Festival Guide Sponsors

Borden’s
Canada/New Brunswick
Cedar Grocery
Codofil
Corner Bar
Crawfish Festival Breaux Bridge
Developing Lafayette
DTA
Eat Lafayette
Festival Acadiens & Creole
Greg Moreaux
Guardian Angels’ Fund
IberiaBank
IDI Workplace
JD Bank
La Carreta
Lafayette Airport
Lafayette Music Academy
LUS 
LUS Fiber
Moncus Park
Nabil Loli
Nitetown
Pouparts
School of Rock
Shelter Insurance
St Martin Parish
Stirling Properties
Tsunami
UL Lafayette
UL Lafayette
Vermilionville

Virtual Festival Sunday

AOC Digital Archive Presentation:

shown on AOC TV and AOC Facebook page


1:00Sargent GarciaFrance/Cuba2013
2:15TinariwenMali2014

Virtual Festival Friday, presented by JD Bank:

on AOC TV and Festival International Facebook Page


*Starting times for the day and order of performances will be accurate. Due to the nature of our live streaming, the exact times of all performances will “breathe”. We are providing the approximate hour markers to give you some reference of expectations.

We will be streaming these shows live on our Facebook Page. Ideally, try to watch on a TV or computer with some good speakers.

TimeOrderArtistCountryYear
4:001Natu CamaraGuineaVirtual
2 Julian Primeaux LouisianaVirtual
 3Gregg Martinez, G.G. Shinn, & T.K. HulinLouisiana2017
 4Major HandyLouisianaVirtual
 5Lisa LeBlancNew Brunswick2015
 6Lone PiñonNew MexicoVirtual
 5:007Angélique KidjoBenin2015
8Jacques SuretteNova ScotiaVirtual
9Charles BradleyU.S.2013
 10Jelly ToastLouisianaVirtual
11Jeffery Broussard & the Creole CowboysLouisiana2017
 6:0012DelgresFrance/GuadeloupeVirtual
 13The WailersJamaica2013
 14SinkaneSudan/U.S.Virtual
15GIVERS w/ Special Guests Tom Tom Club, Mokoomba, & Dickie LandryLouisiana/U.S.2017
16Finale w/ Sinkane & special guestsSudan/Haiti/France/Guadeloupe/Brazil/Guinea/Louisiana/ZimbabweVirtual

Virtual Festival Saturday

AOC Digital Archive Presentation:

shown on AOC TV and AOC Facebook page


2:00Chic GamineManitoba2013
3:15BajoliDR Congo/Belgium2014

Virtual Festival Friday, presented by LUS:

on AOC TV and Festival International Facebook Page


We will be streaming these shows live on our Facebook Page. Ideally, try to watch on a TV or computer with some good speakers.

TimeOrderArtistCountryYear
5:001Natu CamaraGuineaVirtual
 2Red BaraatIndia/U.S.2017
 3Eric DionQuébecVirtual
6:004Leyla McCallaLouisiana/HaitiVirtual
 5GuGu Drum Group from ShanghaiChina2017
 6Nathan & the Zydeco Cha ChasLouisianaVirtual
 7MarchFourthU.S.2015
 8SpoutniqueNew BrunswickVirtual
7:009T’MondeLouisianaVirtual
 10GinkgoaFrance2017
 11Brother DegeLouisianaVirtual
 12Nomadic MassiveQuébec/Cuba/France/Brazil2015
 13Soul CreoleLouisianaVirtual
8:0014Balkan Beat BoxIsrael/France2017
 15Radio RadioNova Scotia/New BrunswickVirtual

Virtual Festival Friday

AOC Digital Archive Presentation:

shown on AOC TV and AOC Facebook page


4:00Sharon Jones & the Dap KingsU.S.2010
5:15Bomba EstéreoColumbia2011

Virtual Festival Friday, presented by Coca Cola:

shown on AOC TV and Festival International Facebook Page


*Starting times for the day and order of performances will be accurate. Due to the nature of our live streaming, the exact times of all performances will “breathe”. We are providing the approximate hour markers to give you some reference of expectations.

We will be streaming these shows live on our Facebook Page. Ideally, try to watch on a TV or computer with some good speakers.

TimeOrderArtistCountryYear
7:001Opening Ceremonies Virtual
 2Ceux Qui Marchent DeboutFrance2017
 3Pierre DonoréFranceVirtual
 4RAMHaitiVirtual
8:005MokoombaZimbabwe2017
 6Burke, Steve, & Dolsy Riley LouisianaVirtual
 7Rachid TahaAlgeria2009
 8AyradMorocco/QuébecVirtual
 9Dave PuhaczNew BrunswickVirtual
 10Marc BroussardLouisiana2017
 11Francisco El HombreBrazilVirtual
 12Las CafeterasMexico/U.S.2017
9:0013Chloé BreaultNew BrunswickVirtual
 14Roddie Romero & the Hub City AllstarsLouisiana2015
 15FeufolletLouisianaVirtual
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Festival International Called Off for Spring 2020

News from Festival International
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

News from Festival International
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