Festival International de Louisiane Presents Patron’s Preview Haiti: Paintings from Paradise, A Special 30th Anniversary Exhibition

Lafayette, LA – In celebration of its 30th anniversary, Festival International de Louisiane proudly presents a Patron’s Preview of Haiti: Paintings from Paradise featuring the collection of Yvonne and Glenn Stokes with additional paintings from the collections of John Allen Franciscus, Paul and Madlyn Hilliard and Sandra and Joel Wallins. The Preview will be held on Wednesday, March 9 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Acadiana Center for the Arts, 101 W. Vermilion Street in Lafayette.

The exhibit will feature more than 100 vibrant paintings expressing the creativity, courage, and perseverance of the people of Haiti while honoring the visual arts as a major component of Festival International de Louisiane. Attendees will view a wide variety of artistic styles reflecting African and European influences and the diverse subjects of traditional Haitian art. “Perhaps what is most striking about the painting tradition in Haiti, unrefined and sacred,” says exhibition curator and founding president of Festival International, Herman Mhire, “is its ability to rise above tragedy and evoke optimism.”

The Patron’s Preview will be a dressy casual event with cocktails, wine and hors d’oeuvres. The exhibition will be accompanied by a full color exhibition catalog made possible by a grant from the Elemore Morgan, Jr. Visual Arts Endowment, a fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana.

A reduced ticket price of $40 will be available until February 29th ($50 after March 1). To purchase tickets to the Patron’s Preview and support the visuals arts program of Festival International de Louisiane visit http://festivalinternational.org/special-events/haiti-paintings-from-paradise/.

Registration opens for 2016 Courir du Festival 5K, presented by Stuller

Lafayette, LA – Stuller and Festival International de Louisiane have opened registration for the annual Courir du Festival 5K, presented by Stuller. The race is open to all ages and will take place at Scène Chevron Héritage on Jefferson Street, across from Chase Towers on Saturday, April 23rd at 8am. Registration is open early this year, in order to allow participants to plan their spring race schedule. Last year, the 5K race saw close to 700 attendees and Festival officials hope to exceed that record for 2016, the 30th anniversary of Festival International.

The Courir du Festival acts as another fundraiser for the non-profit organization. The race features live music from local band, Sabra and the Get Rights, as well as food, drinks, beer and more. The 5K course starts and finishes in downtown Lafayette, LA, winding through the shaded areas of surrounding neighborhoods.

Pre-registration is $35 per entry until February 28, 2016
Registration is $45 starting March 1, 2016
Online registration closes April 20, 2016
Onsite registration is 7:00 – 8:00 am at Scène Chevron Héritage

The 30th person to register for the race will receive a free Official Festival Poster in their registration packet. The packet includes an official Courir du Festival 5k running shirt, discounts from 5k sponsors and selected merchants. Packet pick-up will be at Tri-Running located at 2811 Johnston Street on Friday, April 22, 2015 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

There are a limited amount of official 2015 Courir du Festival 5k t-shirts available, so sign-up early! Prizes will be awarded to the first thirty runners to cross the finish line, courtesy of Lafayette General Medical Center. Race partners include Stuller, Active Acadiana, Perfect Fitz, Michelob Ultra, Dasani, Tri-Running, Pat’s Downtown, Red’s Health Club, Don’s Seafood Hut, Award Master, Zim’s Alignment, and Great Harvest Bread Co.

Register online at www.festivalinternational.org/courir. For more information please contact Race Director, Ann Craig at (337) 781-5282.

Festival International hosts Artist-in-Residence Program

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane will be hosting an artist residency program featuring France native, Pascal Danae. Danae will visit Lafayette in December 11-19th, 2015 to meet the participating Louisiana artists.  Pascal’s residency program will last for two weeks and will take place a week leading up to Festival in Lafayette, and a week after Festival in New Orleans.

The purpose of this residency program is for Pascal to meet several Louisiana artists to learn, teach, and create new ideas. The Louisiana artists include Cedric Watson (Lafayette), Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes (New Orleans), and Leyla McCalla (born of Haitian parents, lives in New Orleans). All artists sing and write in Creole French.
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