« Combining the lessons of the past, with the requirements of the present, to create a better future »
Princess C. de Polignac
To celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the Polignac Festival, I wanted that a new visual would reflect this important step, for the Festival and for the Foundation. That a stamp of lightness and symbolic simplicity would induce the continuity and at the same time would rely elements or concepts, temporarily or apparently separated such as past and future.
In that sense, I considered appropriate to honour the Polignac’s colours : Silver and Red, with a strong symbolism, which inspired the logo of the Foundation :
During the Middle Ages, the young knights of the House of Polignac, before their initiation, displayed a silvery shield as luminous and pure as their youth, their courage and their honesty still intact. After the blood initiation of their first three battles, their shield became a blazon with three red stripes.
The festival 2015
Like the new visual, the programming of this thirtieth anniversary has a meaning beyond its eclecticism as well of its vocation to make discover and know young talents.
First, I wanted to honour the Brittany Region (The Domain of Kerbastic is the heart birthplace of this branch of the Polignac family) by inviting its Symphonic Orchestra to open the Festival, with a soloist, a very young and exceptional trumpet player.
I wanted to honour the Auvergne Region, birthplace of origin of the Polignac family, by inviting the Orchestra of Auvergne, for the first closing evening of the Festival.
The Polignac Festival was first called « Festival of the Seven Chapels » : it was created in 1986 to help restore seven small chapels around the Domain of Kerbastic, to offer a cultural and artistic dimension to the town of Guidel and its area, heart birthplace of the Polignac family.
Prince Louis de Polignac, then owner of the Domain, invited artists and young talents to play classical music each summer in the chapels.
In 1995, Prince Louis created the Ker-Jean Foundation to secure the continuity of the work started with the Festival.
The main mission of the Foundation, state-approved, is to favour any cultural event and more particularly music, thus respecting the tradition of patronage of the Polignac family since the 17th century.