brittany), Terra Nosa (Galicia), flying in especially from Brittany, France the Thomas Moisson Trio and traditional Irish music from Martin O'Connell, Marie-Louise Bowe, Eamon O'Leary and Steve Holloway.
This year again, BZH New York represented Brittany by having a booth at the Celtic Classic Festival in Bethlehem, PA
A great crowd of around 30 people attended our Breton dance class about the dances from the terroir Breton of the Loire Atlantique, masterfully instructed by members of Cercle Celtique Breton of Nantes and Cercle Celtique of Olivier de Clisson.
Special thanks to Tiffany, Emmanuel, Sylvie, and Christine for being such great teachers.
Great attendance and beautiful weather at this year's
Paté Hénaff picnic in Central Park.
Great thanks to Paté Hénaff for their sponsorship!
"La plus grande parade au monde, avec des centaines de milliers de spectateurs, c'est à New York, mi-mars, chaque année, pour la Saint-Patrick. Une fête essentiellement irlandaise, mais pas que. Des Bretons y participent parfois, comme les Quimpérois du Moulin Vert l'an prochain. Le patron de la parade est à Lorient ces jours-ci pour mieux connaitre le festival interceltique. Avec une idée derrière la tête..."
"Le drapeau Breton est interdit aux JO, mais le Gwenn Ha Du a été le drapeau le plus en vue au Trophée des Champions au Red Bull Arena de NY samedi dernier."
Our annual Breton stand in Brooklyn was again a great success and we'd like to thank all the sponsors and volunteers that made it possible. The Smith Street Bastille Day event was visited by over 10,000 people and we are proud to be able to share a taste of Brittany with so many New Yorkers.
Photos of our stand
Les Bretons de New York ont organisé un dîner pour marquer la visite du maire de Brest et de son équipe. La municipalité de Brest s'est déplacée à New York ce week-end à l'occasion du départ de la Krys Ocean Race, lancée samedi 7 juillet de la Grosse Pomme et qui rejoindra Brest le 14 juillet pour les Tonnerre de Brest. Les Français ont profité d'une soirée conviviale au Bistro Vendome et BZH NY a offert au maire un maillot du Stade Brestois New York, l'équipe de foot née du partenariat entre l'association new-yorkaise et le Stade Brestois.
BZH New York featured on the popular TV show
Echappées Belles on France 5 TV.
Les Goelettes de la Marine Nationale; la Belle Poule et L'Etoile, en mission de 4 mois dans l'Atlantique sont actuellement a New York pour la Fleet Week. A cette occasion, le Stade Brestois New York a decide d'organiser un match de football amical avec les marins des Goelettes. Apres une premiere mi-temps difficile (0-2), le Stade Brestois s'est impose 3-2 face aux marins. Les deux equipes ont ensuite partager le verre de l'amitie dans un bar de Long Island City.
Brittany and Breton culture will again in the global spotlight over coming days as "la Fete de la Bretagne" is celebrated with over 300 events organized worldwide. BZH New York is proud to continue to highlight over the next week the creativity, imagination, and dynamism of the region and culture of Brittany but also of the Bretons that have decided to settle in the Big Apple. Six famed Breton musicians will be making the voyage from Brittany to share their music and traditions (new and old), and conviviality that Bretons and friends of Brittany have come to love and expect.
5/19 Fest Noz in Times Square
5/20 Apero Breton at Armor Lux store
5/21 Breton music and dance session at Theatre 80
5/22 Concert at Zebulon, Brooklyn
On rooftop over looking Times Square, concert of breton music with expo of breton artist Mik Jegou and Ronan Pennec. Video
City University of New York welcomed Herve Lossec, best selling Breton author on April 25th. Herve Lossec’s book “Les Bretonnismes” which details the ways Breton language influences the way people in Brittany speak French is the third most sold book ever in Brittany. “Les Bretonnismes” has received numerous awards notably le Grand Prix du Livre “Produit de Bretagne”. The conference presented his work but also presented endangered status of Breton language and the linguistic influence it has had on French. The conference was be followed by a book signing.
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