Monday, April 23, 2007

French-speaking performers inundate Lafayette, La, during Festival International de Louisiane Ap 25 - 29; free art and music on 6 stages

Festival Internationale 2006
Originally uploaded by Focus Pocus.
The annual 5-day Festival Internationale de Louisiane is held during the last full week of April in historic downtown Lafayette, Louisiana, says

The town on the Vermilion River is transformed via six music stages, food court areas, street musicians and animators, arts and crafts boutiques, art galleries, beverage stands, cultural workshops, international cooking demonstrations (m-hm) and a world music store.

Events are free to the public and designed to encourage family participation from all sectors of the community (Lafayette's population is some 100,000).

The fest is powered by some 1000 volunteers. All programming for the festival is designed to celebrate cultural expression in a variety of forms, they say.

Imagine performers from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and South America; from all across the former French Empire. Then imagine their foods, plus the cuisine of Lafayette and Nouvelle Orleans, and a global offering of visual arts, too.

As you will see, it's an alternative to New Orleans Jazzfest and an extraordinary event. The drive from Shreveport to Lafayette is under 4 hours of painless navigation, thus day trips to Fest Internationale ought to be on the agenda for many Louisianians.

Bon appetit.

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