Lisa Stafford To Receive Prestigious International Award

News from Festival International
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

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
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.