Cultural Exchange Pavilion

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

Celebrating Jazz Fest 50th anniversary with a WORLD JOURNEY!

Featuring over 150 artists from 13 various countries, the 2019 Cultural Exchange Pavilion joins the Festival’ s 50th anniversary by bringing back favorites from past cultural exchange, and mixing in exciting first-time performers from throughout Africa, the Caribbean and Canada.

Favorites from the past returning to the Festival on first weekend include Pride of Zulu of South Africa, Le Vent du Nord of Canada, and native DJ Collective A Tribe Called Red. Returning artists on second weekend include Jupiter & Okwess of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa, and Pedrito Martinez of Cuba.

Parading throughout the Fair Grounds and at the Pavilion, New York-based Haitian DjaRARA and The Bahamas Junkanoos add their infectious energy and vibrant colors to New Orleans’ own Mardi Gras Indians and brass bands.

Adding to the eclectic mix are first-time appearances by groups from throughout Africa, the Caribbean and Canada including 3L Ifèdé of Benin, Dobet Gnahoré of Ivory Coast, The Bahamas Revue Band, Tribu Baharu
of Colombia, Moonlight Benjamin of Haiti and Mdou Moctar of Niger.

13 Master artisans previously featured at the Festival share their traditions and creative process inside the Pavilion.

One of the Pavilion’s all-time favorites, Chouval Bwa Traditionnel of Martinique returns to delight adults and children alike over both Festival weekends. A cultural jewel from the French Caribbean island of Martinique, the hand-carved carousel features a live band in its center.

The journey would not be complete without a taste of Colombo de Poulet from Martinique, Bunny Chow from South Africa, and Pão de queijo from Brazil, all served at Carmo’s food booth near the pavilion.


Chouval Bwa Traditionel of Martinique at the Festival was made possible with the support of the Martinique Promotion Bureau/CMT, Collectivité Territoriale de Martinique, SPEDIDAM and DAC Martinique 


The Bahamas Junkanoos and the Bahamas Revue Band supported by The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism


Pride of Zulu, Crocodile Gumboot Dancers and South African artists supported by NOSACONN

3 L Ifèdé of Benin supported by the Gouvernement de la République du Bénins.