We are no longer accepting musician applications for 2017 Festival lineup. Please check back in May of 2017 for the online application.
In addition to artistic quality which is of primary importance in choosing artists, there are other factors to consider in order to present a visual and performing arts program which is diverse and balanced.
AREAS OF THE WORLD
The Festival features music from France, Belgium, Canada, Africa, the Caribbean, U.S., Louisiana, and other parts of the world.
LOCAL & REGIONAL MUSIC
Festival includes programming of local & regional artists, including indigenous styles such as Cajun, zydeco, jazz, blues, Gospel, Native American, and rock. Since there are many other Louisiana festivals in existence which feature local artists prominently, our aim is rather to bring artists in who reflect upon aspects of Louisiana culture, and to feature local artists as part of a broader, global community.
Annual lineup should show a heavy emphasis on Francophone acts. A Francophone artist is one who lives in or is a native of one of the French-speaking countries or regions identified by the Agence de Cooperation Culturel et Technique. Louisiana is by definition Francophone.
The festival considers both ‘traditional’ and ‘progressive’ artists in each genre and chooses a balance of both.
EMERGING VS. ESTABLISHED
The Festival has become known for both debuting new or emerging artists as well as presenting more established artists.
The festival chooses authentic performances, for example, Africans performing traditional music rather than Americans performing African music.
GENDER & RACE OF PERFORMERS
The festival strives for equal representation.