La Fête Nouormande 2017
Every year the annual get-together of Norman speakers rotates between the Channel Islands and the Mainland. In 2017 Jersey is hosting again and between 12-18 June, there are plenty of events to interact with or just enjoy Jersey culture and related cultures from our neighbouring Islands and Continent. There will be performers from mainland Normandy, Guernésiais speakers from Guernsey, and Jèrriais speakers from Jersey – with activities, music, dance, poetry, stories and fun. During the week, events are mostly focused on Jèrriais, with our visiting participants providing the bulk of the entertainment for the big weekend.
Public events (free entry):
Monday 12 June Doque – traditional Jersey throwing game – and other traditional Norman games (at pétanque pitch in Parade Gardens, 6pm)
Tuesday 13 June Jèrriais conversation in the pub, at the Adelphi in the Parade 5.30-6.30pm
Wednesday 14 June TV-style fun panel game with audience participation, upstairs at the Post Horn (free entry, buy your own drinks at bar downstairs), 7.30pm
Thursday 15 June Café chat, 10.30-11.30am, Costa Coffee, Bath Street
Guided tour of historic Town centre, 5.30pm
Friday 16 June Bachîn Ringing, Don Street/King Street, 12 noon
(costumed participants from Guernsey & mainland Normandy will also be attending the Queen’s Birthday celebrations at Government House in the evening)
Saturday 17 June – morning
9.30-11.45: programme of dancing, music, poetry and prose in the Town Hall
11.45: Catwalk of Norman traditional costumes in the Town Hall
12 noon Town Parade (leaving Town Hall heading to Markets) – music and dancing in the streets, with traditional costumes, flags and lots of colour!
Saturday 17 June – evening:
8pm-9.30 concert by Badlabecques & Magène and supporting acts – toe-tapping songs traditional and otherwise. In the Town Hall.
Sunday 17 June
10h Town centre guided historical/cultural tour starting from the Town Hall:
11h Service in Jèrriais in the Chapel of the Hospital
2.30pm-4pm informal programme of dancing, music, poetry and prose in the Old Magistrate’s Court