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-Saint-Géréon, 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 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,
and emotions.… Let yourself go!

A word from the festival 2018’s patron

Isabelle Perrin

“What a joy and pride to be patron of the second Harpes au Max festival and to be in the beautiful District of Ancenis. A festival like this one, running over such a long period of time, and entirely dedicated to the harp, is truly one-of-a-kind and its program is, as always, magnificent and of great diversity. Come and discover an instrument that is generally agreed to be magical. Yes, discover! Because even those who are familiar with this instrument will undoubtedly discover it in many unexpected ways. ”

A word from the president of Ancenis district council (2018)

Jean-Michel Tobie

“Harpes au Max is back for a second edition. The District of Ancenis has adopted the harp in the long term for people to discover the magic of this instrument and the beauty of its villages and towns. An event that is beneficial for the balance, image and influence of the area, where everyone is invited to make the festival and local culture their own. Enjoy!”

A word from Jakez François, President of Harpes Camac (2018)

Jakez François

“We would like to invite you to discover the eclectic programme of the second Harpes au Max festival. You’ll be astounded by the numerous sides of the harp, an instrument several
thousand years old, but still very much alive!”