Festival International Called Off for Spring 2020

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

 
Feb. 16, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Director

carly@festivalinternational.org
Lafayette, LA – Letter from Executive Director, Scott Feehan

Dear Festival supporters, patrons and the entire Lafayette community,

We regret to announce that Festival International de Louisiane is officially called off for this spring, April 22-26, 2020. After vigorously exploring options and hoping for an optimistic outcome, the coronavirus, COVID-19, has posed too much of a threat for us to carry-on planning for our Festival next month. 

We are exploring all possible options for rescheduling in the Fall. There are, of course, major challenges in pursuing this and we are not sure of the feasibility at this time. We will be working over the coming days to evaluate and analyze what our options are and will communicate as we know more. We ask for patience as we find solutions at this time. 

Our thoughts are with everyone around the world impacted by this volatile situation. We extend our most sincere thank you to our community, patrons, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, artists, vendors, media, and the Lafayette Consolidated Government for your support and patience during this difficult time. 

We are in uncharted territory right now and are all in this together. We would encourage you all to heed the advice of the CDC, as well as local, State and Federal governments – take care of yourselves and your loved ones.  

Sincerely,

 Scott Feehan

Executive Director I Festival International de Louisiane

Festival 2020 News Update

Our team is working non-stop and doing our due diligence to make sure any actions we take in response to the coronavirus are safe and in everyone’s best interest. We know that people are concerned, just as we are concerned. We are working in cooperation with our staff, board, city, state, health officials and beyond as we are on top of making adjustments, considering new scenarios, and closely tracking all related international travel. The decisions based around Festival International 2020 will ultimately be made in cooperation with these professionals and in response to developments with the virus. 

We will keep our community, patrons, and artists up-to-date as our plans evolve and we are prepared to do our due diligence in handling this situation responsibly.


Statement about COVID-19, from Executive Director of Festival International de Louisiane

Festival International de Louisiane
March 6, 2020


From the Desk of Scott Feehan
Executive Director, Festival International de Louisiane
Re: Coronavirus


To all Festival Supporters, patrons, and the entire Lafayette community,

I wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts and position about the current Coronavirus, COVID-19, situation, as it pertains to Festival International de Louisiane.

With Festival being 47 days away, we are monitoring the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as Louisiana Department of Health’s websites for daily updates and are heeding their advice on proactive measures to take.

There is not currently any imminent threat associated with the planning of Festival International de Louisiane. Because of this, we are continuing to plan for our annual festival to take place just as it does every year. We are hopeful and cautiously optimistic that the situation will actually improve between now and the end of April, but we are not assuming that it will or taking anything for granted.

In cooperation with public health officials, we will continue to monitor the situation and prepare for a safe and wonderful event at the end of April. We appreciate the concern from those who have reached out and intend to keep fans and the public updated if there are any changes with the ongoing production. 

With sincere consideration,

Scott Feehan
 Executive Director
Festival International de Louisiane

2020 Schedule Release

Festival International de Louisiane Announces 2020 Schedule

Festival International de Louisiane has officially released its 2020 schedule. This year’s Festival International, presented by LUS Fiber, includes artists representing the music and culture of more than 25 different countries and regions. 

“It’s a Festival of discovery,” said Lisa Stafford, Festival’s programming director, about this year’s curation of artists.  “It’s five days of embracing other cultures while we share our unique culture with the world.”

“It’s like a trip around the world,” Stafford continued, “but instead of eighty days, we bring it to you in five.”

Festival 2020 will take place from Wednesday, April 22, to Sunday April 26.  The party kicks off on Wednesday night, April 22, with a local flair.  Swamp-pop legend Warren Storm will get things started with Yvette Landry & the Jukes, followed by Zydeco staple Geno Delafose & French Rockin’ Boogie.

Thursday night, April 23, will feature headliners Radio Radio, the well-known Acadian rap group who are on their finale tour.   Pan-Latin American progressive band, Dos Santos, also performs Thursday, and French, swamp-blues trio Delgres will deliver its first of two appearances this Festival.

Locally honed, international touring band, Brother Dege & The Brethren, will represent Louisiana artists on Opening Night, along with a specially curated performance tribute called, “Pianorama: To Allen, Mac and Art, with Love.”  The tribute will feature Marcia Ball, Ivan Neville, John “Papa” Gros, and David Torkanowsky — four piano legends who will come together to honor our fallen heroes. 

