Cultural Exchange Pavilion: Celebrating New Orleans’ Tricentennial

Artwork by Ellen Macomber

As 2018 marks New Orleans’ 300th anniversary, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival Presented by Shell joins the City-wide and year-long celebration by dedicating its 2018 Cultural Exchange Pavilion to the City’s Tricentennial.

While New Orleans music and culture are the soul and heartbeat of the Festival already, the Cultural Exchange Pavilion will serve as a focal point of the Tricentennial Celebration at the Festival with a special program highlighting the multicultural fabric of the City. In addition to the New Orleans’ renowned Creole and African heritage, the Pavilion presentation will shed a light on lesser-known contributions by Germans, Irish, Italians, Vietnamese and Hispanics among others, through artist demonstrations, live music and dance showcases, authentic food, parades, photo exhibits and cultural displays.

Daily live performances on the Cultural Exchange Pavilion Stage will take the audience on a musical journey through New Orleans and around the world, and feature the best of New Orleans music along with Haitian vodou rhythms, hypnotic blues from Mali, traditional Irish music, punta rock from Honduras and much more. Offstage, Native American powwow dancers, Mardi Gras Indian parades and Vietnamese Lion Dancers will dazzle the eye, while providing another illustration of the cultural diversity that has and continues to make New Orleans “gumbo” so unique.