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.

Festival International Announces Official 2019 Visual Artist

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

October 16, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Carly Viator, Marketing Coordinator
carly@festivalinternational.org 

Festival International Announces Official 2019 Visual Artist

Lafayette, LA – Festival International de Louisiane is proud to announce Kody Chamberlain as the Official 2019 Visual Artist. Chamberlain was born and raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana and relocated to Lafayette in 1993. He is currently in the process of creating the artwork for the 33rd annual Festival International de Louisiane, presented by LUS Fiber.

Since moving to Lafayette, Chamberlain has only missed one Festival International and has been involved with the festival on various levels over the years, including as a performer.  “In fact, I first learned of Festival from a poster hanging in the percussion room of Angelle Hall at UL when I drove in for an audition.”  Kody is an accomplished local artist that is known for creating original and groundbreaking work in comics and graphic novels for companies like Marvel, DC, Dark Horse, IDW, and Image Comics. He has also earned an impressive list of credits as a professional story artist.

“We are fortunate to have Chamberlain here in our creative community,” says Virgil “Buz” Reid, Festival International’s Board President. “His work is edgy and unique, and we’re excited to see his vision unfold.” The final design will serve as the inspiration for the official Festival poster and cloisonné pin.

“To say it’s an honor and a thrill to have this opportunity is an understatement,” says Chamberlain. “I’m very much looking forward to bringing a little of what I love back into the Festival.”

Stay tuned as we await the final piece from Kody Chamberlain. “We have no idea what to expect, but know that someone with immense creativity like Kody will definitely bring something great to the table,” says Scott Feehan, Executive Director of Festival International.

See Kody’s work by visiting his portfolio website at
www.kodychamberlain.com.

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

All things Festival

Here is a letter that was sent out to our supporters in December. If you would like to be on the front lines and be one of the ones who hears these updates first, please consider signing up to be an ami today! I send regular updates about what is going on behind the scenes to all of our supporters.

December 21, 2017

We have a lot of things going on and most of them are great! We also have a few opportunities that I wanted to share. The bullet points below are brief, just want to keep you in the loop.

Our lineup is complete, with musicians from 21 different countries (will be released in February – stay tuned). We have committed more money this year than ever before to musicians and street animation (over $280,000, compared to $250,000 last year).

We have great opportunities for new sponsorship exposure this year. We have a $10,000 package that will receive over $75,000 worth of radio advertising alone. We have another opportunity to receive a TON of media exposure, branding and consumer engagement with a new technology that we will be rolling out with LUS Fiber next year. Interested? Know of any companies that might be? Contact us

Our Marketing Director, April Courville, recently resigned to pursue a new, exciting opportunity. We wish her the best and are grateful for all of the work she has done over the past several years – she left some big shoes to fill…

Our new Amis campaign started last month and so far, has been going well. You may have seen the signs around town and the commercials on the tube. A huge thank you to Neekee, Paul and Taylor for allowing us to share their stories. If you haven’t renewed for next year yet, click here and do it now – Let’s Own the Moment!

Liam Doyle has joined our team as our new ADA coordinator. He will be focused on accessibility throughout Festival Grounds. He has been doing good work as the Disability Affairs Coordinator for Lafayette Consolidated Government and we are looking forward to working with him.

We have a new mobile app provider and have recently begun the development of our brand new app. We will have dedicated features focused on sending Festival patrons to the businesses that support us…

Overall fundraising so far is going well, but we still have a long ways to go. If you are curious, you can see our progress on all programs by clicking here. Our goal is to hit the top of each bar shown before Festival begins. If you would like to be a part of what brings the world to Lafayette, choose the program that is right for you by clicking here!

I will be a guest on Jan Swift’s “Discover Lafayette” podcast in a couple of weeks. Be sure to tune in to hear more about everything else we have going on.

That’s it for now – I will circle back after the first of the year.

From all of us at Festival, Joyeux Noël et Bonne Année!

Scott Feehan
Executive Director I Festival International de Louisiane

Bonne Fête au Festival! 32 ans! Festival International de Louisiane
April 25-29, 2018
www.festivalinternational.org

Programming Director, Lisa Stafford, Named Chevalier of the French Order of Arts & Letters

November 3, 2017
For Immediate Release
Contact: April Courville, Marketing Director
april@festivalinternational.diablodev.com

Bridget Stanga, Attachée de Presse at the Consulate General of France in Louisiana
bridget.stanga@diplomatie.gouv.fr
504-569-2873

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.

Félicitations Lisa!

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.festivalinternatinal.org
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.