“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 15 000 people attend to the festival each year, in 30 to 40 venues, mainly about 120 people venues and about 5 venues around 500 people.
The purpose of the festival is to show the modernity and the diversity of accordion (and harmonica in modern style of music such as electronic, punk, rock, experimental... So we already invited some of the most important artists from all over the world representing different styles of music (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 :
KIMMO POHJONEN (electro fusion Finlande), RICHARD GALLIANO (Jazz France), MOTION TRIO (classique contemporain Pologne), QUANTIC (electro Cumbia France), KING COYA (electro cumbia Argentine), KOTTARASHKY & THE RAIN DOGS (electro World Bulgarie) , ORCHESTRE SYMPHONIQUE DE BRETAGNE & PASCAL CONTET (contemporain France), MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND (electro cumbia Mexique), ANAKRONIC ELECTRO ORKESTRA (electro Dub France), GYSPSY SOUND SYSTEM (electro world Suisse) , ALDO GRANATO (electro world Belgique), NOMAD FREQUENCIES (electro world France), FAAUNA (electro cumbia Argentine), RADIKAL SATAN (punk expérimental Argentine), PATO MACHETE (Rap hip hop Mexique) , THE URBAN VOODOO MACHINE (punk rock Angleterre), TONINHO FERRAGUTTI Forro jazz Brésil), THE ROUGHNECK RIOT (punk Angleterre)...

2019 Festival : 2d of October > 12th of October
Line up closed end of April and published in July

> 1996 to 2018 line-ups

To prepare your stay in Rennes : www.tourisme-rennes.com/en
For press inquiries : presse[a]legrandsoufflet.fr
For artistic propositions : programmation[a]legrandsoufflet.fr