As uncertainty surrounds the future of Europe, hopes for a peaceful and harmonious tomorrow have never been stronger. These past few years have certainly been disruptive, transforming all our lives. Culture, and in particular photography, enables us to find the keys we need to move forward together as citizens of the world.

Since 2004, La Gacilly Photo Festival has contributed to the vitality and revival of a rural area. With its roots firmly established in the village, close to local people and institutions, every summer the Festival Association stages an event showcasing multifaceted photography that is acclaimed both nationally and internationally.

With the help of a team of enthusiasts and an invaluable crew of volunteers, backed by public and private partners who remain as committed and passionate as ever, the Festival is an inclusive event that unites photographers, other operators and the public around a set of shared values.

For the last 19 years, La Gacilly Photo Festival has proudly championed a fully committed programme presenting photographic perspectives, a variety of visions and a cross-section of viewpoints from different horizons on show for all to see, free of charge. With Visions of the East, the Festival is again expressing its ambition to explore the environmental and societal issues currently affecting our planet with more boldness and verve than ever.

Its success is shared with a loyal and ever-wider audience – there were more than 320,000 visitors last year – contributing to the economic vitality of our rural area. We hope to continue holding up a mirror to society for many more years to come, all the while fanning the flames of hope and positivity for a better world.

Jacques Rocher
Founder of the Festival & Mayor of La Gacilly