Saturday 4 January 2014
The Redadeg is a popular and festive relay race, non-competitive and open to all. Families, young and old, children, parents and grandparents run together. The idea is to carry the message in Breton across Brittany, without stopping and the big winner is the Breton language.
Thousands of people across the 5 Breton departments participate in the event with infectious enthusiasm.
Each kilometre of the race is sold to individuals, organisations, businesses and associations...i.e. any private individual or corporate body wishing to contribute to the event and give their support to the Breton language. The profits are redistributed among the selected projects which promote the use of Breton in daily social and family life.
The initial success of the event has grown over time, and the race distance as well as the amount of money collected have seen a continued increase.
Recap of previous Redadegs :
At each kilometre, the baton is passed to the next carrier wearing a t-shirt with their kilometre number on it. They run with the baton which contains a message in Breton. This message and its author are kept secret until the finish where the message is read on stage in front of the public and this then starts the celebration.
Besides purchasing kilometres, which gives you the right to carry the baton, taking part is completely open and free. Anyone can follow the baton carrier along the race, accompanying them, supporting them, and most importantly showing support of the Breton language.
The first Redadeg immediately generated large interest from the public and won two awards in 2008:
|Businesses||18 %||(Small and medium businesses, artisans, independants, …)|
|Associations||35 %||(culture, sport, media, teaching, ...)|
|Individuals||27 %||(parents, grandparents, children)|
|Communities||16 %||(town councils, county councils, regional authorities, ...)|
|Institutions||4 %||(political parties, unions, work committees,...)|
The Redadeg was inspired by the Basque Korrika relay race which exists since 1980 and now rallies hundreds of thousands of participants to cover over more than 2 000 kilometres across the North and South Basque country, during 10 days.
Since 2007, a Breton delegation has taken part. In 2013, around 50 people made the trip to carry the baton to the finish in Bayonne and show the Breton support of the Basque language, Euskara.
It’s also an opportunity for our organisers to find new ideas for the Redadeg and to take inspiration from the 25 years of (successful) Basque experience!
video by the Gwagenn TV team during the event
The start and finish lines are, of course, the occasion for large festive gatherings, but the race route is also peppered with numerous animations and food stands offering Breton products. Wherever the race passes, the public are there to celebrate the event, and depending on what time it passes, there could be: a fest-noz (Breton night festival), a fest-deiz (a Breton day festival), breakfasts, Breton lessons, conferences, cinema, picnics, theatre or concerts. There are plenty of ideas and it’s the chance for local associations and businesses to showcase their year-round activities.
The race was first established in May 2008 under the umbrella of Diwan30, the organising committee for the 30 year anniversary of the network of Diwan schools in 2008.
Today, « Ar Redadeg a di da di » is an autonomous structure organised under the form of an "association law 1901" since 2008 and is registered with the number W353006925.
The association relies heavily on volonteers, people wishing to actively help with the overall event organisation.
If you also would like to help with the Redadeg preparations, here are the documents you need to join: