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.

The new fundraising party will feature live music by New Orleans funk & soul legends, The Jon Cleary Trio, food by Joey’s Lafayette, and libations by The Lab Handcrafted Coffee & Comforts. Jon Cleary was last seen at Festival International in 2000 where he had a surprise guest join him on stage, Bonnie Raitt.

Festival International’s Executive Director, Missy Paschke-Wood says, “Over the past year, hundreds of people have talked to me about how much they love Festival. On behalf of the board and staff, I want to invite all Festival lovers to the new La Fete du Festival to celebrate and support Festival International in its 29th year and beyond.”

La Fete promises to be an exciting party with dancing, music and comradery. It combines two events Festival used to host and opens it up to Festival lovers everywhere. Attendees will also get the first glance at the 2015 cloisonné pin design and poster, inspired by the official artwork, Radial Forms Four #4 by local artist Troy Dugas.

The official artwork will be on display and sold by silent auction during La Fete. Mr. Dugas’ work consists of collages made from vintage product labels, which are then arranged in a woven pattern to create a dynamic composition. Radial Forms Four #4 features rich, warm colors and labels that reference Acadiana’s French cultural heritage. The piece will be unveiled to the public this Saturday, November 8th at the Acadiana Center for the Arts during ArtWalk.

Tickets to La Fete du Festival are only $50 are available for purchase here.

Corporate and VIP sponsor packages are also available for $1,000. The VIP package includes tickets for up to six guests, private balcony seating with personal bottle service, meet and greet with the Jon Cleary Trio plus logo and/or name recognition as a sponsor. Click here to learn more.

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