At the beginning of the XVII century, Foye was the name of the meal and the party organised by the ship owners in tribute to the fishermen about to leave Dunkirk for fishing on the Iceland’s coast. Nowadays, this celebration is most known as the Dunkirk carnival which is a continuation of this old tradition. It is celebrated yearly in every parts of the town and in the village around during a period of two months. More than just a tradition, the carnival is also a party gathering every Dunkirk communities to pay tribute to its traditions, friendships and openness.

Rather than focusing on the carnival, I documented the atmosphere surrounding it through moments of life while also focusing on the fancy dresses “cletches” worn by the Dunkirk people during the carnival celebration.