27 June 2011

Penzance and west Cornwall have been enjoying the week of the Golowan festival. This year the festival culminated in a gathering of 8734 people dressed as pirates at Penzance; apparently a world record for a pack of pirates.

Local culture is alive and well as Golowan and the many other festivals in the county show. From Padstow to Helston people are celebrating their customs and lives and their Cornishness. The pirates also show that live culture changes, expands, takes in the new, keeps the best of the old, and nods at the world far away from here.

There are pictures here. And here’s an account by Dick Cole of a festival at Indian Queens.