Supporting - The Cornish Language,

Culture and Heritage

 

Meeting - Friendships, meeting the

people of the Celtic Nations

 

Enjoying - Enjoy the gifts of Celtic genius

in creative arts

 

The Celtic Congress Cornwall

 

Taking YOU to the friendly heart of the

Celtic Nations of Europe

 

About Us.

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The Cornish Branch……..who are we?

 

The Cornish branch of the Celtic Congress is a registered Charity (No. 1125469) dedicated to supporting and promoting the Cornish language, culture and heritage by means of grant funding and sponsorship of other organisations and individuals who are directly involved in activities with the same ethos and aims. Our income streams are primarily membership fees and donations.


Following a meeting at the National Eisteddfod of Wales in 1900, the first Pan Celtic Congress was in Dublin in 1901.
In 1904 Cornwall became a member of the Pen-Celtic Congress.


Members had been persuaded by Henry Jenner that Cornwall had its own unique language and Celtic identity. This was endorsed by him receiving a telegram written in the Cornish Language.

 

(this act was commemorated in 2004 at Port Erin Conference in the Isle of Man by receiving an email in the Cornish language to  celebrate the centenary at the Cornish Branch)


1932 – Saw the first Celtic Congress in Cornwall held in Truro
1949 – The first Post war International Celtic Congress
1950 – Truro hosted the first large International Celtic Congress


To mark this major event the Beunans Meriasek, a Cornish Language medieval play, similar to the “mystery” plays of the medieval Cathedral towns, was performed for the first time in several hundred years – www.evertype.com/celtcong. This play was probably written at Cornwall’s former historic centre for literature and learning at GLASNEY COLLEGE, PENRYN.


The Celtic Congress – Cornwall has hosted several International Congresses for our fellow Celtic nations:


1950 – Truro
1956 – Truro
1963 – Carbis Bay
1969 – Gulval
1975 – Carlyon Bay1982 – Penzance
1988 – Newquay
1994 – Falmouth
2000 – Bude
2007 – C.U.C Tremough Campus


2008 – Carhaix Brittany
2009 – Aberystwyth Wales
2010 – Port Erin Isle of Man
2011 – Fort William Scotland
2012 Brittany Guincamp

2013 – Cornwall – Bodmin – (Easter Moday) 1st April to Saturday 6th April – Youth Theme - Yowynkneth Alemma Rag ha Gonisogeth Keltek

 

To email us for general enquiries or Conference information celticcongresscornwall@hotmail.co.uk or info@celticcongresscornwall.co.uk

 

The International Celtic Congress is an educational and cultural registered charity no. 1125469


We work to promote and perpetuate the mutual ideals, cultures and languages of the Celtic people’s of Europe.


Each Celtic country has its own branch who meet as old (and new) friends at our Annual International Conference to share common interests and concerns.


The Cornish Branch of the Celtic Congress supports the promotion and development of the Cornish language, Cornish cultural traditions and Cornish economic sustainability, creates links with the Celts in Brittany, Wales, Scotland, Isle of Man and Ireland


Actively encourages young people to participate in activities and provides financial assisted international travel, artistic and cultural exchange opportunities


Supports partner organisations with similar aims in Cornwall, Britain and Europe.


Shares the aims of the International Celtic Congress


An Guntelles Keltek-Kernow

The Celtic Congress Cornwall is a non-political and non sectarian organisation.


Membership is open to everyone who shares these aims.

 

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