Festival International de Louisiane

Festival International de Louisiane Festival International is a cultural celebration through music, food, and art. See you next time, April 24-28th, 2024!
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Learn more about being part of the magic at www.festivalinternational.org Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based 5-day music and arts festival held every year during the last full week of April in Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana.

Happy New Year, tout le monde! You know what that means...only 114 days until Festival International 2024!!!
01/01/2024

Happy New Year, tout le monde! You know what that means...only 114 days until Festival International 2024!!!

The family of our dear friend and longtime Festival supporter, David Cheramie, needs the love and support of our communi...
12/29/2023

The family of our dear friend and longtime Festival supporter, David Cheramie, needs the love and support of our community today. Please donate what you can, and keep the Cheramies in your thoughts. 🩵

If you know Lafayette Louisiana, you know David Cheramie. An artist, academic… Kara St. Clair needs your support for Un Coup de Main pour David Cheramie

Joyeuses fêtes à tous! Happy Holidays, y'all! ‍🎄✨ Sending love and light to all of our friends and fans, near and far! S...
12/25/2023

Joyeuses fêtes à tous! Happy Holidays, y'all! ‍🎄✨ Sending love and light to all of our friends and fans, near and far! See you in the New Year.

Our Amis have helped keep Festival's light shining bright throughout both the amazing & the difficult years. 🌎✨ We're lu...
12/22/2023

Our Amis have helped keep Festival's light shining bright throughout both the amazing & the difficult years. 🌎✨ We're lucky to have friends to lean on & we invite YOU to be part of the Festival magic!
Visit https://bit.ly/3ve9jVp to learn how to become Fest Friends Forever.

Ami du Festival = Friend of Festival. Our Amis have helped keep the Festival light shining bright throughout both the am...
12/19/2023

Ami du Festival = Friend of Festival. Our Amis have helped keep the Festival light shining bright throughout both the amazing & the difficult years with contributions of any amount.
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Visit www.festivalinternational.org/ami-du-festival to learn how to become Fest Friends Forever. Bon Festival!

12/12/2023

Looking for a gift that gives back? Shop local with Festival International this holiday season by visiting our online shop.
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We have all new suuuper soft zip up hoodies (printed by Parish Ink!) + unisex swirly socks, a VERY limited # of locally crafted pennants necklaces by G Jewelry & some other great gifts that show your Festival love.

Shop now at https://festivalinternational.myshopify.com/

***AS OUR LAST POST NOTED: THE MARKET'S DATE CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER, IT IS NOW SUN. DEC. 10TH***Shop with Festival for g...
12/08/2023

***AS OUR LAST POST NOTED: THE MARKET'S DATE CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER, IT IS NOW SUN. DEC. 10TH***

Shop with Festival for gifts that give back this SUNDAY at the Holiday Market at Parc Sans Souci! Lots of great vendors will be out - so come shop local!

We will be set up at Parc Sans Souci with hot chocolate 4 U!
🎁 ALL NEW FESTIVAL ZIP UP HOODIES • SWIRLY SOCKS • HANDCRAFTED SWIRL PENDANTS BY G JEWELRY • LIMITED # OF PINS & COLLECTOR ITEMS

Edit: We now have 30 vendors! PLEASE SHARE! We're counting on our community to come show some love to the local artists and creative small biz owners that worked really hard to make the Holiday Art Market happen. Due to weather concerns, we decided to move the event from Saturday to Sunday. Unfortunately, this means the event will not take place during Art Walk as originally planned and we will possibly miss out on that anticipated foot traffic. Artists have been prepping for weeks if not months for this event.

The good news is you can help while also having fun! Support local and shop unique gifts at the Holiday Art Market, walk over to your favorite restaurant for a quick bite, check out Voodoo Vintage'S street market, and end the day at the free Movies in the Parc screening of the Grinch! Not to mention there is so much more downtown has to offer for a full day of fun!

12/08/2023

***PLEASE NOTE: THE MARKET'S DATE CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER, IT IS NOW SUN. DEC. 10TH***

Shop with Festival for gifts that give back this SUNDAY at the Holiday Market at Parc Sans Souci! Lots of great vendors will be out - so come shop local!

We will be set up at Parc Sans Souci with hot chocolate 4 U!
🎁 ALL NEW FESTIVAL ZIP UP HOODIES • SWIRLY SOCKS • HANDCRAFTED SWIRL PENDANTS BY G JEWELRY • LIMITED # OF PINS & COLLECTOR ITEMS

FEST FRIENDS FOREVER! Contributions big and small help make Festival possible. Meet our great Ami Neysha, AKA "Swirl Gir...
12/06/2023

FEST FRIENDS FOREVER! Contributions big and small help make Festival possible. Meet our great Ami Neysha, AKA "Swirl Girl"!
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Join our Festival Family as an Ami du Festival supporter at www.festivalinternational.org this holiday season.

