For Immediate Release: 2017 Lineup Announced

Festival International de Louisiane Announces 2017 Lineup

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane has released the 2017 performance lineup. This year’s artists will include some of the world’s most talented and influential performers such as Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), Ginkgoa (France), GuGu Drum Group from Shanghai (China), and Lakou Mizik (Haiti).

The 31st year lineup features international performers representing 18 regions and countries, combining new artists and returning favorites. New to the Festival this year are Latin-inspired Las Cafeteras (Mexico), Indian sensation, Falu and Flow Tribe (New Orleans). Returning this year by popular demand are Balkan Beat Box (Israel), Red Baraat (India), Ceux Qui Marchent Debout (France). Also returning is a local favorite Marc Broussard.

Particularly special this year is the Sunday night closing show featuring GIVERS with special collaborations with Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads and Tom Tom Club, Dickie Landry (Louisiana), Mokoomba (Zimbabwe), along with a few other surprise guests. This performance is sure to be a once in a lifetime experience.

“This year we will have musicians representing cultures with a growing community here in Acadiana such as Québec, Haiti, Cuba, China and India.” says Executive Director, Scott Feehan. “Other countries we’re happy to be hosting include Cambodia, Russia, Zimbabwe, France and Israel.”

Festival International Hosts Fundraising Event Evaluation Day


News from Festival International
Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave,
Lafayette, La 70501
337.232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536

January 9, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director
Festival International Hosts Fundraising Event Evaluation Day

What: Evaluation Day
Who: Festival International’s special events committee, feat. Neal Auction Company of New Orleans
When: Saturday, January 28, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Petroleum Club, 111 Heymann Boulevard, Lafayette, LA.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be purchased in advance on Festival International’s website. Only 100 tickets will be sold. Each ticket holder will be allowed to bring one to three objects to be evaluated by an auction house specialist. Tickets are extremely limited due to the time involved in the evaluation process. The public is encouraged to purchase tickets well in advance to secure their evaluation spot.

The organization is encouraging patrons to bring valuable items to be evaluated such as: paintings, drawings and prints (excluding Asian art); photography, sculpture, furniture, decorative objects (excluding American Indian and Pre-Columbian); books, maps, manuscripts, scientific instruments, lighting, clocks, pottery, porcelain, and silver.

The following items will be excluded: clothing, coins, comic books, dolls, electronics, jewelry, musical instruments, netsuke or inro, sports memorabilia, stamps, toys, and weapons. For more information, please contact special events committee chair, Buz Reid at
About Neal Auction Company

Neal Auction Company has achieved international recognition as the South’s preeminent antique and fine art auction gallery. Neal Auction Company has a thirty-three-year history of achieving record prices for paintings, furniture, sculpture, silver and decorative arts.
For more information, visit

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 31 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 26-30, 2017!

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave.
Lafayette, LA 70501
April 26-30, 2017

Registration Open for 2017 Courir du Festival 5K – Change in Location

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane has opened registration for the annual Courir du Festival 5K, presented by Stuller. The race is open to all ages and will take place at Scène Fais Do Do on Jefferson Street, near Main St. on Saturday, April 29th. The race will start promptly at 8 am. Registration is open early this year, in order to allow participants to plan their spring race schedule. Last year, the 5K race saw over 700 attendees and Festival officials hope to exceed that record for 2017, the 31st  anniversary of Festival International.

The Courir du Festival acts as another fundraiser for the non-profit organization. The race features live music as well as food, drinks, beer and more. The 5K course starts and finishes in downtown Lafayette, LA, winding through the shaded areas of surrounding neighborhoods. The start location has changed from Scéne Heritage stage in past years to Scéne Fais Do Do on Jefferson Street for the 2017 race.

Pre-registration is $35 per entry until February 28, 2017; registration rates go up to $40 starting March 1st with online registration closing April 24th. Race-Day registration is $45 and will be held from 7am – 8am at Scène Fais Do Do. The 31st person to register for the race will receive a free Official 2017 Festival Poster in their registration packet. The packet includes an official Courir du Festival 5k running shirt, discounts from 5k sponsors and selected merchants. Packet pickup will be at Tri-Running located at 2811 Johnston Street on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 10 am – 5 pm.

There is a limited amount of official 2017 Courir du Festival 5k t-shirts available, so sign-up early! Prizes will be awarded to the first thirty-one runners to cross the finish line.

Register online at

Festival International Eliminates Scène Heritage

Lafayette, LA – In the wake of an economic downturn, organizers have officially announced the elimination of one of the six stages, Scène Heritage. Located off Jefferson Street, the stage featured many of the Cajun and Zydeco bands booked for the Festival, along with Courir du Festival 5K race, held the Saturday of Festival.  

A loss of sponsor support due to the slumping economy and historic floods have led officials to cut the stage. With an operating budget of $1.1 M, roughly $330,000 of funding comes from corporate sponsorships. As of date, Festival International has only a handful of corporate sponsors confirmed. Per Executive Director, Scott Feehan, eliminating Scène Heritage may be only the beginning of cuts. “For three months after Festival, we had phone call after phone call losing corporate sponsors’ support,” says Feehan. Most cited similar situations – budget cuts.

With over 300,000 Festival-goers annually, half of that money spent is from people residing outside Lafayette Parish, and a third from outside the state of Louisiana. Per a 2008 Economic Impact study, Festival International pumps $49M back into the local economy. Thirty years ago, during an oil crunch, Festival was founded with a mission to help revive the community – spiritually and economically. Organizers are determined to continue with that mission. 

The community can help by showing support at whatever level is appropriate to them. Individual donors make up almost 20% of the budget. “It is up to all of us in this community who value Festival to pull together and show our support. Whether it is $10 or $3,000 for a Rain Angels membership, it all adds up. If everybody supports at whatever level we are able to, we can make it happen,” says Feehan. He notes that fewer than 300 people support the organization monetarily among the 300,000 people who attend.

Some of the performers originally scheduled for Scène Heritage will be reworked into other stages and the Courir du Festival 5K will take place at neighboring stage, Scène Fais Do Do on Saturday, April 29, 2016.

Festival International Revises Festival Passes

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce a revised Festival Pass program. After 2016’s successful year for the Festival Pass, the organization has surveyed passholders and made changes based on constructive feedback. The biggest change for this year is the extension of the presale period, expanding from two months to four months. Previously, the regular rate began January 1st but now begins April 1st for Lagniappe and Bons Temps passes. “After Festival, we reached out to past Festival supporters. We wanted to give people more time to save money, especially in this economy,” says Stephen Gaubert, President of the Board of Directors. “We want to do everything we can to make sure the community has the Festival experience they want.” Continue reading

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