To celebrate Fête de la Bretagne in California (Brittany Week), non-profit organization Breizh Amerika will be hosting a series of events from May 18th-27th to celebrate the culture, food, music, film, and history of the region of Brittany, France.
A special exposition with panels, maps, photographs and brochures will be held at the Alliance Française San Francisco to highlight the authentic beauty and uniqueness of Brittany while also focusing on the presence of Bretons in California as early as the 19th century. Three panels retracing the history of Bretons in western United States, normally exhibited by Bretagne Transamerica at the Chateau de Tronjoly in Gourin, Brittany, will be on loan for the SF exposition. The expo will culminate with a lecture on the evening of May 24th on the adventures of three notable Breton-Californians.
Breizh Amerika : From Brittany to California -- Breton adventures in California
Exposition from May 14th to June 2nd at Alliance Française San Francisco (1345 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94109)
Exhibition curator: Marion Le Guellec / Photo Exhibit: Madeleine Adkins / Panels : Bretagne Transamerica
Lecture on May 24th, 6:45pm at Alliance Française SF
Gilles Lorand and Claudine Chalmers will share the stories of some Bretons who entered San Francisco and California history.
Breton, founder and tour Guide at “San Francisco by Gilles”
Gilles Lorand will chronicle the story of Joseph-Yves Lemantour (a.k.a “Limantour”), a native from Lorient (Brittany) who owned half of the city of San Francisco and the participation of Breton sailors during the Californian Gold Rush.
Claudine Chalmers, Ph.D.
Historian, author and French Chevalier of the Order of Arts & Letters
Claudine Chalmers will chronicle the lives of two Breton pioneers who left an important mark on California : Ernest Narjot, an artist from Saint-Malo, and Jules Simoneau, a native from Nantes, tavern-keeper who helped Jules Tavernier (painter) found an art colony in the Monterey peninsula, and was best known for his friendship with Robert Louis Stevenson (novelist).
Fête de la Bretagne in California
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.