2019 Volunteer Registration is OPEN!

News from Festival International
Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave. 

Lafayette, La 70501
337.232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536

March 1, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator

carly@festivalinternational.org

Festival International Announces Volunteer Opportunities

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is officially looking for smiling faces to volunteer in a variety of positions during this year’s Festival, April 24-28, 2019. Festival is known for the supporters and volunteers that keep it fun and ticketless year after year.

“Volunteering is easy, fun and is a great way to be part of Festival”, says Scott Feehan, Executive Director of Festival International. “It takes over 2,500 volunteer slots to put this event on and we need every single one of them. If you love this Festival as much as we do, please join the Festival family and volunteer this year. Most slots are only a few hours and you can pick your shift. Plus we provide all volunteers with a free shirt and an invite to our Official Volunteer Appreciation Party in May.”

Festival International invites everyone to become a part of the volunteering experience. “One of the best parts about being a volunteer is seeing behind the scenes. It also brings you closer to Festival. We all own a part of Festival International because it’s a community-driven event. Our volunteers get hooked and many come back every year to lend a hand,” says Marketing Coordinator Carly Viator.

Registration is now open through the online Volunteer Center at www.festivalinternational.org/volunteer. Users can view all of the volunteer opportunities and register for the area and shift times of choice. The online system will allow individuals and groups to register and select the time and job of their choice. Bring your friends and family!

Volunteers are vital to the longevity and success of Festival. Service Chevrolet Cadillac, the official sponsor of the Volunteer Center and volunteer t-shirts, has made this experience something you do not want to miss out on.

Festival International is looking for a variety of volunteers to work in areas such as:

-Artist Hospitality
-LIME Louisiana International Music Exchange
-Marché Hospitality
-Musicians’ Village Cafe
-Production
-PinPals
-Recycling
-Chevron Scène des Jeunes (Youth Area)
-Security
-Ticket Booths

For more information on job descriptions, shifts, and how you can be a Festival Volunteer, please visit https://festivalinternational.org/volunteer or email volunteer@festivalinternational.org.

The Official 2019 Lineup Release

News from Festival International
Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536

February 22, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org

Festival International de Louisiane Announces 2019 Lineup

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane has released its 2019 performance lineup. This year’s artists will include some of the world’s most talented and influential performers, such as Dobet Gnahoré (Ivory Coast), Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti), and the United States’ very own master of funk pedal steel: Robert Randolph & the Family Band.

The 33rd-year’s lineup features international performers representing 24 different countries and regions, combining new artists with some returning favorites.

“We searched high and low to find a perfect balance of traditional and contemporary sounds, so there is something for everyone this year,” said Festival International Programming Director Lisa Stafford.

“Sudan will be represented at Festival for the first time ever with Alsarah and the Nubatones,” Stafford added.  “Mozambique-influenced artist Gato Preto will also be making waves. I can’t wait to see these groups in person!”

Also new to the festival this year are El Septeto Santiaguero, of Cuba, and Doctor Nativo, of Guatemala, both of which are known to get crowds moving with their high-energy Latin rhythms. Returning this year, by popular demand, will be New Brunswick’s Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire (AKA the “super-talented and hilarious Québécois man in a dress”).

As always, Festival International focuses on bringing in French-speaking musicians to share their language and diverse cultures with Lafayette. This year, Festivalgoers can expect an assortment of artists from francophone countries, ranging from Haiti (Moonlight Benjamin and Boukman Eksperyans), to Niger (Mdou Moctar) to France (Bagad Plougastell and Akalé Wubé).

The bill for Louisiana’s homegrown artists is also a stand-out this year –  with Grammy Award winners, blues legends and rising stars galore. The Blue Monday Allstars’ Living Legends Tribute will bring the talent of Carol Fran, Henry Gray and Lil’ Buck Sinegal onto one stage to share the light they have cast onto music lovers for decades. Joining this once-in-a-lifetime set will be special guests: Smokehouse Porter & Miss Mamie; Marc Broussard; Lee Allen Zeno; Steve Adams; Tony Goulas; Kent August; Ron Eades and much more.

