Festival Friday Kickoff Night – Zucchero Sugar Fornaciari
Come enjoy this official Festival Kickoff night with one of Italy’s finest performers, Zucchero.
Zucchero Fornaciari is an Italian singer-songwriter and musician, with an Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.His stage name Zucchero is the Italian word for sugar, as his elementary teacher used to call him. His music is largely inspired by gospel, soul, blues and rock music, and alternates between Italian ballads and more rhythmic R&B-boogie-like pieces. He is credited as the “father of the Italian blues,” introducing the blues music on the big stage in Italy.
Moliere’s classic comedy of bad manners, Tartuffe (or The Imposter), gets a snazzy update in this production, created especially for Festival Internationale de Louisiane.
White Rabbit Red Rabbit
White Rabbit Red Rabbit has been called a play, but really it’s a lively, global sensation that no-one is allowed to talk about. Iranian playwright Nassim Soleimanpour has created this ‘theater entertainment meets social experiment,’ where actors perform a script they have not seen before the lights go up, and will make you question everything you know.
Slamdango 2: Electric Boogaloo! Puppet Slam
Due to previously sold out Festival crowds, Wanderlust returns to present innovative and provocative short-form puppet and object theater to an adult audience. For audiences 18 years or older.
The Timeline (for children)
The Timeline, an Allison Wonderland Children’s Theatre production will take you on a journey through time from Ancient Greek Theatre all the way to present-day Hamilton. We will touch on the major happenings in theatre history along the way including Commedia Dell Arte, Shakespeare, Vaudeville, Zeigfield Follies, MGM Movie Musicals of the 40s & 50s, Late 20th century, and into our current theatre scene of the 21st century!
An Explosion of Words and Sound : A Gathering of Six French-Speaking Poets
Six French-speaking poets from Canada and Louisiana meet at this show to display their colors and culture. From different horizons, they will make you discover or rediscover their part of the country, their beauty, their uniqueness. It’s an event blending harmoniously poetry with distinct accents and subject matter and folkloric music.
SoLEAUX: A Short Festival of devised work
Now in its second year at Festival International, this eclectic presentation of new work features devised pieces by talented university performance artists. Manipulating light, sound, song, mixed media, and spoken word, SoLEAUX explores human connection, cultural displacement, familial bonds, and encounters between Acadiana and the outside world.
Cypress Knee Theatre Co Presents a Folkloric Odyssey
Cypress Knee Theatre Company embarks on a folkloric odyssey of bayou poems, whispered spells, and good gris-gris in this re-imagination of Cajun myths and legends. The loup-garou is close! Lay 13 pennies, beans, and broomstraws by the door!
Cajun/Creole Comedy One Man Show
Jerrod Guillory is a South Louisiana comedian who delivers humor and laughter as a strong punch line, without the use of explicit language. Guillory embraces all of the southwest Louisiana culture and has a genuine love and respect for his French speaking ancestors. In his stand-up, he tells the tails of everyday living, the meaning of family and what living in Acadiana is all about. If you haven’t seen him yet, you’re truly missing out.
Courir du Festival 5K, presented by Stuller
The annual Courir du Festival 5K presented by Stuller will take place in the tree-shaded neighborhoods of downtown Lafayette, LA. It’s also one more way to support Festival International de Louisiane! We encourage Festival-goers of all ages to run or walk through the heart of Cajun Country. The event includes T-shirt, live music by Belzébuth from Québec, food, and drinks.
Louisiana International Music Exchange
Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME) is designed to promote and present Louisiana musicians to music industry professionals from around the world. The mission is to boost Louisiana’s cultural economy by capitalizing on the state’s largest cultural export — music. These events are offered to encourage professional networking opportunities for Louisiana musicians. Visiting music industry professionals registered for LIME will get a VIP pass to these shows to broaden their musical experience during Festival International.
These artists will be performing a showcase during the event:
1:00PM-1:10PM – Welcome
1:10PM-1:30PM – Rareluth
1:30PM-1:50PM – Sweets
1:50PM-2:10PM – Sean Ardoin + Zydekool
2:10PM-2:30PM – Abby Sonbucher
2:35PM-3:35PM – Music Industry Panel
3:35PM-4:00PM – Industry Networking