Lafayette, 2007 April 25-29
Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based, non-profit arts organization formed in 1986 to produce an annual visual and performing arts festival celebrating the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana - primarily a combination of French, African, Caribbean and Hispanic influences. The largest outdoor, free Francophone event in the U.S., the Festival places special emphasis on highlighting the connections between Acadiana and the Francophone world. Each year performing, visual and culinary artists from Europe, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean and the Americas are invited to share their talents with Louisiana artists, residents and visitors.
Since its creation, Festival International de Louisiane has become famous as a premier presenter of some of the most unique world musicians and performances in the United States. Popular Louisiana artists such as Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Allan Toussaint, Zachary Richard, Sonny Landreth, Beausoleil, Buckwheat Zydeco, Boozoo Chavis, Amedee « Bois Sec » Ardoin, D.L. Menard, Terrance Simien, C.J. Chenier, Geno Delafose, Clarence « Gatemouth » Brown, Canray Fontenot and Buddy Guy have all performed on our stages.
Program 2007: Zachary Richard & Francis Cabrel (France), Fanfare du Belgistan (Belgique), Les Yeux Noirs (France), Ba Cissoko (Guinée), Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas (Louisiane), Putumayo Presents: Vieux Farka Touré (Mali), Afrissippi (Sénégal), Eddie Bo (Louisiane), Gangbé Brass Band (Bénin), Beausoleil (Louisiane), Malvinas (Québec), Les Mononcles (Québec), Monsieur Nô (France), Razzmatazz for Kids (Nouvelle Écosse), Salif Keita (Mali), etc.