“It is a rare chance to see all of these legends in one place,” said Festival International Executive Director Scott Feehan. “Lafayette’s music scene is very powerful, and it is exciting to pull all of these musicians together to celebrate their success with the community.”

Other local favorites to catch during Festival International are Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band, Lane Mack & The Balladeers and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. New Orleans will also be sharing its talent with Lafayette as we welcome Grammy Award nominees Cha Wa, as well as 2017 NPR Tiny Desk Concert Winner Tank & the Bangas.  Festival International takes pride in showcasing Louisiana talents along with top bands from around the world.

More information will be coming soon on the full schedule, special exhibits and events. The Full Lineup and video can be found online at www.festivalinternational.org/2019-artists.

 

A Third Festival Artist Has Been Released for 2019

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

February 14, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org

For the first time, Festival International de Louisiane is releasing a handful of bands early!  The third artist leak is Girme Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé (Ethiopia/France) for the 2019 Festival International de Louisiane musical lineup.

Girme Bèyènè is a true legend when it comes to Ethiopian music. After an exile to the United States and a radio silence that lasted 25 years, he jubilantly accepted the invitation from the French group Akalé Wubé to return to the spotlight and perform again.

“We are really excited for Lafayette to get a taste of Girme Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé at Festival 2019.” says Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator for Festival International de Louisiane. “Our festival is all about intertwining and sharing cultures, and this group is the perfect example of that concept. They are this fusion of Ethiopia and France coming together and creating something unique and groovy!” adds Viator.

Now with over 200 concerts in Europe, Asia and Africa, the band has become one of the world’s leading ambassadors of Ethiopian groove. Be sure to give Girme Bèyènè & Akalé Wubé a listen online to get yourself ready for their arrival this April at Festival 2019!

Second Artist is Leaked by Festival International

News from Festival International
Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave
Lafayette, La 70501
337. 232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536
January 7, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org

Moonlight Benjamin (Haiti)

Moonlight Benjamin is coming to us from Haiti with a new and explosive style known as voodoo trance. With a powerful and original fusion between the Caribbean voodoo melodies and rhythms, this 70’s US blues rock creates a shock between Moonlight’s powerful and rebellious voice and the tension of saturated guitars.

“Festival International is thrilled to have Moonlight Benjamin in Lafayette this year because her presence and sounds will just captivate our audiences.” says Marketing Coordinator, Carly Viator. “Festival focuses heavily on having Francophone (French speaking) artists each year, and the music of Haiti is always embraced by our community. We are happy Moonlight will be sharing her moody voodoo blues with us and representing the Haitian culture in 2019.”

Festival lovers are encouraged to explore the music of Moonlight Benjamin, and the other artists we are leaking over the next month, because this will allow them to connect with the bands in advance. Be sure to check out our previous Artist Leak, Doctor Nativo, who is coming to us from Guatemala. Learn the songs, sing along, and get excited for Festival International de Louisiane 2019!

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 33 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 24-28, 2019.

 

Festival International Leaks 2019 Artist

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

January 7, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org

 

Festival International Leaks 2019 Artist for First Time Ever

For the first time, Festival International de Louisiane is releasing a handful of bands early!  The first artist leak is Doctor Nativo of Central America for the 2019 Festival International de Louisiane musical lineup.

Doctor Nativo is one of Central America’s most exciting new talents. His music explores themes of Mayan spirituality, social justice and folk wisdom, punctuated by an explosive sound combining reggae, cumbia, hip hop, and Mayan traditional music.

Check out this music video to get a glimpse of Doctor Nativo in action.

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 33 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 24-28, 2019.

Festival International Announces 2019 Pin & Poster Party to be Held During January Artwalk

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

January 8, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator

carly@festivalinternational.org

Festival International Announces 2019 Pin & Poster Party to be Held During January Artwalk

Lafayette, LA – Festival International proudly invites guests to the 2019 Pin & Poster Party on January 12th. In collaboration with Bubbles & Blues – Blue Monday All-Stars, the event will be held at Rock ‘n’ Bowl de Lafayette during Artwalk. This is a chance for the public to be among the first to see the Official cloisonné pin and poster by local artist Kody Chamberlain and to purchase the collectibles in advance.

