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2016 French Quarter Festival Keeping the ‘French’ in French Quarter Fest!

April 4, 2016 Destination North America No Comments Print Print Email Email
French Quarter Festival presented by Chevron is the largest showcase of Louisiana music in the world. In 2016, attendees can also celebrate New Orleans’ French heritage with a wide-range of Francophone music, food, art, and special events all four days of the April 7-10 event.

French Quarter Festival Celebrates French Artists in New Orleans

Official 2016 Posters by Isabelle Jacopin and Simon Hardeveld

The 2016 French Quarter Festival posters are works by French artists Isabelle Jacopin and Simon Hardeveld.  A native of Brittany, Jacopin now divides her time between the small village of Le Buque in the Dordogne region of France and her French Quarter apartment. While in France, Isabelle works with the Musique New Orleans et Perigeaux festival, teaching local children how to make Mardi Gras Indian costumes and playing host to the Louisiana musicians who visit. Other than the occasional French landscape, New Orleans provides nearly all of the subjects for her work. Scenes reflected in tubas, such as the one in the 2016 French Quarter Festival poster, are a frequent motif.

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Once again French Quarter Festival features a special limited-edition poster created by New Orleans’ most well-known French folk-art painter, Simon Hardeveld. Born in France and later moving to the United States to start three of his own restaurants, Simon found his true calling to be a painter at his brasserie in Metairie when customers always wanted to buy his signs behind the counter. Most well-known for his set design work on New Orleans evening news, WGNO News with a Twist, Simon has been commissioned by restaurants, stores, locals, and tourists to create special original paintings for anniversaries, birthdays, or just home décor that captures the spirit of New Orleans.

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A Showcase of French Cuisine

In a city famous for its wealth of delicious, decadent, and unique food, French Quarter Festival gives attendees a taste of the best of the best at the ‘The World’s Largest Jazz Brunch’. Over 60 vendors feature cuisine from the finest chefs in the region, and several look to France for recipes or ingredients. From Plum Street Snoballs’ Chambord (French Raspberry Liqueur) Snoball, Haydel’s Bakery’s Chocolate Éclairs, Crêpes à La Cart’s sweet or savory Crêpes, to Muriel’s Crawfish and Goat Cheese Crêpes, Antoine‘s Oysters Bonne Femme, and Galatoire’s Shrimp Remoulade, attendees can enjoy a taste of New Orleans French heritage- as well as several Cajun offerings- at booths all over the Festival.

French Themes at Whitney Bank Film Fest at French Quarter Festival with Timecode: NOLA and Let Them Talk

Whitney Bank Film Festival at French Quarter Festival with Timecode:NOLA provides three full days of programming, screening fascinating movies and shorts that focus on Louisiana music, culture, and neighborhoods. The event takes place at Le Petit Théâtre du Vieux Carré- celebrating its 100th birthday in 2016- one of the oldest community theatres in the country.

On Sunday, April 10, Mon Cher Camarade tells the story of French-speaking Cajuns who served in WWII either as members of the OSS or as citizen soldiers. Cajuns not only worked with the French resistance after D-Day, but also provided the U.S. Army’s most effective means of communication with local authorities and the civilian population which, in turn, provided critical support and intelligence to the American army.

Also on April 10, the National Park Service will celebrate its centennial with another film examining Cajun-French culture.  Un Bal Cajun et Créole à la Maison  (A Cajun & Creole House Party) highlights the American treasures of Cajun and Creole music, featuring four musicians who are fluent speakers of Louisiana Cajun and Creole. Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Leroy Etienne, Bruce Daigrepont, and Michael Doucet all share stories and the stage together to show why South Louisiana’s Cajun and Creole culture is unique and worth preserving.

Let Them Talk, the annual lecture series curated by Fred Kasten and Dr. Connie Atkinson featuring Louisiana musicians, will return to the Louisiana State Museum’s Old U.S. Mint for the 2016 French Quarter Festival. This year’s schedule includes Song for My Fathers and Beyond: Tommy Sancton on Saturday, April 9. Novelist, journalist, memoirist, and clarinetist Tommy Sancton’s acclaimed 2006 memoir Song for My Fathers documented his apprenticeship with clarinet great George Lewis and other New Orleans jazz pioneers. Sancton returned to New Orleans in 2007 after many years abroad – mostly in Paris serving asTIME Magazine’s Paris Bureau Chief- and reestablished himself as a top-notch clarinetist and bandleader on the New Orleans scene. For Let Them Talk, Tommy Sancton discusses his parallel careers in writing and music with interviewer Fred Kasten.

On Sunday, April 10, Miss River: Sarah Quintana New Orleans singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sarah Quintana will discuss her twin careers in New Orleans and France during with interviewer Fred Kasten. Quintana splits her time between the US and France, working alongside saxophonist Raphael Imbert, touring on her own repertoire with French and American musicians.

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