The Solidarity Festival takes place in November in Rennes. As of November 2017, it replaced the International Solidarity Week after 19 years.

AECIN and AESCD have been involved for several years, within the MIR in Rennes and Cesson-Sévigné. In 2014, ANIRE also participated.

Festisol 2023 program

AESCD and AECIN were involved in organizing the following actions in 2023.

As part of the International House of Rennes:

  • Exhibition The millet, a rich legacy full of promises from November 17 to December 1st at Epi Condorcet, Saint Jacques de la Lande.
  • Reception of primary school classes at the International House of Rennes for activities on the theme of food sovereignty from November 20 to December 1st. Training of a group of high school students from the Maison Familiale Rurale of Saint-Aubin d’Aubigné and a group of students from Rennes School of Business to lead activity sessions.

As part of the Platform of International Solidarity Associations of Cesson-Sévigné:

  • Exhibition “Solidarity enriches diversity” by ASTH (Association Service Transport Handicapés), Hall du Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 15 to December 5.
  • Exhibition “Muryar Mata/Voices of Women” at the Media Library of Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 15 to December 5.
  • Presentation of the actions of Cesson-based associations for international solidarity, Hall du Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 17 to December 24.
  • On Tuesday, November 21 at 8:30 PM at Cinéma Le Sévigné, "We have a dream », by Pascal Plisson, followed by a debate led by ASTH.

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2022

AESCD and AECIN participate in the organization of the following actions in 2022

  • Exhibition “Education is an emergency” by the NGO Action Education, Hall du Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 18 to December 3.
  • Exhibition “Olympiades inter écoles Dogondoutchi Dankassari (Niger)” by the AESCD, photos by Abdoul Aziz Soumaïla, Media Library of the Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 18 to December 3.
  • Saturday, November 19, “Words of Women from here and elsewhere” at the International House of Rennes. Director Arice Siapi will be honored with a presentation of her commitments and the screening of the filmed sketches “Akwai Magana/Let’ talk about it” by Tarbiyya Tatali that she directed.
  • Meeting several primary school classes from Rennes to the MIR for events on inequality in access to water from November 21 to December 2.
  • Welcoming of Bandou Kaka, mayor Dankassari, from November 25 to December 2 for participation in Festisol, review and programming of activities of the Decentralized Cooperation Cesson-Sévigné Dankassari. He was hosted by the City of Cesson-Sévigné.
  • Presentation of the actions of Cessonnaise associations for international solidarity, Hall du Pont des Arts (Cesson-Sévigné) from November 25 to December 3.
  • Monday, November 28 at 8:30 p.m. at Cinéma Le Sévigné, “Gogo”, by Stéphane Plisson, followed by a discussion with the public.
  • Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the IUT of Rennes, “From Europe to citizens: how to face the climate challenge?” with Olivier Brunet, expert speaker member of Team EUROPE DIRECT (European Commission).
  • Thursday, December 1, Solidarity Relay for Dankassari with the children of CM1 and CM2 from Bourgchevvreuil and Beausoleil Schools in Cesson-Sévigné under the patronage of the Mayors of Cesson-Sévigné and Dankassari.
Festisol Cesson 2022

Programm of “Words of Women from here and elsewhere” in Rennes

Festisol Rennes 2022 Femmes

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2021

AESCD and AECIN took part in the organization of the following actions in 2020 :

  • The operations listed below are the ones that include a partnership with AECIN and AESCD. Some actions have been postponed since 2020.
  • From November 14th to 29th, we hosted Maman Chamadou, who carried out a mission from RAEDD to establish and follow up the AESCD and AECIN actions, as a French Government guest (with travel and insurance expenses from the French Embassy in Niger) and as a Cesson Sévigné Town council guest.
  • At the Rennes International Center, AECIN Tarbyya Tatali, with DEFI, the NFO, UNICEF 35, International Solidarity, organized an event focused on inequalities in water access; Rennes primary school classes were invited from November 15th to 26th. The Rennes Business School and students from the Saint Aubin d’Aubigné Rural Family Center were trained to supervise the activities (exhibition, games, videos, debates).
  • Panel Discussion on safe water stakes, on Monday, November 15th from 6p.m to 8.30 p.m., at the Rennes International Center; live on YouTube, from MIR, with Abdoulaye Adamou Zangui from the Niger Hydrology Ministry, Guillaume Aubourg from PSeau and Flavie Boukhenoufa from EBR.
  • Conference and Debates on Fighting epidemics, on Water and Health, a conference with Renaud Piarroux; Justine Muzik-Piquemal, and Manon Gallec, on November 17th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Rennes Medicine University.
    Exhibition: ‘Trees for a Better Life in Dankassari’, at the Pont des Arts (Cesson- Sévigné Media Center), organized by AESCD, photos by Abdou Aziz Soumaïla from November 19th to December 6th.
    - Exhibition: Sustainable Development’s 17 targets, from Good Planet Foundation, at the Pont des Arts Hall, (Cesson-Sévigné) from November to December 2021.
  • Exhibition Alimenterre, Pont des Arts Hall (Cesson-Sévigné): Understanding the causes for hunger in the world, a guide for action, and a presentation of Cesson’s charities involved in International solidarity, from November 19th to 29th.
  • Conference: Women’s Access to Health, in France, Africa, and Latin America, on Monday, November 22nd, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm with Mounia El Kotki and Yannick Jaffré online.
  • At the Sévigné Cinema: ‘The Paradox of Hunger in the World’, a debate following a show of four shorts, Monday, November 22nd at 8.30 pm.
  • Panel Discussion: dealing with violence inflicted on women in health care, Wednesday, November 22nd from 6.30 pm to 8 pm, at the Rennes International Center. November 24th from 6.30 pm to 8 pm, at the MIR and online, with Harouna Yacouba, Jérôme Blanchot, Jean-Philippe Harlicot et Christiane David.

