Interceltic Festival of Avilés

Interceltic Festival of Avilés

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infobox music festival
music_festival_name = Interceltic Festival of Avilés

location = Avilés, AsturiasFlagicon|Asturias
Spain Flagicon|Spain
founders = Esbardu
years_active= 1997 - present
dates = July each year.
genre = Folk music
website = []

The Interceltic Festival of Avilés (FIA) is celebrated at the beginning of the summer in Avilés and the surrounding area in Asturias, Spain and was founded in 1997. The festival is dedicated to the cultural traditions, and developments, of the Celtic nations (países celtes in Asturias), highlighting music and dance and also including other arts such as painting, photography, theatre, sculpture, traditional craftsmanship as well as sport and gastronomy. It is organized by the "Cultural Association Esbardu", located in Avilés cite web
title = Discover the Festival]
language = Spanish
publisher = Esbardu
url =
accessdate = 2008-05-12
] .


The idea of a festival in Avilés arose after the Festival Interceltique de Lorient in 1993 when members of Esbardu who took part were impressed by that festival. They started working on a similar (although smaller) idea in Avilés. In the summer of 1997 the project "Interceltic Festival of Avilés" (FIA) received a small budget from the Asturian regional government and another one from Avilés Town Hall. The success of the first festival meant that the organizers carried on the next year.

In 2006, 1,175 people took part in the festival with 150 acts and performances over eleven days. There were 800 hundred musicians, dancers and actors & actresses in the parade. In 2008 it was officially named, by the Regional Authorities of the Principality of Asturies, as the "Fiesta de Interés Turístico Regional"(Celebration of Regional Tourist Interest). cite news
title = La Ascensión y el Intercéltico de Avilés, fiestas de interés turístico
language = Spanish
publisher = La Nueva España
url =
accessdate = 2008-05-12


The festival takes place in the Comarca de Avilés, located in Asturias, between Cabo Peñas and the mouth of the Nalón river. It is in the "maritime heart" of Asturias. Avilés, Castrillón, Corvera and Illas are the members of the "Comarca". Tourist are also attracted by Avilés Medieval Town Centre, the beaches of the area and big amount of natural areas [] .

FIA 2008

From the 18th to the 27th of July, 2008, a new edition of the festival is taking place in Avilés and Comarca."Las Noches Célticas" (The Celtic Nights):


*La Bandina de la Curuxa
*Anabel Santiago and M.Lee Woolf


*Bagad Lann Bihoué
*Korriganed Panvrid


*Dawnswyr Tawerin


*B.G. Charamuscas de Bembrive




*Fred Morrison
*The Tannahill Weavers
*Culter and District Pipe Band
*The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

FIA 2007

Participants in the 11th festival included cite news
title = El Intercéltico se presenta como «el Niemeyer de la cultura tradicional
language = Spanish
publisher = La Voz de Avilés
date = 2007-07-19
url =
accessdate = 2008-05-12
*Curran - Fegan from Ireland
*Inquedanzas from Tui Pontevedra, Galicia
*Banda de Gaitas Ledicia from Sanguiñeda Mos, Pontevedra
*Dawnswyr Môn folk dancers from Anglesey, Wales
*The Red Hot Chilli Pipers from Scotland
*Pitlochry and Blair Atholl Pipe Band from Scotland
*Capercaillie a folk band from Scotland
*Ballocheam Highland Dancers from Stirlingshire, Scotland
*Bagad Landi from Brittany
*Lann Tivizio from Brittany
*Cultural Association Esbardu: Organizers of the Festival
*Xera from Asturias
*La Bandina from Asturias
*Dúo Astur from Asturias


Other Celtic Festivals

*- Interceltic Festival of Morrazo, Galicia.
*- Festival Interceltique de Lorient, France.
*- Interceltic Festival d'Occidente, Asturias.

External links

* [ "Interceltic Festival of Avilés" Official Website]
* [ Esbardu Official website]
* [ Comarca Avilés]
* [ Festival Interceltique de Lorient Official Website]
* [ Dawnswyr Môn website]
* [ Red Hot Chilli Pipers website]
* [ Capercaillie website]
* [ Bagad Landi website] fr icon
* [ Esbardu website] sp icon
* [ Dañserien Lann Tivizio website] fr icon
* [ Xera website] sp icon


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