Festival International has announced plans for 2021.
Organizers says that after several months of exploring ways to safely create the event for the community, the Festival team is announcing their plans for pivoting the 2021 event in a way that "continues to celebrate the local and international music, arts, food and cultures that the event is known for."
They say it will not be possible to produce Festival International de Louisiane in its usual format this Spring. The final decision is to take the 2020 Virtual Fest structure to the next level by combining live / immersive experiences in Downtown Lafayette, plus community-centered components.
"Our plan is to build upon the momentum we had last year for Virtual Fest and give our supporters and community, near and far, a beacon of light and a reminder that together, through our music and culture, we are all united." said Executive Director, Scott Feehan. "Festival is our very own unique celebration that we can all be proud of, and we want to continue sharing the magic that unites us. Let’s stick together and get through these difficult times by leaning on each other. It is our hope that this spring, you will join us in supporting our artists, artisans, musicians, restaurants, bars, and businesses more than ever."
Festival International is working with Downtown Lafayette stakeholders, including DDA, DLU, and many Downtown business owners to highlight what makes Acadiana so special.
Last year, Virtual Fest entertained viewers from 44 different countries. This year, they say, they are striving for even more reach.
"The goal as an organization is to hopefully break even this year and not lose more ground after last year. If the 2021 event receives a level of support like in 2020, Festival will come close to hitting that goal."
The theme for Festival 2021 is commUNITY.
Three artists will collaborate on a piece of artwork that represents this message of commUNITY.
"These artists came together without knowing each other prior and accepted the challenge to unite through their diversities to create one unifying piece. With varying artistic mediums, different ethnic backgrounds and ranging ages, the final collaborative piece will inspire the official pin and poster for 2021."
Below is an overview of the plans for 2021.
- April 1 – 30, 2021: FEASTival International - a month of Festival food
- April 23 – 25, 2021: Virtual / Immersive Festival International
- April 24, 2021: Live / Virtual 5K
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