Programme du Festival des Solidarités à Rennes et dans la Métropole

Festisol Rennes 2021

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2020

AESCD and AECIN took part in the organization of the following actions in 2020 :

• from November 6th to December 2nd, 2020, exhibition: « Trees for a Better Life in Dankassari » at the Pont des Arts Library (Cesson-Sévigné’), Cesson-Sévigné, photos by Abdelaziz Soumamïla,
• Friday, November 13th,6 pm, Conference, ’Climate and Inequalities’ by Jean Jouzel, climatologist and former president of GIEC, Law and Political Science University, admission free, compulsory registration,
• November 13th to November 21st: Alimenterre (FoodSoil) Exhibition, Pont des Arts Hall (Cesson-Sévigné): understanding the causes of starvation in the world, a debate followed by four short films,
• From November 16th to 20th, at the MIR in Rennes, an event aimed at schoolchildren, on « Water and Climate Change », organized by MIR (Rennes International Center), International Solidarity, UNICEF35, AECIN, the NGO Challenge, including the AESCD video “Water comes to Lougou at Last
• Sunday, November 29th, AECIN will be present at the ’Market of the World’ in Halle Martenot in Rennes: crafts on sale, information on the Association’s activities.


A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2019

ASCD and AECIN were involved in the following events in 2019:

  • (from November 14th to November 25th : Assimou Abarchi, Mayor of Dankassari, was hosted in Cesson-Sévigné
  • (from November 14th to the 28th) The ’Children’s Games in Dankassar I’ Exhibition, in the Pont des Arts Media Center (Cesson-Sévigné), with photos by Abdoul Aziz Soumalia,
  • (from November 16th to November 21st), exhibitions: ’Same Rights, Same Opportunities for all Children, together with UNICEF, ’Acting Here and Elsewhere’, with international solidarity associations’ from Cesson-Sévigné, in the Pont des Arts Hall (Cesson-Sévigné),
  • November 18th, 8,30 pm, at the Sévigné cinema in Cesson-Sévigné, ’Capharnaum’, a film by Nadine Labaki, (Citizenship Prize, Cannes, 2018)
  • (Nov 19th, 20th, 21st) at the Pacé Youth Club: among activities available to teenage pupils in Pacé, the film A Girl Trio in Dankassari, presentation of the booklet My Health and my teenager’s Rights: what I must know’, and debates: Discovering mid-school girls life in Niger, their problems, their expectations: The same hopes in different living conditions?
  • (Nov 24th) AECIN was present at the Market From the World, at the Martenot Hall in Rennes: sale of craftsmen’s creations, information on the association’s actions.
  • Saturday, November 30th: at Villejean’s Neighbourhood Club, within the Festisol Closing Day: exhibition of Children’s Games in Dankassari and organization of a ’langa langa’ game (hopscotch race or wrestling, very popular in school playing grounds in Niger).
SSI 2019 Cesson
SSI 2019 Cesson

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2018

  • Monday, November 19th, at the Sévigné Cinema in Cesson, short films will be shown about educational projects in Tanzania, Niger, and Peru, followed by a debate; Three Girls in Dankassari will be shown
  • From November 19th to the 25th, at the Pont-des-Arts in Cesson-Sévigné, actions by several local Associations, centered on the development and support of school education, and on training young people in Cesson toward International Solidarity,
  • Sunday, November 25th: AECIN will have a stall at the Market of the World in Rennes, Halle Martenot,
  • On Monday, November 27th at the Arvor Cinema in Rennes and on Tuesday, November 28th at the EPI Condorcet at St Jacques de La Lande will be shown the film Frontiers, the Odyssey of African Women, by Apolline Traoré ( two Awards at the 2017 Fespaco). Trailer.

