4th Annual Fundraiser, La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, Announced for November 2nd

News from Festival International
315 Lee Ave
Lafayette, La 70501
337. 232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536

September 14, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director april@festivalinternational.org

4th Annual Fundraiser, La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, Announced for November 2nd

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce the fourth annual La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, to be held on Thursday, November 2, 2017, from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Warehouse 535, located at 535 Garfield St, in the Freetown neighborhood.

The fundraising party will feature live music by Spanish Hip-Hop vocalist and 2016 Festival performer, Boogat.  The night will also have Cuban food from Café Habana City, and specialty Latin inspired cocktails and drink specials. The décor will feature textures and colors from an array of Latin American countries.  “Lafayette has several cultures that make up the Latin American community, from Puerto Rican and Mexican to Venezuelan and Honduran,” says Tom Brown, President of the Board of Festival International. “We chose a Latin theme for our annual fundraiser, La Fête du Festival, to honor and celebrate the large community that resides here.”

Of Paraguayan and Mexican descent, Boogát was born in Québec City to immigrant parents, then moved to Montreal in 2001. Performing initially in French, Boogát switched to Spanish after playing with Latin Music group Roberto Lopez Project and Electro producer Poirier.

His music mixes hip-hop with Latin music like Cumbia and Reggaeton. He sings in French and Spanish and has performed at Festival International in 2016.

He’s collaborated with artists such as Uproot Andy, El Hijo De La Cumbia, Radio Radio, Lido Pimienta, Sotomayor, Super San, Niña Dioz, Mati Zundel and Festival favorite, Pierre Kwenders. He released his first full-length Spanish album ”El Dorado Sunset” in 2013. The album won two ”Félix Awards” for ”Best World Music Album” and ”Producer of the Year” at ”ADISQ 2013”.

“Annually, La Fête is our official visual arts, pin, and poster unveiling as well as the official kickoff to our fundraising year,” says Brown. The 2018 Pin and Poster designs are inspired by the official artwork, Stiltwalker Strut, by New Orleans artist Mollie Wallace. The official artwork will be on display and sold by silent auction during the event.  “Festival supporters are beginning to look forward to this event every year,” notes April Courville, Marketing Director. “The event sold out last year. It seems like each year is more fun than the last and is increasingly gaining the reputation of being one of the best Festival events to attend.”

Tickets to La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank are $50 for individuals, $80 for a pair, or $600 for a VIP Table.  Get tickets at www.festivalinternational.org/fete

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About Festival International de Louisiane

Festival International de Louisiane is a non-profit organization that produces the largest International music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world and an estimated economic impact of 49 million annually. With over 300,000 festival goers every year, the annual festival features musical performances by artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.  Celebrate 32 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 25-29, 2018!

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternational.org
April 25-29, 2018

For Immediate Release: Festival International Announces Official 2018 Visual Artist

News from Festival International
315 Lee Ave
Lafayette, La 70501
337. 232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536

September 8, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director april@festivalinternational.org

Festival International Announces Official 2018 Visual Artist

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce Mollie Wallace as the Official 2018 Visual Artist. Wallace has lived in New Orleans for over 13 years and has created a vibrant representation of the 32nd annual Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber.

Mollie Wallace was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa. According to her mother, she started drawing the minute she could pick up a pencil. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts from the Pratt Art Institute Brooklyn, NYC, with a major in Illustration-Communication Design in 2004. She moved to New Orleans shortly after and began working at a local bar, Erin Rose in the French Quarter. She soon began designing and painting bar signs and multiple murals for the bar.

“Wallace is a hidden gem,” says Tom Brown, Festival International’s Board President. “Her work is edgy and fresh, yet professional.” Wallace’s design will serve as the inspiration for the official Festival poster and cloisonné pin.

“So many of my close friends in New Orleans are tied to this festival,” says Wallace. “It is such an honor to be able to represent Festival International’s spirit through my art work.”

Stiltwalker Strut will be on display at the fourth annual, La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, a ticketed fundraising event on November 2nd at Warehouse 535 and will be up for silent auction. Her paintings are characterized by bright, striking colors and intricate details.

Wallace met her husband Bobby In 2006, and they were married in 2012. They welcomed a son, Beau, in 2013. Mollie continues to create paintings, posters, signs, portraits, and murals for her clients and still bartends once a week. She and her family live in the 7th Ward in New Orleans.

Wallace has painted commissioned work for various businesses throughout the country including Erin Rose, Killer Poboys, Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Pelican Poboys Foodtruck. Her work can be seen on https://www.facebook.com/MollieWallaceArt/.

About Festival International de Louisiane

Festival International de Louisiane is a non-profit organization that produces the largest International music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world and an estimated economic impact of 49 million annually. With over 300,000 festival goers every year, the annual festival features musical performances by artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.  Celebrate 32 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 25-29, 2018!

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternational.org
April 25-29, 2018

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