Breizh Amerika travelled to Plougastel-Daoulas to meet with mayor, Dominique Cap, members of local culture organizations and visit the famous 17th-century calvary in the center of town. The calvary was badly damaged during WWII, but thanks to an American officer, John D. Skilton this historic monument was preserved and restored with the help of funds raised in America.
Une nouvelle association, baptisée Breizh-Amerika, est née. Son objectif est de créer, faciliter, promouvoir et parrainer des projets culturels et économiques novateurs et d'entretenir des liens collaboratifs étendus entre les États-Unis et la Bretagne.
Breizh Amerika took part in an endangered language debate at the Chateau de Rimaison in Pluvigner, France. The debate was organized by the mayor's office of Pluvigner, association Pluvigner-Patrimoine, with musical performances by Samuel Le Henanff, Niall O'Leary, and Tristan Le Govic. The debate led by Art Hughes (University of Ulster) and Daniel Carre (University of Rennes) was centered on the endangered status of Breton (Brezhoneg) and Irish Gaelic: history and evolution, current methods of conversation, and obstacles to preservation.
Breizh Amerika was hosted at the Chateau de Tronjoly in the city of Gourin by local organization, Bretagne Transamerica, for an evening cocktail to promote links between Brittany and the United States.
Gourin mayor, David Le Solliec, was presented a gift by St Patrick Day Parade Foundation Chairman, Hilary Beirne, in honor of Interceltic relations. Gourin's population has long had a special relationship with North America as over 80,000 persons from the region immigrated during the last hundred years. The city still boasts a replica Statue of Liberty in its central square.
Breizh Amerika in St Goustan
The Galway Inn (18 rue de Belgique, Lorient) is one of the oldest Irish establishments in France. Breizh Amerika was warmly welcomed by Galway Inn owner, Padraig Larkin during le Festival Interceltique de Lorient. The Galway Inn, known as one of the best pubs for a pint of Guinness in Brittany, is a hub for Irish culture with weekly Irish music sessions.
Breizh Amerika was hosted at the mayor's office of Auray on the anniversary of the liberation of the city by the Allies during WWII. The delegation then proceeded to walk in the footsteps of Benjamin Franklin, who had arrived in St Goustan in 1776 seeking aid from the king of France for the colonist cause in the American War of Independence. The day continued with a special networking cocktail organized by Stal Breizh Ma Bro with local entrepreneurs of the Morbihan region and elected officials at the foot of L' INDOMPTABLE.
is an organization established to create, facilitate, promote, and sponsor wide-ranging innovative and collaborative cultural and economic projects that strengthen and foster relations and cooperation between the United States of America and the region of Brittany, France.