2016 Mars en Folie

2016 Mars en Folie

As a flagship event of the 2016 Francophonie Festival, Mars en Folie (March Madness) is a celebration of French music presented by four Francophone countries and regions, including the Alliances Françaises network, the embassies of Canada, Switzerland and Belgium / Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, and the Québec offices in China.

Four talented music groups will be performing on stage and showcase the charms of French chanson to the audience, opening a new chapter of French music in China.

The 2016 Mars en Folie will be a spectacular event, presenting more than 30 concerts in 14 cities from March 10th to the 25th. From indie pop, pop, punk, jazz to rap, a diverse array of music will provide a sensational and thrilling experience. At Mars en Folie you will encounter a brand new stage, frenetic rhythms, and a dazzling array of sounds and lyrics. There is indie pop music, romantic and philosophical music, from Nicolas Michaux (Belgium / Wallonia-Brussels); ballroom punk chanson from Fabian Tharin (Switzerland) that rebels against traditions with unique melodies and lyrics; Babel (France) who moves between jazz and rap with a genius touch of sounds and words; as well as Félix Dyotte (Canada/Québec), who infuses endless elegance and grace into pop music. All will bring a burst of energy to the music scene of March. We sincerely welcome you to the more than 30 French music concerts presented by Alliances Françaises network, the embassies of Canada, Switzerland and Belgium / Wallonia-Brussels Delegation, and Québec offices in China. Four groups representing pop, punk, jazz and rap will be performing on stage and bring you an exceptional experience of French culture.


In the spring of 2010, the quartet band, Babel was discovered at the Terrain Neutre Théâtre (TNT) in Nantes. Far from conventional, Babel has a free-spirit style unlike a traditional quartet band. With their singing and instruments (guitar, cello, keyboard, and turntable) wonderfully harmonized, the artists go beyond traditional musical methods to deliver a surprising debut album. Slammed or sung, their texts collide in a universe located at the crossroads of jazz and hip-hop.

France / Lyrical

Fabian Tharin has an incredible gift for writing and, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of the most original and surprising artists in Switzerland’s music scene today. With his unquenchable thirst for discovery and experimentation, he is an adept at deconstructing, stone by stone, the foundations of French chanson as we know it. With the fourth album, the Yverdon singer, has encouraged a horde of authentic swiss rebels to lend their voices to the various tracks in the album. His very singular writing style is the perfect foil to his hip-hop rhythms. A live performance you simply must not miss!

Fabian Tharin : Lead signer, keyboard

Raoul Baumann : Keyboard

Patrick Dufresne : Percussionist


Switzerland / Ballroom punk chanson

Félix Dyotte infuses endless elegance and grace into pop music by emphasizing aesthetic values. He sings the ups and downs of intricate love stories with metaphoric poems and fluid transitions. Through expressive melodies, this young singer-songwriter will take the audience to an enchanting world of music. Setting an ideal tone for the summer, this album compiles 13 songs that excite people’s mind with eternal sunshine, which brings the audience a sense of gentleness, tenderness and openness.

Canada/Québec/ Elegant Pop

These last years, Nicolas has traveled from Denmark to Congo via Montreal. His music is inspired by all the people he met, many of the landscapes he saw and every city in which he lost himself. His songs talk about love, happiness and light. These songs are also about the disfigurement of the world and all the forces that oppose it. On tour in China, Nicolas Michaux will be accompanied by Clément Nourry, unparalleled guitarist who is also a multi-instrumentalist and has performed in several musical projects like Joy as a toy.

Belgium / Wallonia-Brussels / Indie Pop


18.03.2016 19:00 - 18.03.2016 23:15
Ticketing: 010-65532678
Free entrance by invitation


Yugong Yishan

3-2 Zhang Zizhong Lu

Dongcheng district, Beijing, Beijing


Phone : 010-64042711


16.03.2016 20:00
Ticketing: 028-8320 6133
At door 80 RMB/Presale 60 RMB


Little Bar Space

B120 Fountain Place,  MXIC, 8 Shuangqing Lu 

Chenghua district, Chengdu, Sichuan



22.03.2016 19:00
Ticketing: 020-84114939
Free entrance by reservation
The K .K. Leung Hall


Haizhu district, Guangzhou, Guangdong



24.03.2016 19:00
Ticketing: - 0571-88082526
Free entrance by invitation
Theater of Xiasha campus


Zhejiang Gongshang University, Xiasha campus

18 Xuezheng Jie

Jianggan district, Hangzhou, Zhejiang



11.03.2016 19:00
Free entrance
Performance Hall


Licheng district, Jinan, Shandong



10.03.2016 19:00 - 10.03.2016 21:00
Ticketing: 0532-85906232
Free entrance


Ocean University of China, Laoshan campus

238 Songling Road

Laoshan district, Qingdao, Shandong



25.03.2016 20:30
Free entrance


MAO Live House

308 Chongqing South Road

Huangpu district, Shanghai, Shanghai


Phone : 021-64450086


12.03.2016 19:00
Free entrance



1868-2008 Gonghe Xinlu

Zhabei district, Shanghai, Shanghai



13.03.2016 19:30
Ticketing: 022-23540229
Free entrance with reservation


13 Club

55 Chifeng Dao

Heping district, Tianjin, Tianjin



15.03.2016 21:00 - 15.03.2016 22:45
Ticketing: 027-87596030
Free entrance by invitation


Vox Livehouse

Guoguang Dasha, 118 Lumo Road

Hongshan district, Wuhan, Hubei


Phone : 027-8759 6030


17.03.2016 19:00 - 17.03.2016 21:30
Ticketing: 029-88302774
Free entrance


North West University (South Campus)

1 Xuefu Dadao, Guodu Zhen

Changan district, Xi'an, Shaanxi







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