Arts & Culture
8:18 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Photos From The 28th Annual Festival International

The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
The Festival International main stage, featuring Cajun musician Michael Doucet and his group BeauSoleil.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

Festival International de Louisiane, the annual exploration and celebration of world music in the heart of Acadiana, transformed the city of Lafayette into a five-day entertainment showcase this past week.

The free festival featured six music stages, street musicians, arts and crafts, workshops, food, drinks and much more.

"What do I like about Festival?" wondered local resident Karl Schott. "It's open. You can pop your head into a local establishment for a little A/C or a different drink. And you run into everyone you know."

We sure did.

Haitian band BélO got the crowd moving.
Haitian band BélO got the crowd moving.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Visitors in the Museum on the Move, a project of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Public History Program. The 1954 Airstream trailer currently houses an exhibit exploring women in Louisiana politics.
Visitors in the Museum on the Move, a project of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's Public History Program. The 1954 Airstream trailer currently houses an exhibit exploring women in Louisiana politics.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Scores of craft booths lined the side streets throughout downtown Lafayette.
Scores of craft booths lined the side streets throughout downtown Lafayette.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Teenagers found a secluded alley, complete with a waterfall.
Teenagers found a secluded alley, complete with a waterfall.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
As the day wears on, Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette turns into an adult party scene.
As the day wears on, Jefferson Street in downtown Lafayette turns into an adult party scene.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
The Lafayette Science Museum, including this dinosaur exhibit and planetarium shows, was free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
The Lafayette Science Museum, including this dinosaur exhibit and planetarium shows, was free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Cajun/Gypsy/Jazz/Punk band Vagabond Swing drew a crowd of hundreds of screaming teenagers.
Cajun/Gypsy/Jazz/Punk band Vagabond Swing drew a crowd of hundreds of screaming teenagers.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Dana Campbell keeping busy dishing out deliciousness at Lagneaux's Restaurant food stand.
Dana Campbell keeping busy dishing out deliciousness at Lagneaux's Restaurant food stand.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Nigerian band Bombino closed out Saturday night on the Scène Stabril Stage in front of a crowd of thousands that spilled out into the streets beyond.
Nigerian band Bombino closed out Saturday night on the Scène Stabril Stage in front of a crowd of thousands that spilled out into the streets beyond.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO
Dominique Dupuis and her band from New Brunswick played Sunday morning. The festival puts a heavy focus on music from throughout the Acadian diaspora.
Dominique Dupuis and her band from New Brunswick played Sunday morning. The festival puts a heavy focus on music from throughout the Acadian diaspora.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO