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2016 New Orleans Bastille Day Fête

June 16th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Bastille Day Fête 2016Come celebrate French culture and history at the 2016 New Orleans Bastille Day Fête – July 15th, at the New Orleans Museum of Art!

Bastille Day – known as French National Day in France – is similar to the United States’ Independence Day in that it is a celebration of the 1789 storming of the Bastille, a large French fortress and prison in Paris. This act was the first step in France’s move towards democracy, not unlike America’s revolt against British rule in 1776.

New Orleans Bastille Day celebrations last a full week – July 9th to the 16th – and demonstrate the influence and connection the city has to French culture. The centerpiece of these events is the Bastille Day Fête at the New Orleans Museum of Art, a festival that has been called the “third best Bastille Day celebration in the world”!

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Attend the New Orleans French Film Festival 2016

June 6th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans French Film Festival 2016The New Orleans French Film Festival is an annual, seven-day long showcase of classic and contemporary French cinema presented in what is arguably the most French city in the United States – July 7th through the 14th, 2016.

New Orleans is a glorious amalgam of many cultures but one of the strongest threads, if not the strongest, is French in origin. From our city’s name – after the 17th century French Duke of Orléans – to one of our most popular neighborhoods – Le Vieux Carré, also known as the French Quarter – to the French infused cultures of both Cajun and Creole who are synonymous with the region, the Big Easy celebrates French culture in many ways.

Held every summer at the Prytania Theater in Uptown, the New Orleans French Film Festival brings both new and classic French films – or films with an undeniable French connection – to N’awlins for a week of celebratory screenings.

While the dates and times for screenings have yet to be released, this year’s list of films has been:

New Orleans French Film Festival 2016 Lineup

New Orleans French Film Festival 2016 - Francofonia

“Francofonia” from Writer/Director Aleksandr Sokurov

Black Girl (La Noire de…)
65 minutes – 1966
A young girl from Senegal becomes a servant in France.

Courts Métrages (Short Film Showcase)
90 minutes – 2015
Three short films: Don’t Speak About Love (Ne Parlez Pas D’Amour), Mother (Maman), and Breathe (Ses Souffles)

Diary of a Chambermaid (Journal d’Une Femme de Chambre)
95 minutes – 2015
A young chambermaid who has just arrived from Paris to work in the French countryside finds herself having to fend off her master’s advances, cope with his domineering wife, and a mysterious gardener.

Eat Your Bones (Mange Tes Morts)
94 minutes – 2014
Four young gypsies set off on a binge among the “gadjos” in search of a cargo of copper.

88 mintues – 2015
A history of the Louvre during the Nazi occupation and a meditation on the meaning and timelessness of art.

New Orleans French Film Festival 2016 - Eat Your Bones

Director Jean-Charles Hue’s “Eat Your Bones”

The Cowboys (Les Cowboys)
104 minutes – 2014
A father sets out to find his missing daughter with the help of his son.

My Golden Days (Trois Souvenirs de Ma Jeunesse)
123 minutes – 2015
A young man preparing to leave Tajikistan reflects back on the turbulence and joys of his adolescent years.

Summertime (La Belle Saison)
105 minutes – 2015
Carole and Delphine find lesbianism and feminism are not as simple at a rural family farm as it is in the city after they meet and fall in love.

The Innocents (Les Innocentes)
115 minutes – 2016
In 1945 Poland, a young Red Cross doctor discovers several nuns in advanced states of pregnancy during a visit to a nearby convent.

Valley of Love
91 minutes – 2015
An estranged couple answer a post-suicide invitation from their son to a strange appointment in Death Valley, California.

Young Tiger (Bébé Tigre)
87 minutes – 2014
The film follows an illegal worker during his day to day life.

With legendary filmmakers like François Truffaut, Jean Cocteau, Jean-Luc Godard, and Jean Renoir, to name just a few, it is no surprise French films have such a reputation for artistry, honesty, and beauty. The world’s most prestigious film festival, after all, is held in Cannes, France.

For those who can’t make it to the Cannes Film Festival, New Orleans French Film Festival is the next best thing – don’t miss it!

New Orleans French Film Festival

July 7-14, 2016
Prytania Theatre – 5339 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115
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Celebrate Summer with New Orleans June Festivals!

May 9th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans June Festivals

Known as the Festival Capital of the World for good reason, New Orleans always has a celebration of some kind just around the corner or going on right now! With dozens of festivals all year-long, it can be hard to decide which to attend. We’ve put together this guide to New Orleans June Festivals to help you make that decision.

