Festival International hosts Artist-in-Residence Program

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane will be hosting an artist residency program featuring France native, Pascal Danae. Danae will visit Lafayette in December 11-19th, 2015 to meet the participating Louisiana artists.  Pascal’s residency program will last for two weeks and will take place a week leading up to Festival in Lafayette, and a week after Festival in New Orleans.

The purpose of this residency program is for Pascal to meet several Louisiana artists to learn, teach, and create new ideas. The Louisiana artists include Cedric Watson (Lafayette), Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes (New Orleans), and Leyla McCalla (born of Haitian parents, lives in New Orleans). All artists sing and write in Creole French.
Pascal Danae will be introduced to the public during a special event on December 12th at the Blue Moon Saloon. The event will include a special solo performance by Danae, followed by Sunpie Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots with special guest Cedric Watson.  The Festival International board of directors will be serving gumbo as well.

“I’m very excited about this first residency and cannot wait to see outcome of all of these creative artists,” says Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International de Louisiane. 
At Festival International 2016, each of the artists will be performing with their individual bands, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, Leyla McCalla Trio, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes & the Louisiana Sunspots and Delgres, the Creole blues band of Pascal Danae. In addition to their individual performances at Festival 2016, they will again come together for a Creole Connection finale show for Festival International 2016 to showcase the artistic production they created together during the residency. 
This residency is made possible by Festival International de Louisiane, and grants received from the New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park and National Park Service with collaboration of the Consulate General of France in Louisiana. 
Artist-in-residence and other residency opportunities exist to invite all manner of creative people for a time of reflection, research, presentation and/or production. They also allow an individual to explore his/her practice within another community; meeting new people, using new materials, experiencing life in a new location. Art residencies emphasize the importance of meaningful and multi-layered cultural exchange and immersion into another culture.