THE FESTIVAL ETHOS
Harpes au Max, the first international harp festival in the Ancenis district is designed to link the region and its inhabitants, Ancenis district and the world that surrounds it and different genres of music for the entertainment of all. As Camac Harps comes from the region, COMPA and its historical partner Ancenis have been able to create an exceptional event dedicated to the harp.
In 2012, when Ancenis District Council wanted to hold an event to animate
and publicise the region, Harpes Camac celebrated its 40 year anniversary
and held a series of concerts together with Ancenis. The success of this event inspired this new festival, Harpes au Max.
A nod to the Marx Brothers
Organised by Ancenis District Council, Harpes Camac and Ancenis, under the patronage of Marie-Claire Jamet, internationally renowned harpist, the festival promises
many surprises. The festival’s name, Harpes au Max, is a nod to one of the
masters of silent movies, Harpo Marx. Born Adolph Marx, this American Jewish
comic actor was part of the Marx Brothers. Always mute in his films,
dressed in a trench coat and top hat, he was a funny, endearing character
who acted like a child. And his peculiarity? He played the harp!
A festival full of surprises
Eclectic and different, at Harpes au Max you’ll discover harps never before
seen in France, amateur foreign ensembles and famous artists.
You’ll leave the event having heard a wide range of musical genres – world,
classical, pop, Celtic and electronic. Discoveries, happiness, shared moments,
Let yourself go!