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 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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Revised Amis du Festival and Festival Passes Announced

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce a revised Festival Pass program and the re-introduction of Amis du Festival! After 2015’s pilot year for the Festival Pass program, the organization has tweaked and simplified the options for pass holders. In addition, the organization revised the Amis du Festival program to show more gratitude to Festival supporters. The reworked Festival Pass program and Amis du Festival was announced at Saturday’s fundraiser, La Fête du Festival.

“Over the past few months, we’ve reached out to past Festival supporters. We need and value our community support,” says Scott Feehan, President of the Board of Directors. “We’re doing everything we can to reconnect with the community.”

Festival supporters have been anticipating the revamped Amis du Festival program for 2016. One of the main highlights is the FIRST EDITION of Live from Festival International de Louisiane 2015 – a live compilation audio CD featuring performances from 2015 Festival.  This is the first time that Festival has produced a CD of this nature and is thrilled to share this with donors.
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