“We are really looking forward to sharing the new artwork with the community.” says Virgil “Buz” Reid, Festival International’s Board President. “Kody has done a great job of uniquely representing elements that are important to him as a longtime Festival goer.”

This party welcomes the public to check out the pin and poster while grooving to the sounds of the Blue Monday All-Stars with special guests including Roddie Romero, Ray Boudreaux, Lane Mack, Lance Dubroc, Michael Juan Nunez and The American Electric, Keith Blair, Marty Christian, Collective Jazz Project and more.

“There is no better way to celebrate the new pin and poster than with our community and great music. We rely on pin and poster sales to keep Festival alive and well, plus the proceeds from this event go even further than just to Festival, which we are thrilled about.” says Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator for Festival International. This year, 50¢ of each pin sale will go to the Ronald McDonald House Charities, plus the event supports the Blue Monday All-Stars.

Come experience this special event and “party with a purpose” while celebrating the highly anticipated 2019 pin and poster. The party is January 12th from 7-9 PM, with music continuing into the night. Tickets are $12 in advance and at the door.

Visit Festival International de Louisiane on Facebook to view the event invite.

2018 Poster Signing Party Announcement!

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

January 16, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.diablodev.com

 

Festival International Announces 2018 Poster Signing Party

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is excited to announce Mollie Wallace, the Official 2018 Visual Artist, will be signing Limited Edition Festival posters this Saturday, January 20, 2018! Posters are on sale now, so order yours while supplies last! The signing party will be held at the Festival Office, where only 32 autographed posters will be available for purchase.

Wallace has lived in New Orleans for over 13 years and this cultural fusion seems to have influenced her vibrant representation of the 32nd annual Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber. “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.”

Join us for this extra special event. Order your signed 2018 Limited Edition Festival poster by clicking here! ORDER POSTER

 

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

Welcome address

Bienvenue en Louisiane!

 

On behalf of the great State of Louisiana and the wonderful people who call it home, I want to extend our warmest greetings and welcome those from near and far to Festival International de Louisiane, here in Lafayette, Louisiana. I encourage you to make yourself right at home for the five days of Festival, you’re a part of our family.

 

In what seems like just a blink of an eye, Festival offers the perfect opportunity for you to experience the very best of Louisiana’s unique culture. Great music, delicious food and beautiful art will allow you to soak in our rich history. More than anything else, however, Festival International de Louisiane is a celebration of life. Joie de vivre, the joy of living, is something every person can embrace. With so much attention today focused on the things that separate us, our festival is an affirmation of elements which bind us together in a common quest to enjoy living.

 

My own association with Festival International de Louisiane began in college when I became an avid festival goer. It didn’t take long for me to realize the deeper importance of the festival to Lafayette, our surrounding parishes and Louisiana as a whole. During these five days in April we have an opportunity to showcase the eclectic mix of cultures and backgrounds that define South Louisiana. More importantly, we are able to display the sense of community which is a hallmark of Cajun society. These things have compelled me to support the festival as a donor and volunteer for the past ten years.

 

Each year, Festival International de Louisiane accomplishes wonderful things for our local economy. According to an economic impact study conducted in 2009, the festival accounts for approximately $49 million dollars spent in local hotels, restaurants and other businesses. This money helps to keep our community strong and vibrant, but it also speaks highly of how popular the event has become since it was founded 31 years ago. More than 300,000 festival goers from 48 states and 25 countries will join us this year, and we’re honored to count you among that number.

 

We’ve made a dedicated effort this year to return to the festival’s original roots. In addition to the stellar lineup of musical artists, we’re including more international art, food and culture. We have also planned many art exhibits, theatre performances and culinary events that will be conducted now through May.

 

As President of Festival International de Louisiane, my duties are ongoing throughout the year. They include overseeing a Board of Directors, an enthusiastic staff and energetic interns who all devote themselves unselfishly to making this event happen. No event of this magnitude can be accomplished without teamwork, and our team is one that makes every working day a pleasure. Their importance to this festival cannot be overstated.

 

I know, however, we would all agree that those who attend Festival International de Louisiane each year are the reason we devote ourselves to making it happen. My favorite part of Festival International de Louisiane is to look out over the crowd and see people engaged in the joy of living. I see them caught up in something bigger than the struggles we all face on a daily basis. No matter where you’re from or where you’re headed, for the week of Festival, Acadiana is home. We value a time to pause and focus on the small comforts afforded by good music, good food, good friends and good times. In so doing, we strengthen the threads which connect us in this wonderful tapestry of cultures called the human race.

 

From my family to yours, welcome to Festival International de Louisiane. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

 

Stephen Gaubert

President of the Board of Directors

Festival International de Louisiane

The City of Lafayette Hosts Festival International, Presented by LUS Fiber Flag Raising Ceremony

April 4, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director april@festivalinternational.diablodev.com

The City of Lafayette Hosts Festival International, Presented by LUS Fiber Flag Raising Ceremony

WHAT:
The city of Lafayette is hosting a flag raising to officially open Festival season and get the community to fly the Festival flag in support of the 31st Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber.

WHEN:
Tuesday, April 4, 2017, 5:15 pm

WHERE:
City Hall
705 W. University Ave
Lafayette, LA 70506

Lafayette, LA – Parish President Joel Robideaux will be hosting a flag raising ceremony at City Hall beginning at 5:15 pm. After the flag raising ceremony, people can go inside City Hall for the Proclamation of “Festival International de Louisiane Month” at the Council meeting. Interview opportunities will be available with Festival officials as well as Joel Robideaux, Mayor-President, LCG.

Festival International invites the community to purchase a flag and fly it at residences and businesses. Flags are $20 and are available at the Festival online store, the Festival office, and Parish Ink.

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
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternational.org
April 26-30, 2017

Festival International Presented by LUS Fiber, Releases Official 2017 Mobile App Powered by Cypress Bayou Casino

March 29, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director april@festivalinternational.diablodev.com

Lafayette, LA – The Official 2017 Festival Mobile App Powered by Cypress Bayou Casino is now available for download on Android and iPhones. The Festival mobile app is the official electronic guide and one-stop shop for all things Festival International! The mobile app, designed by Avai, features the full lineup, schedule, sponsors, after-hours events, food vendors and weather updates.

In addition to the artists’ lineup, schedule, and after-hours events, there is now a brand new feature that allows people to sign up to volunteer, purchase a festival pass or merchandise, right within the app. Information about the artists, events, and sponsors will also be included in the Official Festival Guide, distributed by The Current and ABiz out on newsstands April 1, 2017. Marketing Director, April Courville encourages festival-goers to download the app for real-time updates. “We use the app’s push notifications for real-time updates during the event, such as weather delays or schedule changes,” she said. “It is the best way to stay informed during the Festival.”

Mobile App Highlights include:

Buy Passes: The Lagniappe Pass and Bons Temps Pass will be available to purchase.
Become an Amis: Users can become Amis and donate to the Festival from the mobile device.
Get Festival Merch: This feature will make shopping for all Festival gear easy.
Festival Leauxcal Supporters: The mobile app will feature all of the organizations who made the Festival possible through sponsorship and Festival Leauxcal program.
Volunteer Sign-Up: Sign up for volunteer shifts easily on the mobile app. Simply select a volunteer area and the shift from the convenience of a cell phone.
Full Lineup: The filter feature allows filtering options by performer, day, or stage, plus the option to build a custom schedule and sync with the calendar on your mobile device. The custom schedule feature allows users to plan each day based on the performances and activities they’d like to see.
Artist Info: Click on any artist to read bios, watch videos, view the website and follow social media pages.
Vendors: A full listing of all Cuisine, Arts & Crafts vendors at Festival. Filter by stage to find out which vendors are closest to a particular location.
Festival Info: Information is available on all things Festival, including emergency assistance, shuttle schedule, Festival Merchandise hours, and lost & found.
Weather: Festival forecast provided by KATC TV3 Doppler 3000.

The 2017 Festival International App Powered by Cypress Bayou Casino is available for free download for Android and iPhones under Festival International de Louisiane.

Download the Press Kit

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
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternational.org
April 26-30, 2017