Executive Director of Festival International Released the following letter to supporters:
To our Festival supporters,
You are receiving this update because
you supported us in the past two years – either as a volunteer or a financial supporter.
We appreciate your patience as our team has spent several months exploring ways to safely create an exciting and inspiring event for our Festival family. As mentioned in our previous statement, it will not be possible to produce Festival International de Louisiane in its usual format this Spring. In the end, we have decided to take our 2020 Virtual Fest structure to the next level by combining some live / immersive experiences in Downtown Lafayette, plus community-centered components to create an unforgettable event.
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. Festival is our very own unique celebration that we can all be proud of, and we want to continue sharing the magic that brings us together each year.
Festival is about diversity, exploring, learning, loving, laughing, dancing, sharing, celebrating and appreciating the uniqueness of all cultures around the world. 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.
The financial goal as an organization is to hopefully break even this year and not lose more ground after last year. If we receive the level of support we did last year, Festival will come close to hitting that goal. You proved to us how much this event means to our community by purchasing merchandise, buying Festival punch, and by sticking with us as sponsors and donors. From Amis to Rain Angels, to local businesses and 5K runners, your support brings the world to Lafayette. Get involved in a way that works for you so we can continue to celebrate year after year.
Furthermore, Festival International will once again put the talent of Lafayette onto a global virtual stage combined with some of the finest talent from around the world, while also sharing memories of past festivals. We will be working with Downtown Lafayette stakeholders, including DDA, DLU, and many Downtown business owners to highlight what makes our city so special. Last year, we entertained viewers from 44 different countries – this year we will strive for even more. This event will remind those who may have lived or visited here years ago how wonderful our community is, as well as inspire new visitors to come see Acadiana for themselves.
Please know we do recognize that on the surface this is not the option that any of us would have chosen. However, with every challenge comes opportunity. This is our opportunity to not only showcase Lafayette on an international level, but also to continue growing our technical virtual toolset with advanced capabilities that allow our region’s talent to get global reach. When Festival International is back in full swing, this technology will be key to uniting us as a community with the world.
Our theme for Festival 2021 is commUNITY, and this message is at the forefront of every step we take. Our team has selected three very talented and diverse visual artists to collaborate on a piece of artwork that represents commUNITY. These artists came together without knowing each other prior and accepted our challenge to unite through their diversities to create one unifying piece. With varying artistic mediums, different ethnic backgrounds and ranging ages, the process has been amazing to witness. Stay tuned for the big artwork reveal, which will inspire the official pin and poster for 2021.
We can’t wait to share the details and full schedule with you! See below for an rough overview of a few of our plans. Stay tuned as we roll more details out in the coming months. We invite you all to unite with us in 2021 to celebrate the power of diversity and love. Show your support, get involved with our Festival commUNITY, and take care of yourselves and each other.
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
Vive le festival!
Festival International de Louisiane