INTERNATIONAL JAM is a series of one-hour performance programs featuring artists from around the world. These shows are taped live, on location by Louisiana Public Broadcasting at the annual Festival International de Louisiane in Lafayette.
INTERNATIONAL JAM showcases many talented Louisiana artists and our indigenous music styles, while also exploring and comparing other cultures and music presented at the Festival International each year. INTERNATIONAL JAM offers viewers across the country a first-hand look at the Festival International and the variety of music that makes it so popular.
About Festival International de Louisiane
Festival International de Louisiane is a community-based, non-profit arts organization formed in 1986 to produce an annual visual and performing arts festival celebrating the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana and the Francophone world.
The Festival's mission is to:
- enrich the community by celebrating the native cultural heritage
- educate the public to the achievements of related global cultures
- develop and encourage an appreciation for the arts
- enhance the economic development of the Acadiana region through the promotion of cultural exchange on a national and international level.
Festival International de Louisiane is centered in Lafayette, the heart of French-speaking Acadiana -- Louisiana's Cajun and Creole country. Music, visual art exhibits, dance, theatre, film, lectures, videos, forums, workshops, an interpretive program guide, and innovative children's programming are offered in open-air settings throughout the historic downtown center. Artists from Africa, Europe, Canada, the Carribean, and the Americas are invited each year to share their talents with Louisiana artists, natives and visitors. Festival programming celebrates artistic expression from around the world and encourages understanding and appreciation of different cultures.
During the Festival, over 250 events are presented free to the public. In 1991, festival attendance was estimated at 250,000. Visitor logs documented travelers from 45 states and over 30 countries from all continents.
Festival International de Louisiane places a high priority in uncovering emerging international artists and providing them their U.S. debut. This opportunity has provided many artists with national media attention, U.S. tour offers, and recording contracts. Artists at the festival are provided numerous occasions to interact offering unique opportunities for artistic growth. Programming is decided by committees composed of local, national and international experts in various disciplines. These consultants research areas of programming, provide artist recommendations and compose articles for the interpretive guide. Artist selections are based on peer panel review.
Festival International de Louisiane is a true community event, involving over 2,000 volunteers in its organization and production.