Festival International

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The main stage at the 2006 festival; Buckwheat Zydeco is playing.

The Festival International de Louisiane is an annual music and arts festival held in Lafayette, Louisiana celebrating the French heritage of the region. The festival was first held in 1987 and has become very popular, attracting musicians, artists, and craftsmen from around the world. The festival is held outdoors, usually in the third week of April, and is free to the public. Estimates for attendance include 375,000 for 2011.[1] The festival was voted the "Best World Music Festival" by About.com readers in their 2012 and 2013 Readers' Choice Awards.[2]

The stated mission of the festival is to:

Participating artists[edit]

Buckwheat Zydeco on the main stage at the 2006 festival.

The festival draws musicians from around the world. Past performers include:

Details of the Event[edit]

Festival International de Louisiane has a variety of music, performers and vendors from all over the world. It is free to attend the Festival, which is supported by donors, volunteers and by the attendees when they purchase a pin. There are over 4 stages and a children's area to celebrate International culture. Festival International de Louisiane happens the last weekend on April with opening ceremonies on Wednesday evening. The Festival closes out Sunday evening with an all artist music jam. The Festival is maintained 90% by volunteers.

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  1. ^ Diana K. Schwam (2012). Frommer's New Orleans. John Wiley & Sons. p. 32. ISBN 9781118074060. 
  2. ^ Romer, Megan. "Must-See World Music at Festival International 2012:Don't Miss These Fabulous Bands From Around the World". about.com. Retrieved 2012-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Mission of Festival International". Retrieved 2010-03-25. 

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