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Opa! It’s New Orleans Greek Festival 2016

April 4th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Greek Festival 2016If you’re a fan of Greek food, drink, culture, and music, then you’ll want to head to Bayou St. John, Memorial Day weekend – May 27th through the 29th – for the 2016 annual New Orleans Greek Festival!

New Orleans is nothing, if not a melting pot of culture. As with many other groups, the Big Easy has long been home to a sizable Greek community. Every year, for the past 43 years, members of this colorful community have put together a festival celebrating one of the Western world’s oldest cultures: The New Orleans Greek Festival.

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Celebrate at Freret Street Festival 2016

March 11th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Freret Street Festival 2016New Orleans’ annual Freret Street Festival is a colorful start to New Orleans’ celebrated festival season, with live music on 3 stages, food & drink, and over 200 vendors: April 2, 2016 – 11am to 6pm.

Held the first Saturday, every April, Freret Street Festival celebrates the street’s lively culture. Considered a gem of the Uptown district, Freret Street is home to singular cocktail bars, eclectic boutiques and galleries, and to-die-for restaurants.

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New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016

March 1st, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans Spring Fiesta 2016The 80th anniversary of the annual New Orleans Spring Fiesta, March 5-6, 12-13, 2016, is an excellent opportunity to explore the interiors of 20 privately owned, historic New Orleans homes!

Begun in 1937 by the New Orleans Spring Fiesta Association, New Orleans Spring Fiesta is a multi-faceted event encompassing the first two weekends of March and celebrating the arrival of spring with a parade of horse-drawn carriages through the French Quarter, historic home tours, a special brunch at Antoine’s Restaurant, and presentation of the Spring Fiesta Queen and her court at Jackson Square.

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Hogs for the Cause 2016

February 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Hogs For The Cause 2016, April 1 -2Hogs for the Cause – April 1–2, 2016 – is two days of mouth watering BBQ and foot-stompin’ live music in New Orleans’ City Park, with all proceeds going towards the fight against pediatric brain cancer. Can it get any better?

Hogs for the Cause 2016, marks the 8th annual return of this popular charity barbecue competition and Americana music festival. Held in New Orleans’ City Park, Hogs for the Cause 2016 will once again bring out numerous, 6-person teams – more than 90 registered so far! – to compete in a variety of categories for the honor of being awarded the title of High on the Hog Grand Champion!

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Don’t Miss Buku Music + Art Project 2016

February 5th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Buku Music + Art Project 2016New Orleans’ Buku Music + Art Project, scheduled for March 11-12, 2016, takes its name from “beaucoup,” French for “plenty” – and that’s just what Buku Music + Art Project is: a two-day festival with plenty of live music, eye-popping art, amazing food, and much more.

Held on the New Orleans riverfront, Buku Music + Art Project celebrates pop culture and the New Orleans underground arts community. The festival features local and national acts performing EDM, hip-hop, and sub-genres of indie rock as well as visual artists from around the region and world, and outstanding New Orleans food vendors.

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New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon 2016

January 22nd, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

New Orleans' Rock 'n' Roll Marathon LogoThe New Orleans Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon (formerly the Mardi Gras Marathon), scheduled for February 28, 2016, is one of the most popular of the 800-plus marathons held around the world each year.

An annual event since 1965, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon draws thousands of participants and supporters to New Orleans from all over the world. Originally hosted by the New Orleans Track team as the independent Mardi Gras Marathon, the event was renamed when the Competitor Group took it over in 2010, adding it to their Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series.

Beyond the name and a few other organizational changes, the Mardi Gras / Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is still the same race it has always been: scheduled two weekends before Fat Tuesday, Mardi Gras themed, and including a 10K, a full marathon (26 mile 385 yard), and a half marathon.

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Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night

January 12th, 2016 by Corey A. Edwards

Mardi Gras and the Tradition of Twelfth Night - French Quarter at nightNew Orleans Carnival doesn’t kick off without it, yet it is the thread of an ancient practice only recently revived (if 1870 seems recent to you). What is the tradition Twelfth Night?

January 6th may seem like just another day to most folks out there: Christmas and New Year’s Day are passed, so the 6th of January is just another day to get on with. For the devout Christian, however, January 6th is the Feast of the Epiphany, marking the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas.

In New Orleans it is this as well – but also Twelfth Night: the start of Carnival.

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