Festival’s Friday night schedule is packed with ascending Palestinian-Jordanian “sham-step” band 47SOUL, Five Alarm Funk bringing the heat from British Columbia and Lafayette-based Nathan & The Zydeco Cha Chas.  West African and dub-inspired American band, The Hip Abduction, also hits the stage Friday night, as does multi-national group, Nomadic Massive, and Jamaican reggae masters, The Meditations.

Festival is always family-friendly, so be sure to visit our children’s area, Service Chevrolet Cadillac Scène des Jeunes, on Saturday to catch the Burke Riley Cajun Quintet, a band of prodigies led by Burke Riley, who follows in his father Steve Riley’s footsteps. 

Saturday night features Montréal-based Moroccan music group, Ayrad, Haitian rhythm-driven group RAM bring their traditional melodies to the stages, as well as the Guinean group, Natu Camara.  Australian folk-rock band, The Waifs, return to Festivals stages by popular demand, and Louisiana delta-rockin’ blues guitarist Tab Benoit will also play Saturday.  If you missed these bands the first time around, there’s a chance at redemption — you can also see acts like The Meditations, Nomadic Massive and 47SOUL on Saturday night.

Sunday will feature Leyla McCalla, who is a Louisiana based and Haitian-inspired artist, as well as Sudanese heavy-hitter Sinkane.  Cimafunk, is currently the hottest Cuban touring artist, and his only performance will close out Festival on Sunday night. Cimafunk hits with high-energy, gritty funk-soul in the tradition of James Brown or vintage, Southern-soul cuts, but with his own Afro-Cuban, poly-rhythmic identity and flair.  Cimafunk made a splash last week with the release of his appearance on National Public Radio’s popular “Tiny Desk” concert series.
 As always, Festival International remains true to showcasing Francophone (French-speaking) musicians in 2020. A few of the en Français performances to catch include: Les Filles des Illighadad, the only known female-led Tuareg guitar group; Acadian artists Dave Puhacz, Jacques Surette, Chloé Breault and Spoutnique; and Haitian band Lakou Mizik, who are fresh from a carnivale appearance in New Orleans with Arcade Fire.

Festival is also proud to broaden its scope in welcoming artists who represent additional countries and cultures, including showcasing a variety of Latin groups like La Raíz, of Puerto Rico, Brazilian-influenced Franciso El Hombre, and Southwestern band, Lone Piñon.

The full schedule is available on the Festival International website at https://festivalinternational.org/schedule , where you can plan out your festivities show-for-show. You can also visit the lineup page on the site to learn more about the artists and their unique sounds.
Stay tuned for information about exciting Special Events and Exhibits.

The 2020 Festival International Music Lineup is Out

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

 
February 8, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Director
carly@festivalinternational.org
Festival International de Louisiane Announces 2020 Lineup 
Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane has released its 2020 performance lineup! 

The 34th Annual Festival International lineup features performers from more than 25 countries and regions and combines new artists with some returning favorites.  The eclectic lineup features Palestinian-Jordanian group 47 SOUL, self-styled “Shamstep” pioneers, which brings a new genre all its own to Festival.  French swamp-blues trio, Delgres, is unlike any of its predecessors, yet takes influences from South Louisiana’s musical heritage and is sure to intrigue.

Acadian band Radio Radio return to Festival with distinctive raps in their regional dialect Chiac (English-influenced Acadian French).  Five Alarm Funk, of British Columbia, are sure to fan the flames of funk, and The Meditations will bring their chill grooves from Jamaica to cool things down.  Nomadic Massive once again will bring their multinational and multilingual sound to the stages of Festival.

“I say this every year,” said 21-year Programming Director Lisa Stafford, “but there’s something for everyone —  from the traditional Irish music of Doolin’, to the rural Puerto Rican music of La Raíz.”

“That’s all on the more traditional end of the spectrum,” Stafford continued, “but we also feature the more contemporary and innovative end of the spectrum with modern music the likes of 47 Soul, Nomadic Massive and up-and-coming Cuban superstar, Cimafunk.”

Cimafunk, of Cuba, will be Festival’s Sunday closer and was named to Billboard’s “10 Latin Artists to Watch in 2019” list. Cimafunk features high-energy, gritty funk-soul — in the tradition of James Brown or vintage, Southern-soul cuts — with his own Afro-Cuban, poly-rhythmic identity and flair.  

As always, Festival International emphasizes bringing in Francophone musicians to share diverse language and culture with audiences.  Les Filles de Illighadad, of Niger, boasts one of only two known female Tuareg guitar players in the world.  RAM are the old guard of the Haitian music scene, and Lakou Mizik are carrying on that tradition.  Both bring their high-energy Caribbean pulsations to Festival’s stages. The sounds of Aryad will take festivalgoers to Morocco by way of Montréal and back to Festival again.

