THE INTERNATIONAL CELTIC CONGRESS, TREMOUGH UNIVERSITY, PENRYNThis was held during the last week of July and was well attended by 130 people from the other Celtic Nations (Alba (Scotland), Mannin (the Isle of Man), Eire (Ireland), Cymru (Wales), Breizh (Brittany and of course Kernow (Cornwall)).
It was a week of celebration of Celtic Culture through music traditional and contemporary, poetry, literature, travel and food and what a fantastic week it was.
Next year, the Celtic Congress meets from Monday 28th July until Saturday 2nd August, 2008 at the Campus of the University of Wales in Aberystwyth with a theme 'The natural environment - a sustainable Celtic future ?' The cost is set at £285 for adults, £200 for students and £150 for children, this including all accommodation, activities and food. Why not join the Cornish Branch of the Celtic Congress. Enquiries may be made through its website:
AN KESUNYANS KELTEK - SCOREN KERNWEK Unlike the Celtic Congress, which is a Celtic Cultural Organisation, The Celtic League is an international organisation that campaigns for the social, political and cultural rights of Celtic nations. (The same nations that enjoy membership of the Celtic Congress) Jack Bolitho is the Convener of the Cornish Branch and I am its Secretary and Membership Secretary. We maintain a high profile organisation with a continuously increasing membership.
(The Cornish Branch of the International Celtic League)
The Celtic League's Cornish Branch is an extremely active branch with lively monthly meetings where current Cornish issues are discussed. It is at the forefront of a committed and focused activism in Cornwall including the housing and other community issues. Recent campaigns include a sustained programme to achieve a designated Cornish tick-box in the 2011 Census which is seen as essential in obtaining accurate statistical data of the Cornish, the successful action to reverse Government attempts to require planning permission to fly the St Piran's flag and fronting the reaction against the Bruno Peek / St George's flag of England debacle in Truro earlier this year. The Celtic League keeps the Council of Europe closely informed of discriminatory practices against the Cornish and annually sends a delegation to the St David's Day Parade in Cardiff as well as supporting our own Cornish activities.
Although we maintain an ever-growing branch, we always welcome new members not only within Kernow, but from further afar (we even have a member who is from India and who still lives on that sub continent!)
Further details are available from our website at: http://www.manxman.co.im/cleague/
Taken from the CornishNotEnglish Newsletter (Mike Chappell)