12/05/2023

Shop with Festival for gifts that give back! Come find us at the Holiday Market this SUNDAY! (***DATE CHANGED DUE TO WEATHER, IT IS NOW DEC. 10TH)

We will be set up at Parc Sans Souci with hot cholocate 4 U!
🎁 ALL NEW FESTIVAL ZIP UP HOODIES • SWIRLY SOCKS • HANDCRAFTED SWIRL PENDANTS BY G JEWELRY • LIMITED # OF PINS & COLLECTOR ITEMS

12/03/2023

As November came to an end, so did Amal's BIG Journey Across America, The Walk. Her team touched countless lives in an effort to raise funds and awareness for refugee children around the world. Check out this video of Amal's visit to our own city of Lafayette, Louisiana!

The final fundraiser we want to share during this giving season is over at www.walkwithamal.org - where they are getting close to meeting their financial goal! Join Amal by making a donation to provide education, food, shelter, emergency medical care, legal assistance and much more for these innocent children.

DID YOU KNOW? globalFEST has been a huge part of helping Festival International find new performers from around the glob...
11/17/2023

DID YOU KNOW? globalFEST has been a huge part of helping Festival International find new performers from around the globe over the years! We are thankful for all that they do to push international music into the center of the performing arts field through the production of their globalFEST festival.
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November is a time for giving, and this month we're highlighting some initiatives we believe in - in hopes that you'll show some support! Please consider making a donation to help globalFEST continue their mission.
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globalFEST helps artists develop sustainable careers; brings global music across the country; breaks down cultural and artistic barriers; and encourages understanding through music at a time where creating opportunities for cultural exchange and diverse perspectives is more important than ever!
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THE POWER OF MUSIC brings people together during times of conflict and now is the time to be part of their movement. Head over to their fundraising page: www.indiegogo.com/projects/support-globalfest-2024

The big news is OUT from Festival International de Louisiane today! Local artist Dusty Reed, The Cajun Picasso, is named...
11/15/2023

The big news is OUT from Festival International de Louisiane today! Local artist Dusty Reed, The Cajun Picasso, is named 2024 Official Visual Artist. We love working with Dusty and can not wait for you to see what he's been creating for FIL 2024.
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"Born and raised in Acadiana, Dusty Reed has worked as a professional artist for over 15 years. Dusty’s art reflects the vibrant culture of this region. He uses a broad spectrum of visual art, from paintings and sculptures to multi-dimensional installations. He creates many of his pieces from objects and repurposing long-forgotten items you might recognize."

READ FULL SCOOP HERE:
www.festivalinternational.org/2024-visual-artist

We'd like to take a minute to congratulate our partners and friends over at KRVS Public Media for 60 years of excellence...
11/07/2023

We'd like to take a minute to congratulate our partners and friends over at KRVS Public Media for 60 years of excellence in public radio, and for the INCREDIBLE night they created last week for their KRVS 60th Celebration - A Fundraising Fais Do Do!

November is a time for giving, and this month we'd like to highlight a few initiatives we believe in - in hopes that you'll show some support. Please consider making a donation to help KRVS continue their mission.

We are so proud of these local artists making their mark in our sister city all the way in Belgium! 🇧🇪 Makemade & Burton...
11/06/2023

We are so proud of these local artists making their mark in our sister city all the way in Belgium!
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Makemade & Burton Durand have been working with Festival International behind the scenes for years creating beautiful designs. From merchandise to massive signage, we can always rely on them to crank out endless ideas that represent our festival.

Applications are open for vendors now through Dec 1st! We can't wait to hear from you about your amazing creations! 🥘 🎨❤...
10/26/2023

Applications are open for vendors now through Dec 1st! We can't wait to hear from you about your amazing creations!
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Apply at www.festivalinternational.org/applications

🍽️✨🎨 CALLING FOOD VENDORS & ARTISANS!👩🏽‍🍳✨🧑🏾‍🎨

Applications are officially OPEN for 2024 Festival International vendors, now thru Dec. 1st. All-new faces & returning friends - we can't wait to share your food and art with the world.

Apply at www.festivalinternational.org/applications

Today is the birthday of a very special little (BIG!) girl named Amal! What better day to share these powerful images ca...
10/24/2023

Today is the birthday of a very special little (BIG!) girl named Amal! What better day to share these powerful images captured last week during her visit in our very own city!
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If you were moved by your experience at Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette ! - Please consider donating to the fund created by her team for refugee children around the globe. Her visit taught us that HALF of the world's refugees are these innocent children that just seek a safe home.

Thank you, Lafayette, for welcoming Amal with us. Coming together for that walk was a gentle reminder of the good in this world - and how beautifully diversity and creativity can collide.

Donate here:https://www.walkwithamal.org/the-amal-fund/

Photography by the great Rush Jagoe ! Thanks so much!

