“Le Grand Soufflet” is an international accordion festival. It has been taking place every year in October in the city of Rennes and other different cities of the Ille-et-Vilaine department (French Brittany) since 1996. It is now one of the most important festival dedicated to the instrument. About 12 000 people attend to the festival each year, in 30 to 40 venues.
The purpose of the festival is to show the modernity and the diversity of accordion (and Harmonica, so we already invited some of the most important artists from all over the world (Brasil, Canada, Argentina, Madagascar, Finland, etc…) but also young promising artists from France and other countries.
Some of the international artists invited over the years : CELSO PIÑA / RICHARD GALLIANO / C.J. CHENIER / TONINHO FERRAGUTTI / SVÄNG / JEAN CORTI / JUAN JOSE MOSALINI / JOHANNA JUHOLA / RICCARDO TESI / CORY PESATURO / KIMMO POHJONEN / ARTHUR BACON / CATHRIN PFEIFFER...
6th of October > 15th of October
From chamame with Chango Spasiuk to classical tango with Tango Carbón, without forgetting french humor about tango with Maria Dolores y Amapola Quartet and lyrical tango with the international opera « L’Ombre de Venceslao », as well as the nuevo tango of Otros Aires and El Juntacadáveres, this edition of Le Grand Soufflet is dédicated to Argentina. As Buenos Aires music is also rich with electro cumbia and we are happy to welcome King Coya, La Yegros’ producer from the ZZK record label, and the newcomers of Faauna.
The international line-up is also Mexican with Pato Machete, from Control Machete, Russian with the girl rock band Iva Nova and German with Fiddler’s Green’s speed folk.
French artists play blues, such as Gotti / Henaux and Little Bob Blues Bastards and historical songs with Dorsaf Hamdani and Daniel Mille’s “Barbara-Fairouz” show and Balbazar and their cover songs from the 30’s.
Please be curious and discover the whole 2016 line-up ! and all the venues of the festival
> 2016 artists : Dorsaf Hamdani & Daniel Mille, César Stroscio & Trio Esquina, Chango Spasiuk, Claudio Capéo, Antonio Rivas & Joaquin Diaz, Faauna, Fiddler’s Green, Forró de Rebeca, Giuliano Gabriele, Johnny Montreuil, La Petite Roulotte, Little Bob Blues Bastards, Mam-Human Swing Box, Maria Dolores Y Amapola Quartet, Haïdouti Orkestar, Sidi Wacho, Vent Pire, Gotti / Henaux, Yves Jamait, Balbazar, Bretelle & Garance, Ça Va Valser, Chris Jagger, Duo Polonara/Risueño, El Juntacadáveres, Iva Nova, King Coya, Les Femmes à Bretelles, l’Ombre de Venceslao, Otros Aires, Pato Machete, Radio Tutti & Barilla Sisters, Steel Alive, Tango Carbón.