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Festival International a Success – Merci Beaucoup!

volunteer thank youA big thank you to all the volunteers that helped out last week! You make festival happen!

If you see someone wearing an orange shirt, be sure to give them a high-five and thank them for their time!

Chevron Scène des Juenes – Update

Due to yesterday’s rain and mud, Chevron Scene des Jeunes is now a block party! Located on Vermilion Street in front of Cathedral Carmel, the Scenes des Jeunes block party opens at 12:00pm today. Street performances by Noisician Coalition and Soul Xpress Brass Band will continue and the following performances have been moved to Popeye’s Pavilion Stage.

Rocknoceros – 2:15 pm

Cambalache – 4:00 pm

Vermilion Street will be closed to thru traffic and all vehicles will need to be moved. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates.

Weather Update – Stages open at 2:00 pm

Performances will resume as scheduled starting at 2:00 pm. A few schedule changes noted below, otherwise, the stages are set to open!

Scenes des Jeunes will kick off with Rocknocerous at 2:00pm, followed by Kinobe & the Wamu Spirit at 3:00 pm.
Catch Cambalache tomorrow at noon from Scene Lafayette General Fais Do Do.

It’s time to Festival!

Weather update – Saturday

A small thunderstorm has caused a few cancellations and delays.

ASArts Band at 11:30 at Chevron Scenes des Jeunes is canceled, along with French Axe on Scene TV5Monde Lafayette. Catch French Axe today in the Chat Room at 2:30pm and again tomorrow at 1:30pm on Popeyes Pavillion de Cuisine.

Jeffery Broussard Family Band on Scene Stabil Drill International and the International Fiddle Summit on Scene Chevron Heritage are delayed until 1:00 pm.

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Festival International Draws Influential Participants with Opening Ceremonies

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane welcomes influential participants from around the world to this year’s Festival, including French government officials and international media outlets. Organizations such as Radio Canada, TV5Monde, and Afropop Worldwide have reached out to Festival International officials to cover the event.

In addition, this year’s lineup of Francophone artists has attracted several government officials from the French-speaking world. Lafayette will host Grégor Trumel, Counsel General of the French Consulate in New Orleans, Yves Bigot, Global CEO of TV5 Monde, and Denis Desgagné, Président-directeur général of Centre de la francophonie des Amériques. Continue reading

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Festival International honors late UL Professor for Volunteer of the Year Award

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to present this year’s David Lofton Volunteer of the Year Award to the late Griff Blakewood. Blakewood has given at least 10 years of service to Festival within the production department. He greatly contributed to the coordination of the volunteers for the r©Philip Gould Griff Blakewood IMG_0447ecycling/sanitation area.

“He LOVED Festival International so much,” says Alice Blakewood, Griff’s wife. “Years ago, Griff came home so excited to tell me that he’d discovered that there was this great little music festival going on downtown. ‘There’s dancing in the STREETS!’ Griff declared. He was in love…and the rest, as they say, is history,” says Mrs. Blakewood. “It became our family’s “in-house” vacation. He boasted about it to everyone, inviting people from far and wide to come experience the best festival in the South.”

Blakewood was a very loyal participant within the Festival International community; he would not only volunteer himself, but would also bring many of his students with him to help set up all recycling and waste receptacles for Festival. Blakewood lived and breathed Festival; even in his off hours he would find time to help empty the recycling and waste containers. His character and personality can be witnessed in a Festival International video from 2009. Continue reading