Handspring Puppet Company Downtown Lafayette
Lafayette Economic Development Authority LEDA Lafayette1823 Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music Acadiana Center for the Arts Maison Freetown Attakapas Collective

📻✨MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION ✨📣  This is an event you do not want to miss! Packed with amazing music + complimentary sou...
10/23/2023

📻✨MAY WE HAVE YOUR ATTENTION ✨📣

This is an event you do not want to miss! Packed with amazing music + complimentary southern style cuisine, join us at the upcoming KRVS 60th Celebration - A Fundraising Fais Do Do! It's a chance to show support for the public radio station we all know and love for their big 60th year!

Tickets here, while they last:
https://www.simpletix.com/e/krvs-60th-celebration-%E2%80%93-a-fundraising-fais-tickets-144949?fbclid=IwAR1Rf7-hLomfUHRMajeDw9Ut_bb8OhfNeXf8mnqO5LQqay-awNSDOwb4pc4_aem_ASX6ElPd1MCX4WrMvIqaFni83rVx2iyyMO5yt6ipOKg3QUhGHLiX3-UOzzfEXLyXVruaJqTZf2TGWa7-JoBGtC-t&mibextid=Zxz2cZ -click

Join us as we celebrate KRVS in its 60th year of serving the public in and beyond Acadiana through cultural radio programming!We'll hear great music, chat about KRVS history, and more!

Melting over here. 🫠❤️ What a night.The Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra - ASYO were out of this world. Thank you, Acad...
10/19/2023

Melting over here. 🫠❤️ What a night.

The Acadiana Symphony Youth Orchestra - ASYO were out of this world. Thank you, Acadiana Symphony Orchestra and Conservatory of Music for being part of this endeavor!!

10/19/2023

WOW, Amal! WOW, Lafayette! So special to see you interact together tonight.

Thanks to everyone that made Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette ! a reality. Her team of creative geniuses, all of the partners, supporters, and our community.

Be sure to show love to the the innocent refugee children of the world, which Amal represents, by visiting the Choose Love fundraiser:

https://donate.chooselove.org/campaigns/walks-amal-fund/?utm_source=thewalkwebsite&utm_medium=thewalkwebsite&utm_campaign=littleamalus2023&utm_id=littleamalus2023

Amal has landed in Lafayette to spread hope and bring us together. Check out this great read by The Current about today'...
10/18/2023

Amal has landed in Lafayette to spread hope and bring us together. Check out this great read by The Current about today's event, Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette !

The 12-foot puppet, towering over crowds of fans during her trek worldwide, is a child herself, bringing awareness to the plight of refugees around the world.

"WHAT DOES AMAL MEAN TO ME?"Our region is made up of countless cultures, many of which came to Louisiana to find sanctua...
10/14/2023

"WHAT DOES AMAL MEAN TO ME?"

Our region is made up of countless cultures, many of which came to Louisiana to find sanctuary many years ago. The Walk with Amal (who is a 12 foot puppet of a Syrian child refugee) represents a celebration of art, hope and shared humanity that aims to unite communities and refocus attention on the urgent needs of refugees, immigrants and asylum seekers. These Walks highlight the rich cultures and contributions immigrants bring with them.

Join us in welcoming this BIG little girl on Oct .18 for Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette ! The journey will begin at Acadiana Center for the Arts at 6:00 PM - arrive a bit early to join the full walk. You can also choose to join us at the grand finale site where we welcome Amal at Parc International soon after (around 6:30 PM) with live music and much more. View route and info at www.festivalinternational.org/littleamal

Today marks ONE WEEK until Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette ! Who is Little Amal? What will the experienc...
10/11/2023

Today marks ONE WEEK until Little Amal's Journey: Allons jouer à Lafayette !

Who is Little Amal? What will the experience of her journey and interactions be like? This video gives insight to her team's mission, the beauty and REALNESS of the 12 foot puppet, and the immense impact Amal has on everyone that crosses her path.

Check it out, and see you next Wednesday! Arrive at Acadiana Center for the Arts before 6:00 to join her walk through downtown, or meet us at Parc International for the finale anytime after 6.

Little Amal is a giant puppet of a 10-year-old Syrian refugee girl traveling the world in search of a home. How will we welcome her?On 16 Sep 2022, the puppe...

10/11/2023

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🍽️✨🎨 CALLING FOOD VENDORS & ARTISANS!👩🏽‍🍳✨🧑🏾‍🎨Applications are officially OPEN for 2024 Festival International vendors, ...
10/11/2023

🍽️✨🎨 CALLING FOOD VENDORS & ARTISANS!👩🏽‍🍳✨🧑🏾‍🎨

Applications are officially OPEN for 2024 Festival International vendors, now thru Dec. 1st. All-new faces & returning friends - we can't wait to share your food and art with the world.

Apply at www.festivalinternational.org/applications

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Festival International de Louisiane

Thank you all for your support in our Virtual Festival this year! This experience was not what we had planned at the beginning of the year, but we made the best out of the situation and in the end, we think that the production came out great while bringing our patrons “together” from around the world.

We plan to carry our momentum straight into spring 2021 and can't wait to see you all again at our 35th Festival International de Louisiane!

WHAT IS FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE LOUISIANE?

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.

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