Festival fans can expect an assortment of artists from a diverse range of all countries and cultures, however.  That includes the tropical, traditional pop melodies of Natu Camera, of Guinea, the highland-folk harmonies of The Waifs, back from Australia by popular demand, and the singular sounds of Sudanese heavyweight, Sinkane. 

Festival 2020 also presents a stellar lineup of Louisiana’s home-grown artists.  Thursday night will feature a tribute to the late greats, international icons and Louisiana legends: Art Neville, Allen Toussaint and Dr. John.  They may have left this Earth, but they remain in the collective cultural conscience. Billed as “Pianorama: To Allen, Mac and Art, with Love,” the tribute will feature Marcia Ball, Ivan Neville, Jon “Papa” Gros, and David Torkanowsky — four piano legends who will come together to honor our fallen heroes. 

Warren Storm will lend his swamp-pop legend to the stage, as will renowned bayou-blues guitarist, Tab Benoit.  Nathan and the Zydeco Cha-Chas are set to perform, and Stafford said they are in “prime form” after witnessing them bring the house down in New York City in January.  The current darlings of Cajun music, The Daiquiri Queens, will return to Festival among their bevy of bookings.  The Bucks, formerly billed as The Haggard Bucks, will deliver a blend of two-steppin’ and honky-tonkin’ to Festival. 

Lafayette’s own, Brother Dege, also will bring his well-traveled rock ‘n’ roll Brethren to the stages after heavy European touring.  Other local favorites to catch during Festival International are: Boma Bango, featuring members of The Revelers; Soul Creole, fronted by Corey Ledet and Louis Michot of Lost Bayou Ramblers; Jelly Toast, featuring Tiffany Lamson and Julie Odell; and more fan favorites.

Local acts on the ascent and playing Festival for the first time include: The Good Dudes; indie-rock quartet, The Debtors; and disco, death-rock duo Sick Ride.  10-year-old Burke Riley and his quintet will also grace the stage at Scène des Jeunes and carry the torch of Cajun music forward in the footsteps of his father, Steve Riley. Festival International takes pride in showcasing Louisiana talents along with the top bands from around the world.

More information will be coming soon about the full schedule, theaters, special exhibits, cirque de la rue [street animation], poetry, art exhibits and other special events. The Full Lineup and video can be found online at www.festivalinternational.org/2020-artists.

Le Carnaval Du Festival Reveal Party

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

 
Feb. 3, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Director

carly@festivalinternational.org
Festival International Announces First Ever Carnaval du Festival Event to Celebrate the 2020 Lineup, Pin & Poster
Lafayette, LA – For the first time ever, Festival International proudly presents its lineup, pin and poster reveals in one festive evening. Festival invites guests to Le Carnaval du Festival on Feb. 8, during Artwalk, at the Jefferson Street Pub from 6:30 – 11:30 p.m.

Le Carnaval du Festival is a celebration of the 2020 Festival International Lineup, Pin & Poster.  The theme of this unique event will fuse Louisiana and Haiti’s Carnaval cultures to set the international mood.  Haitian band, Lakou Mizik, will perform after Artwalk and keep the good times rolling.  Lakou Mizik was a fan-favorite last time they performed during Festival International. 

“This year,” said Festival’s Marketing Director Carly Viator, “we wanted to create a Festival extravaganza to reveal the 2020 artwork and music lineup. In the spirit of carnival season, ‘Le Carnaval du Festival’ will encompass the cultural diversity that comes along with these celebrations. Guests will have the chance to meet this year’s visual artist, Tommy Hughes, and to experience an incredible band from Haiti — all in one night.”

Meet-and-greet with 2020 Official Visual Artist, Tommy Hughes, snag limited-edition merchandise and be the first to view this year’s lineup during a live-screening of the video.  Pins, posters and limited-edition signed posters will be available for purchase. Purchasing pin and poster artwork shows your support for Festival and commemorates the uniqueness of each Festival season. 

The original artwork, standing nearly six-feet tall, will be up for auction.  There will also be a limited run of Festival skateboards for sale with vibrant elements from the 2020 poster on them.  

The event is free and open to the public from 6:30 – 8:15 p.m., and it is suggested that guests arrive at 6:30 to witness the reveals.  Following Artwalk, admission of $10 will be charged at the door for live music by Lakou Mizik.  Jefferson Street Pub is located at 500 Jefferson Street in Downtown Lafayette.  
 
