Louisiana Folklife Village

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Like its signature dish, gumbo, Louisiana is a spicy stew comprised of many distinctive elements: African American, Cajun, Creole, Latin, French, Cuban, Isleño, Native American, and practically everything in between. To experience this unique culture firsthand, step intothe Louisiana Folklife Village and discover many of the state’s generations-old traditions – and some emerging ones, too! Here you can see artists create elaborate sculptures for Mardi Gras floats, blacksmiths forge decorative ironwork for French Quarter balconies, musicians meticulously handcraft accordions, and Mardi Gras Indians bead their suits. Learn how to knit a shrimp net, repair a handcrafted shutter or glitter a Muses shoe. These are only a few of the dozens of traditions featured in the Louisiana Folklife Village that bear witness to our state’s unique cultural and diverse history.

In celebration of the 250th anniversary of the modern circus, we will feature Under the Big Top! Step right up to see amazing aerialists perform their stunts! Catch a laugh with creative circus clowns! As we look back at our city’s 300-year history, we will explore the exciting circuses and Buffalo Bill shows whose influences are woven into the fabric of New Orleans. Join us as we celebrate circus life through engagement with artists and performers, and as we focus on the people and human dimensions of our city’s circus arts. Daily demonstrations and mini-circus shows will be held throughout both weekends in the Folklife Village.

 

Louisiana Folklife Village
Weekend 1 – April 27, 28, 29, 2018
  Louisiana Folklife Village
Weekend 2 – May 3, 4, 5, 6, 2018