Festival International announces Volunteer Opportunities

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is accepting smiling faces to volunteer in a variety of roles during this year’s Festival April 22-26, 2015. Festival International is known for the supporters and volunteers that keep it fun and free year after year.  The organization relies on upwards of 2,000 volunteers to assure the event is a success.

Board Member Nick Acuri is returning as the co-chair of the Volunteer Center for a third year. “We have a crazy five days and over 2,000 volunteers who feel like it’s their duty to help out festival and it’s our job to facilitate that the best we can.”

“We dance, we shout and we sell pins!” says longtime volunteer Lisa Bourque. “Each year this remarkable team organizes an amazing experience in our wonderful city and they need enthusiastic, community minded individuals and groups to bring it all to life. Volunteering is the greatest way to experience Festival International.”

Festival International invites everyone to volunteer and become a part of the Festival experience. Volunteer registration is now open through the online Volunteer Center at www.festivalinternational.org/volunteer. View all of the volunteer opportunities and register for the area and shift times of your choice. The online system will allow individuals and groups to register, create their own schedule and track hours worked.

“After the line-up announcement, launching the volunteer website is the next big task. We have to build and coordinate around 500 shifts in 23 different areas before the site is ready for sign-ups,” says Executive Director Missy Paschke-Wood.

Volunteers are vital to the longevity and success of Festival year after year. Festival International is looking for a variety of volunteers to work in the following areas:

-Pass Zones
-Artist Hospitality
-La Boutique
-Marche Hospitality
-Musicians Village Cafe
-Scène des Jeunes (Youth Area)

All volunteers receive the coveted 2015 volunteer t-shirt, an invite to the exclusive volunteer party post-festival, and bragging rights year round. Festival International will give credit for court ordered community service to those who volunteer in the recycling and production areas.

For more information on job descriptions, shifts, and to sign up to become Festival Volunteer, please visit www.festivalinternational.org/volunteer or email: volunteer@festivalinternational.org

Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME) Showcases Louisiana Musicians

Lafayette, LA, February 25, 2015 – Each year, Festival International de Louisiane hosts the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME), along with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission. LIME is designed to promote and present Louisiana musicians to music industry professionals from around the world. The event takes place on the Friday of Festival International and encourages professional networking opportunities and interactions, while showcasing Louisiana musicians.

“We, at festival, feel a responsibility to not only bring the world to Lafayette, but to expose our wonderful local music to the world outside of Lafayette,” says Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International.   “This is a great opportunity for professional bands, who are ready to tour, to meet organizers of festivals and venues from across the U.S. and internationally on a one on one basis.”

Scheduled for Friday, April 24, at the Feed & Seed, LIME will host a private Musicians Lounge and Speed Booking with registered musicians and music buyers. The event will then open the doors to the public for a five-band showcase of local musicians, admission is $7. “This is a great way for fans of local music to come out and support their favorite artists and possibly discover new bands as well,” says Stafford. “It really helps the local music scene flourish.”

LIME’s invited guests consist of music supervisors, event presenters, festival programmers, record labels, A&R, agents, etc. Past industry attendees include those from Lincoln Center Music Festival (Washington D.C.), World Music Institute (New York), Marabi Productions/Musiques-Metisses Festival (France), Citifolk Festival (Dayton, Ohio), Blues Passion Festival (France), Lake Eden Arts Festival (North Carolina), Red River Revel Music Festival (Louisiana), Festivals Acadiens de Caraquet (New Brunswick), Rhythm & Roots Festival (Rhode Island), Savannah World Music Festival (Georgia), Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), and many more.

New to LIME this year is a workshop at Tipitina’s Co-Op in advance of the event to help local musicians sell their music at LIME. Taking place March 24, the workshop will include staff from Festival International and Tipitina’s showing musicians how to revise their elevator pitch, maximize their promotional materials, anticipate questions from buyers and register for LIME.

“Festival International does so much for our community and we are excited and thankful to be a part of this workshop, which is a terrific way the staff of Festival is giving back to the musicians of Acadiana,” says Chad Fouquier with Tipitina’s. “We are hoping that the participants walk away with a more advanced concept of how to effectively package and sell their act to potential buyers.”

As LIME enters its eighth year, the event strives to evolve and at the same time fulfill its original mission to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy by capitalizing on the state’s largest cultural export — music. Part of that evolution will be in the form of Official After Festival LIME Showcases at partner venues, including Feed & Seed, Artmosphere and Jefferson Street Pub. Visiting music buyers registered for LIME will get a VIP pass to these shows and hopefully broaden their musical experience during Festival International.

Louisiana musicians and music industry professional can register for LIME at:


LIME Schedule for 2015:

Tuesday, March 24

Tipitina’s Co-Op Workshop – 203 Jefferson St.

6:30 p.m.


Friday, April 24


The Feed & Seed – 106 N. Grant St.

12:00-1:30 p.m. – Speed Booking (LIME registrants only)
Showcases (open to the public):

1:45-2:05 p.m. – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys (Cajun)

2:20-2:40 p.m. – Blayze N’ Saddles (Country)

2:55-3:15 p.m. – Michael Juan Nunez (Blues)
3:30-3:50 p.m. – The Amazing Nuns

4:05-4:30 p.m. – Jeffery Broussard & the Creole Cowboys plus Jeffery Broussard Family Band (Zydeco)


Official LIME After Festival Showcases:

The Feed & Seed – 106 N. Grant St.

Thursday, April 23 – Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys with Sweet Cecilia

Friday, April 24 – Bonsoir Catin, CC Adcock & The Lafayette Marquis plus French Axe

Saturday, April 25 – The Rayo Brothers, Matt Babineaux & The Climbers plus Kevin

Sekhani & His Travelling Companions


Artmosphere – 902 Johnston St.

Wednesday, April 22 – Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band

Thursday, April 23 – Blayze n Saddles, Rad Wagon plus Cedric Watson & the Mad


Sunday, April 25 – Sweet Cecilia


Jefferson Street Pub – 500 Jefferson St.

Thursday, April 23 – Zydeco Radio


LIME initially arose as a response to an effort by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism’s Office of Cultural Development’s appeal to institutions across Louisiana to look for new and innovative ways to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy. LIME was the first to answer this call, using Festival International as the setting for interaction between the musicians of Acadiana and a bevy of presenters, agents and labels. The Louisiana International Music Exchange not only forms a network between artists and presenters, but also increases the economic wealth of Louisiana by creating jobs and futures. LIME capitalizes on Louisiana’s largest cultural export — music. To learn more about LIME, visit festivalinternational.org/special-events/lime/ or www.facebook.com/louisianainternationalmusicexchange.

Tickets for Big Freedia After Party selling fast

Don’t miss the Official Big Freedia After Party hosted by NiteTown on Friday, April 24th.
It’s going down! Be there when The Queen Diva brings her unique and Big Freediainternationally acclaimed New Orleans Bounce to Lafayette for the first time.  Space is limited – this is expected to be a sold out show!

Friday, April 24, 2015
Doors open at 9pm with DJ Digital
Show starts at 11:30 with Big Freedia, Queen of Bounce and her shake team, the Divas (Show will begin after all headlining shows close on Festival stages.)


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2015 Lineup Announced

Festival International de Louisiane Announces 2015 Lineup

Lafayette, LA – The 2015 lineup once again features some of the world’s most talented and influential performers. Anjélque Kidjo from Benin, Ukrainian folk-punk quartet DakhaBrakha, Portland’s MarchFourth Marching Band, Quebec’s Nomadic Massive, Lafayette’s own GIVERS and Buckwheat’s World feat Buckwheat Zydeco serve as this year’s headliners.

These musicians will be sub-headlined by an equally diverse group of performers such as JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound, Vieux Farka Touré from Mali, Noura Mint Seymali from Mauritania, Groupto Fantasma, Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience, Jon Cleary, Tal National, Aurelio Martinez, Lisa LeBlanc, The Jones Family Band Singers, Lagbaja, Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit, and Cambalache from Mexico.

This year marks a long-awaited return to Lafayette for audience favorite, Grammy Award-winning Anjélque Kidjo. MarchFourth Marching Band is one of the most requested bands in Festival history and DahkaBrakha are the hottest act in international music today.

Local Louisiana acts include Roddie Romero & the Hub City All-Stars, Lil Nathan & the Zydeco Big Timers, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, Bonsoir Catin, the Lost Bayou Ramblers, Brass Bed, Feufollet, Soul Creole, Sunny Duval, Bas Clas, Jeffery Broussard Family Band, Cedric Watson & the Mad Minstrels, Connie G, Leroy Thomas & the Zydeco Roadrunners, Corey Ledet & his Zydeco Band, The Figs, and more!

Festival is especially proud of some local collaborations that will be highlighted in 2015 including Les Etoiles d’Immersion avec Zachary Richard et ses Amis, the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, the International Fiddle Summit featuring David Greely, Sainte-Anne Alumni Allstar Band, and Tipitina’s Intern Musicians from Lafayette.

Big Freedia, the undisputed Queen of New Orleans Bounce, will be playing the first ever Official Festival After Party on Friday, April 24 at NiteTown. Festival is thrilled to welcome this trailblazing artist to Lafayette. Tickets to the After Party are $20 and can be purchased online at festivalinternational.org. All proceeds benefit Festival.

Festival International introduces the Festival Pass

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to introduce the new Festival Passes. While the festival will continue to remain free to the public, the Festival Pass is a program offered for those who wish to elevate their Festival experience. The Festival Pass was announced at Thursday’s fundraiser, La Fete du Festival.

“We’re excited for these changes. It ensures that festival continues to grow and stays strong for many years to come.” Says, Tucker Sappington, President of the Board of Directors.

Over the summer, Festival International put out a short survey to Festival lovers, asking for feedback on improving Festival. The organization received over 1000 responses in under 48 hours, far surpassing expectations. Among the most popular concerns were access to clean, private restrooms and shorter drink lines. In response to public feedback, Festival International has developed three levels of passes, offering an option for any budget.

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La Fete du Festival, presented by Helmer Announced

Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce the inaugural La Fete du Festival, presented by Helmer Directional Drilling, to be held on Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm at the Acadiana Center for the Arts.

“We’re very excited about this new event and are grateful for Helmer Directional Drilling, and their continued support throughout the years. We’re looking forward to offering a new event for our Festival community.” Says Tucker Sappington, President of the Board of Festival International.

“We continue to support Festival International because of the local enjoyment of this great event and the positive economic impact it has for our community.” Says Richard Helmer, President of Helmer Directional Drilling.

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