November 3, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director
Bridget Stanga, Attachée de Presse at the Consulate General of France in Louisiana
Programming Director, Lisa Stafford, Named Chevalier of the French Order of Arts & Letters
Lafayette, LA/ New Orleans, LA – On Thursday, November 2, Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International was named “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres” (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters), a prestigious distinction awarded under the jurisdiction of the French Minister of Culture and Communication.
At a reception in her honor prior to La Fête du Festival, presented by Home Bank, the Festival International fundraiser, the Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Vincent Sciama presented the award in the name of the President of the French Republic.
Stafford is now in her 20th year as Programming Director of Festival International de Louisiane. Over the span of her career with the organization, Lisa has created a broad network with thousands of international and local musicians. She has also nurtured growth opportunities for Francophone musicians to develop their exposure in the United States. “I had kind of given up on meeting someone like her in the music business and there she was: A beautiful human being with unforgiving ears and total dedication to her craft,” says Pascale Danae, member of Paris, France band, Delgres. “Building bridges between artists and cultures in the most enjoyable way, our Godmother in the U.S., thank you, Lisa Stafford.”
Stafford has assisted many artists similar to Danae along her professional journey. “To be honored for something that I am passionate about and love doing is both rewarding and humbling at the same time,” says Stafford. “I am so fortunate to have a job that has taken me to so many places, met so many people, and experience so many cultures.”
Established in 1957, the award recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to furthering the arts in France and around the world. Other recipients include Zachary Richard, Eric Clapton, and Bono.
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
April 25-29, 2018
About The Consulate General of France
The Consulate General of France in Louisiana was founded in 1803, following the sale of the Louisiana territory to the United States by Napoleon Bonaparte. It is the oldest French consulate in the United States. The Consulate’s principal missions include consular assistance to the French community in Louisiana; support of French language educational programs; development of French cultural initiatives; facilitation of economic exchange between France and Louisiana. The Consul General of France in Louisiana, Mr. Vincent Sciama, is the Consulate’s chief of mission.