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2017

  • On November 14th and 15th in Cesson-Sévigné, we hosted Abdoulaye Zangui, departmental supervisor of Water Supply in Dogon Doutchi and a key partner for water access in Dankassari.
  • November 18th to November 25th, at the Pont-des-Arts cultural center in Cesson-Sévigné, an exhibition: ‘Energy as a development trigger, Sustainable consumption’.
  • On November 20th, at 7.30 pm, at the Arvor Cinema in Rennes, ‘The Fruitless Tree’by Aïcha Macky was followed by a debate with her. On Monday, November 20th at the Sévigné cinema in Cesson were shown: the documentary ‘Dazzling Light At Apricots, Haiti,’ by Thomassaint Joseph, and the preview of Solar made in Africa by Malam Saguirou. A debate followed.

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2016

  • From November 8th to 21st, Mamane Chadaou, in charge of the Cesson-Dankassari decentralized cooperation in Niger, was invited to Cesson-Sévigné.
  • On Monday, November 14th at 8.30 p.m. the Le Sévigné Cinema in Cesson showed ‘Lougou Gets Water at Last’ and ‘ For the Best and the Onion’ by Sani Magori, and a debate followed.
  • Wednesday, November 14th at 8.30 p.m. at L’Arvor Cinema: ‘Anger in the Wind’ by Amina Weira, followed by a debate with the director.
  • Thursday, November 17th a School Solidarity Relay for Dankassari at the Roger Belliard Stadium.
  • Thursday, November 17th at 8.30 p.m., at the Pont des Arts Auditorium, a conference and debate on ‘Toward Social Development in Southern countries’.
  • Friday, November 18th at 7. p.m. at Grippé Hall, a Niger Solidarity Dinner. Menu: Bissap, Ginger juice, Yassa chicken, Fresh African Fruit Salad; tickets: 12 euros (8 euros for young people and students), reservation on
  • November 19th, 10.30 a.m.: meeting of all local decentralized cooperations in Rennes Metropole, at the Maison Internationale in Rennes.
  • On November 27th, AECIN will be present at the World Market, Halle Martenot in Rennes, within the Maison des Mondes Association.

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2015

  • From November 13th to 21st at the Citizens’Hall in Cesson, an exhibition on the activities of Cesson’s International Solidarity associations, including several panels on Cesson-Dankassari decentralized cooperation.
  • On Monday, November 16th, at 8.30 pm, the Sevigne Cinema in Cesson showed the film ‘On the Way to School’, followed by a debate on ‘Mobility as a trigger for integration’.
  • On November 18th, at 4 p.m. at l’Escale in Cesson, a young people’s meeting: Does Humanitarian action appeal to you?
  • On November 19th, at the Pont des Arts Auditorium in Cesson, “social and solidarity economy, a tool for social and economic development.
  • On Saturday, November 21st, the AECIN joins the Book Festival dedicated to Africa, in Saint-Brieuc.
  • On Sunday, November 22nd, AECIN joins the Markets of the World, Halle Martenot, in Rennes.
Maison des Mondes 2015 à Rennes
Sous les feuilles du Baobab

A reminder of the actions scheduled in 2014

Maison des Mondes 2014 à Rennes
  • “Family Agriculture, an Asset for our Planet”, an exhibition held from October 27th to November 7th at the International Center in Rennes and from November 13th to the 21st at the Citizen’s Hall in Cesson.
  • On November 14th at 6.30 p.m., Regards Croisés, organized by the Nigerien students, at the Rennes 2 University,
  • ‘Captains of Hope’, film and debate on rural development for sustainable development, at the Sévigné cinema on Monday, November 17th at Cesson.
  • On Wednesday, November 19th, ‘For Better, For Onions’, film and debate with the producer, Sani el Hadj Magori, at the International Center at 8.30 p.m.
  • On November 20th, International Solidarity In favor of Rural Development, with Bernard Jouan, chairman of Agro Sans Frontières and in charge of projects in Western Africa, at the auditorium of Cesson’s Cultural Center, at 8.30 p.m.
  • Maison des Squares in Renne: On November 25th, a talk on girls’ education in Niger. On November 26th, a talk on the conservation of the last herd of white giraffes in western Africa,
  • On November 30th, AECIN will take part in Market of the World at the Halle Martenot in Rennes.
  • On December 1st, a debate on women’s rights in Niger, between Zara Moussa, a Nigerien rapper, and a class from the Sévigné High School in Cesson.

More details on the SSI 2014 leaflet in Cesson. and 2014 Home of the Worlds in Rennes.