In the Louisiana Folklife Village, master craftsmen and tradition-bearers create cultural treasures by using generations-old techniques. Here, Cajun musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, fishermen knit shrimp nets and boat-builders transform bald cypress into the graceful pirogues and skiffs that ply our waterways. Watch as New Orleans architectural tradesmen forge decorative ironwork and mold ornamental plaster medallions characteristic of historic New Orleans homes. Learn the traditions of Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, and watch as float-makers create carnival masterpieces from papier-mâché. Visit the Folklife Village and bear witness to our state’s unique cultural history.
A component of the Folklife Village, the NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE celebrates the rich heritage of our state’s indigenous peoples. Here you can see demonstrations of traditional indigenous crafts from many of the Louisiana Native tribes such as the art of basket weaving, wood carving, and beadwork. You can also taste traditional Native American foods such as fry bread and maque choux while enjoying traditional pow wow dancing.
The Grandstand gives Festival-goers a chance to take an intimate look at the vibrant culture, cuisine and art of Louisiana in an air-conditioned environment. This year’s programs includes Special Exhibits spanning both weekends on the 1st Floor, West Wing, and four intriguing stages: Food Heritage Stage (1st Floor East), Cajun Cabin (on the apron outside Food Heritage), the Allison Miner Music Heritage Stage (2nd floor East), and the Lagniappe Stage (in the outdoor paddock).
The Cultural Exchange Pavilion (CEP) was established in 1996 to honor New Orleans’ cultural ancestry. This year, the Festival celebrates Cuba!