Fête des Remparts Dinan
21 and 22 July 2012
Réjouissances princières et liesse populaire
"Princely Celebration and Jubilation"
Considered one of the most important mediaeval festivals in Europe, The Fête des Remparts is held in July every other year in Dinan. The 2012 festival will be the 20th Festival to have taken place.
The festival is hugely popular and attracts visitors from all over Europe. Dinan is a perfect setting for such an event as the town centre is populated with wonderfully preserved, half timbered houses dating back for centuries.
The town is easily taken back to medieval times. People in costume parade through its streets and free entertainment is provided by musicians and street entertainers as well as lively members of the public.
Restaurants and street vendors offer traditional food and drinks from the time as well as authentic Breton dishes in addition to their usual menus. A vast medieval market is based in the main town square.
Street entertainers abound, harps and old musical instruments are played and the culmination of the weekend's events is a jousting competition and a costumed parade through the town.
Apart from the free street shows, there are exhibitions and shows such as battle re-enactments and jousting held in the walled fortress areas.
To get into the four areas where the shows are going on you will have to pay unless you are wearing a suitable, correct, mediaeval costume. Just a sheet thrown over your ordinary clothes will not do!
Costs for Entertainment areas:
Adults 12€ - Two day pass 20€
Groups - 15 people minimum 8€
Children under ten 6€
Children under three but sitting on parents laps Free
Entry to the shows apart from the Tournament for students from France as well as those seeking work (proof has to be shown) 8€
If you do not want to queue on arrival you can reserve on line http://www.fete-remparts-dinan.com from the 15th May. Reservations can also be made by going into the tourism office from two days prior to the festival.
Development of the Fête des Remparts
The festival continued to be held
yearly until 1992 when it was decided to hold it every other year. 1994 and 1996
saw the commencement of themes as well as commemorating the town hero
the Duc du
Guesclin who managed to beat his English adversary the Duke of
Canterbury in a one to one battle in Dinan. In those years most entertainment was free and the festival
held in the autumn. The shop keepers and restaurant owners in the town
dressed in mediaeval costume and the streets in the old part of the town
were streets covered
with straw and taken back to medieval days.