Visit Festival International de Louisiane on Facebook to view the event invite.
Check out our Carnaval video!
DOWNLOAD EVENT PRESS KIT HERE
About Festival International de Louisiane
 Festival International is a 5-day celebration of culture through music, food, art and performance. Each April, this event transforms Lafayette, La., into an entertainment mecca with music from around the world shared on multiple stages throughout downtown.  Celebrate 34 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 22-26, 2020!Festival International is the largest international music and arts festival in the United States and strengthens the Francophone and international communities’ ties to Lafayette. This annual ticketless festival features musical performances by artists from more than 24 countries, diverse cuisine, open-air art markets, workshops, exhibits, visual art, children’s activities, theater and performance arts.  Festival International is a non-profit organization that proudly attracts visitors from up to 48 states and 26 countries any given year. Aside from providing a great economic impact, Festival also provides visitors with a chance to explore the bold culture and creativity of Acadiana while experiencing diverse cultures from across the globe.
Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave. 
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternatinal.org
April 22-26, 2020

Lisa Stafford To Receive Prestigious International Award

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Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave.
Lafayette, La 70501
337.232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536
 
January 10, 2020
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Director 
carly@festivalinternational.org

 
Programming Director, Lisa Stafford Receives International Recognition with globalFEST AwardLafayette, LA – Lisa Stafford, Programming Director of Festival International,
has been selected to receive the highly prestigious Trouble Worldwide Award by globalFEST at APAPNYC, the largest gathering of world music professionals in North America.

The Trouble Worldwide Award goes to a non-performing professional living or working substantially in the US who has made an indisputable impact on the global music field through risk taking, innovation and tireless commitment. As this year’s recipient, Lisa has booked over 2000 live music performances in her 21 years as Programming Director for Festival International de Louisiane. Bill Bragin, co-founder of globalFEST, stated “Lisa Stafford is exactly the kind of person we created the Trouble Worldwide award to honor. She has been a pioneering curator who has opened her region to inventive artists from across the globe as well as being a fierce champion of Louisiana’s rich regional musical traditions. She’s also been an incredible humanitarian, galvanizing the community to respond to people in need.”

Bragin went on to explain a recent situation where Lisa’s hard work and compassion was exemplified. “The was a Haitian band recently that needed a temporary port of calm due to the current situation back home, I reached out to her, knowing she would be sympathetic to their needs.” he explained. “Her response, and that of the Lafayette community, was a perfect example of why she deserves this recognition.”This prestigious honor reflects the impact Stafford has had not only in Lafayette’s music community, but on an international level as well. 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.

“Lisa Stafford is a beating heart on legs.  Her passion for music and her love of people have been essential to the success of Festival International de Louisiane.” said local and international musician, Zachary Richard.” Her impact in the community at large is profound and profoundly meaningful.” 

Stafford will receive the Trouble Worldwide Award by globalFEST at APAPNYC in person at the ceremony in New York City this weekend.

Félicitations Lisa!

About Festival International de Louisiane
Festival International is a 5-day celebration of culture through music, food, art and performance. Each April, this event transforms Lafayette, La., into an entertainment mecca with music from around the world shared on multiple stages throughout downtown.  Celebrate 34 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 22-26, 2020!Festival International is the largest international music and arts festival in the United States and strengthens the Francophone and international communities’ ties to Lafayette. This annual ticketless festival features musical performances by artists from more than 24 countries, diverse cuisine, open-air art markets, workshops, exhibits, visual art, children’s activities, theater and performance arts.  Festival International is a non-profit organization that proudly attracts visitors from up to 48 states and 26 countries any given year. Aside from providing a great economic impact, Festival also provides visitors with a chance to explore the bold culture and creativity of Acadiana while experiencing diverse cultures from across the globe.

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave. 
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternatinal.org
April 22-26, 2020
About globalFESTOver the last decade, globalFEST has become one of the most dynamic global music platforms in North America, growing from an acclaimed festival/showcase into a catalytic non-profit service organization for curators, artists, and the performing arts field. Through its work, gF encourages networking and cultural diplomacy; deepens cultural understanding among its constituents; builds audiences for international music and creates new opportunities for artists leading to a more robust and sustainable ecosystem for world music in the United States.

Festival International Announces Official 2020 Visual Artist

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315 Lee Ave 
Lafayette, La 70501
337. 232.8086 / Fax 337.233.7536

 
September 25, 2019
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org 
Festival International Announces Official 2020 Visual Artist
Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce Tommy Hughes as the Official 2020 Visual Artist. Hughes was born in Massachusetts but has lived in Lafayette since he was two years old. He is currently in the process of creating the artwork for the 34th annual Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber.

