Les Francofolies : one of the most important festivals when it comes to showcasing the many talents of the French-speaking scene to the world. And, just like the Printemps de Bourges, another well-known French festival, the Francofolies has a side program, an award & support system built for scouting and supporting the rising talents of the French-speaking music scene : the Chantier des Francofolies, also known as the Chantier des Francos. We unveiled their 2021 selection to you last year, and we are doing the same this year by presenting the fifteen candidates in the running for this year’s grand prize !

Chantier des Francos Francofolies 2022 Suzane Chateau Forte Gwendoline Kalika Ladavina Lonny Romane Sabrina Bellaouel Zinée

– this year’s shortlist for the Chantier des Francofolies 

The Chantier des Francofolies is an artistic accelerator that has supported emerging artists of the French-speaking music scene since 1998. Among the artists that have been supported these past few years, we count among them famous figures such as Suzane, November Ultra, Aurus, Malik Djoudi, Pomme, Juliette Armanet, and more. Moreover, this year, some former winners and candidates have even announced their nomination for the Victoires de la Musique 2022, which further establishes the reputation of the Chantier des Francofolies and its ability to cast a light on tomorrow’s main French-speaking artists.

This year’s shortlist is essentially filled with female names that we find in the running for the Chantier des Francos prize. Of the 15 candidates that are listed, 12 of them are the names of female artists – and if we count the women that are to be found in the duos and trios in the list, their number even rises to 14. It is a heartwarming number, especially given the difficulties encountered by women & gender minorities when trying to work their way up the French music scene : according to the latest survey by PRODISS, the French national union for musical and variety shows, 81% of women state that they have encountered difficulties & obstacles during their career solely because of their gender.

We therefore wish lots of beautiful things to the artists in the running this year : get to know the artists of this year’s selection in its official playlist below !

About the Chantier des Francofolies 2021 : Aurus, Bandit Bandit, Fils Cara, November Ultra… : the French accelerator Le Chantier des Francos announces its artists for 2021 !


The Chantier des Francofolies is to be found on their website as well as on Instagram.

About the Author: Cloé Gruhier

As a music web writer for several years, I have developed a particularly devoted passion for electronic and alternative musics. From the ethereal melodies of Max Cooper to the introspective music and lyrics of Banks, my radar has me listening to the wide French and international independent music scene... all of this between communication plans for independent labels and artists !