40th Anniversary Events

Festivals Acadiens et Créoles 1974 to the Present

This year is the 40th anniversary of the first Tribute to Cajun Music concert in 1974 that eventually evolved into Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. It is also the 50th anniversary of the first Cajun music performance by Dewey Balfa, Gladdie Thibodeaux and Vinesse LeJeune at the 1964 Newport Folk Festival that directly influenced ours. And it is also the 80th anniversary of John and Alan Lomax's Louisiana fieldwork trip in 1934 that directly influenced both of these. Balfa along with Newport Folk Festival board member Ralph Rinzler later helped to organize and produce the 1974 concert in Lafayette. So this year, we are celebrating our own 40 years of preserving and presenting Cajun and Creole music, as well as the anniversaries of festive ancestry. Festivals Acadiens et Créoles is a self-celebration of our culture and way of life. The festival is an opportunity for all of us to gather and celebrate how we live. It is an opportunity for musicians, chefs and artists of the region to gather once a year to show the rest of the world that our culture is vibrant and thriving, as well as to hand it down to future generations.

Earl Hébert, 1942-2006

This year's Official Festival Poster features art by Earl Hebert. Earl's work is full of the colorful world of the Cajuns! His paintings combine images of the past, present and future that weave a timeless story of a simpler era, when the warmth of good friends and family, a sack of crawfish, a few cold beers and a few hot songs were all that was needed to make a great day perfect! He was a great fan of Cajun and Creole music, food and culture, and his love of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles comes through in his timeless rendition, featuring a number of iconic images from the festival experience over the years, including musicians, dancers, food vendors, crafts persons, the crowd, the trees, even the bridge that used to span the swale.

Anniversaries 40 - 50 - 80
Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Dewey Balfa at Newport, and Alan Lomax in Louisiana

Thursday, October 9

Hamilton Hall Auditorium - University of Louisiana at Lafayette

9:00 - 9:45

"Themes of Cultural Conservation, Creolization and Modernization in the Work of Alan Lomax and Ralph Rinzler"
Nick Spitzer, keynote

10:00 - 11:30

"Academic and Journalistic Perspectives on Festivals Acadiens et Creoles"
Mark DeWitt (moderator), University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Barry Ancelet, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Josh Caffery, Indiana University
Nathan Salsburg, Association for Cultural Equity
Ben Sandmel, writer and folklorist
Nick Spitzer, Tulane University

11:30 - 1:30


1:30 - 2:15

"The History of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles"
Barry Ancelet, keynote
With personal observations by Keith Cravey

2:30 - 4:00

"Musicians and Family Members Reflect on the Festival"
Pat Mould, moderator
Lawrence Ardoin
Christine Balfa
Michael Doucet
Ann Savoy
Gary Newman

Ticket Information - Register

General Admission - Free

Limited Seating

From Field to Stage: "Songs from the Lomax Collection" Concert

Doors Open 6pm / Showtime 7pm

Featuring Beausoleil avec Michael Doucet, Jeffrey Broussard & Family, Feufollet with Special Guest Kristi Guillory, Blake Miller, Megan Brown, Joel Savoy Josh Caffery & Ashely Hayes

Ticket Information - Purchase tickets

General Admission - $15 day of

Student Tickets w/Valid ID @ Door $12 day of

Visions of Tradition Exhibit:
40 Years of Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Art

Located at the Paul & LuLu Hillard University Art Museum

A Hays Town Home

Opening Reception on September 19 - October 13
Radio Acadie will be broadcasting live from the festival grounds! Interviews as well as live music will hit the airwaves throughout festival weekend. Stop by the tent and visit with the KRVS staff and get info on how you can become a member!