Tommy’s passion for the arts started at a young age where he would fill notebooks with sketches and mazes to try and understand form and balance.  His draw to art continued through college where he graduated from architecture at ULL and learned different media techniques for presentations.  

After 20 years of technical drawing and managing architectural projects, his passion for art resurfaced in order to find balance from computer aided drafting.  Tommy’s passion for portraits and inventive nature with watercolors, graffiti paint, inks and paint markers has opened his eyes to whimsical characters design where one can see through faces to a world of textures.   

Hughes’ goal is to bridge the gap between art and architecture and create studio developments in which his resin furniture, characters art and sleek design can open minds to a new way of living. His unique style and processes have landed him the opportunity to be the Visual Artist this year for a festival that he loves and looks forward to each year. 

“The vibrant colors and the style of Hughes’ work stopped us all in our tracks. We wanted something bold and fresh to encompass Festival 2020.” said Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator for Festival International. “Following along with his artistic process and reasoning behind each detail has us very excited to see the final piece of artwork.” 

To Tommy Hughes, Festival International is about celebrating the diversity in cultures that come to Lafayette, as well as the cultures integrated here.  For the last ten years, his Saturday of Festival has meant hosting a BBQ crab and crawfish boil party to celebrate with friends and family. This year, he will be celebrating on a new level.

“I’m beyond honored to be a part of the Festival International Team to create this year’s 34th annual artwork for the poster and Festival merchandise”. Tommy stated. For a sneak peek into Tommy’s style, please visit his portfolio website at www.resintop.com
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. 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 34 years of Festival International de Louisiane, April 22-26, 2020. 

Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Ave 
Lafayette, LA 70501
337-232-8086
www.festivalinternational.org
April 22-26, 2020

Blue Christmas Holiday Event

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Festival International de Louisiane
315 Lee Avenue
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.232.8086/ Fax 337.233.7536
Festival International Presents: Blue Christmas Fundraiser
for Blue Monday Mission 

Support the musicians and artists who have dedicated their careers to Lafayette’s cultural and music scene at this upcoming holiday event and fundraiser, Festival International Presents: Blue Christmas Fundraiser for the Blue Monday Mission.

Blue Christmas will take place at Rock ‘n’ Bowl in Downtown Lafayette on Monday, Dec. 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 for entry or $20 for entry and food.

This event is family-friendly, and Santa will be at the front door for pictures as the event starts. The live music starts at 5:30 with students from School of Rock Lafayette. RAM, a self-described “voodoo rock ‘n’ roots” band from Haiti, brings an international flare as they take the stage at 6 p.m. The Blue Monday House Band will headline the evening with its signature blues and Louisiana roots music at 7 p.m. Blue Christmas is a fundraiser for Blue Monday Mission, a nonprofit organization that provides health and life care services for aging, retired and elderly musicians and artists in Lafayette and the surrounding community.

Festival International has partnered with Blue Monday Mission to support the individuals who helped create Lafayette’s vibrant music and arts culture. “Blue Monday Mission is in its third year of providing services for musicians and artists throughout Acadiana. It is truly a blessing to have earned the support of Festival International and collaborating with them to fulfill our mission,” says Blue Monday Mission Executive Director John Williams. “Our partnership marks the importance of taking responsibility for providing for the people who have dedicated their lives to the development of our creative economy and culture: our musicians, artists, chefs and service industry workers.

”For Festival International, partnering with Blue Monday Mission is an opportunity to bring international and local artists together to benefit a worthwhile cause.”The holidays are a time for giving and sharing, and our Festival team is excited to be coming together with Blue Monday Mission to do just that,” says Festival International Executive Director Scott Feehan. “Their mission to serve our creative community is unique and vital, so we certainly want to help spread the word and to assist them in any way we can. It will be a special evening.”

In the spirit of the holidays, these two organizations are asking for donations for their toy drive, which will benefit children around Acadiana. Bring unwrapped gifts for children and teens to Blue Christmas on Dec. 9, or drop off donations at Hub City Ford or the Festival International office during business hours between Nov. 13 and Dec. 14. 

During Blue Christmas, Festival fans can buy special Festival holiday merchandise, including limited edition ornaments, hoodies, socks, and more. Festival passes, which give festival-goers access to exclusive perks and viewing areas, will also be on sale.

For more info, view the Facebook event here: www.facebook.com/events/821557754925239

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.