revised 03-12-2019
march 2019
1st Annual Workshop on Water, Energy, Environment and Health Nexus  
Mar. 18-22 | Ponta Grossa, Paraná, Brazil
      A tri-national workshop given by the State University of Ponta Grossa, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University College London and the Water and Sanitation Company of Paraná.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
International Francophone Day
Mar. 20  |  Vermilionville, Lafayette, Louisiana
      In honor of the first International Day of La Francophonie with Louisiana as an observer member of the International Organization of La Francophonie, Vermilionville is proud to present an exceptional celebration.
From 5:00 PM - Franco Happy Hour
6:30 - 7:30 PM - Poetry readings with the Poet Laureate of Louisiana, Barry Jean Ancelet, and his guest poets.
7:30 – 9:00 PM – Viewing of the film, “Like the Boys”, subtitled in English. This is the story of the formation of the first women's football team in France.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette 11th Annual Pétanque tournament
Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 23-24 TBC  | Girard Park, Lafayette
      Pétanque is a French game with roots in ancient history. Similar to horseshoes and bocce ball, the game requires precision, finesse and a great deal of concentration that may not be apparent to the casual spectator. This popular lawn game is played throughout the world, both for fun and as serious competition.
      The local pétanque club is a group of people who share a love of the outdoors, good conversation, and a healthy appetite for fun. They play on a regular monthly schedule, but also whenever the weather is nice and the mood strikes. They are affiliated with Alliance Française de Lafayette, whose mission it is to promote the French language, so they frequently do their socializing in French. They play as a club every fourth Sunday of the month from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, meeting at the public pétanque courts in Girard Park. The courts are located in the northeast corner of the park, across from the rear of the UL Alumni Center. Parking is conveniently located along the one-way street behind the center. Beginners are most welcome.
      For details, contact Mike LeBlanc at 654-9467 or , or visit
Shallow and Deepwater Expo—trade show to Mexico
Mar. 26-28 | Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico.
      Shallow & Deepwater Mexico will address exploratory perspectives, operations and services in the Gulf of Mexico. Industry professionals will meet with the Louisiana delegation and share their knowledge, experience, and ideas to improve the profitability of shallow and deepwater projects in the Gulf of Mexico.  
      Contact Vanessa Paredes for details, 291-5487 or
Lafayette Holi Festival  
Saturday, Mar. 30 | 11:00 AM Girard Park, Lafayette, Louisiana
      In India, the Holi Festival is the festival of colors. For decades the members of the Acadiana Indian Association celebrated the festival in their backyards, but since 2011, they have brought it to the community. Hosted each year by the Association, the festival is held each year on the last Saturday in March. The celebration is held to signify the victory of good over evil and the arrival of spring.
      The festival is free to attend and open to all ages, with bags of colors available for purchase. It features the iconic throw of color powders, live music, dance performances, water balloons, food, drinks, and more.
      For details, visit or see also
april 2019
Festival International de Louisiane
Apr. 24-28 |  Downtown Lafayette, Louisiana
      Festival International de Louisiane is the largest International music and arts festival in the United States with a special emphasis on the connection between Acadiana and the Francophone world, having an estimated economic impact of $49m annually. With over 300,000 festival-goers every year, this annual festival features musical artists from over 20 countries along with workshops, exhibits, visual art, theater and other forms of performance arts. The 5-day festival is held in April transforming downtown Lafayette, Louisiana into an entertainment mecca.
      For details, visit
International Achievement Award Ceremony
Apr. 25 | Jefferson Street Pub | Lafayette, Louisiana
      Established in 1998, the Award is presented annually to honor an individual, organization or company that has significantly enhanced Acadiana’s international reputation. Primary consideration is accorded to individuals whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area. By invitation.
      Contact Roxsan Godeaux for details, 291-5474 or
may 2019
OTC (Offshore Technology Conference)
May 6-9 | NRG Park, Houston, Texas
      Taking place annually since 1969, the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) draws together energy professionals to exchange ideas and opinions to advance scientific and technical knowledge for offshore resources and environmental matters. OTC’s flagship conference is held annually at NRG Park (formerly Reliant Park) in Houston.
      OTC has expanded technically and globally with the Arctic Technology Conference, OTC Brazil and OTC Asia. The conference features international pavilions, outdoor exhibits, technical presentations, topical breakfast and luncheons, and panel sessions. OTC is sponsored by 13 industry organizations and societies, who work cooperatively to develop the technical program.
      Contact Vanessa Paredes for details, 337-291-5487;
june 2019
Global Petroleum Show (GPS)
Jun. 11 – 13 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada
      This three-day Canadian event is one of the largest oil and gas events in North America. Alberta is Canada’s largest oil and natural gas producer and is home to vast oil sands deposits. Calgary is the epicenter of the energy industry in Canada with head offices of every major company in the upstream, midstream and downstream sectors located in the city. During these three days, over 100 experts will speak at various conference sessions during the week and more than 1000 companies are participating in the exhibition.
     The U.S. Department of Commerce pavilion includes about two dozen booths, highlighted by booths from the states of West Virginia and Louisiana. Vanessa Paredes, of the Lafayette International Center, will be leading the Louisiana delegation, along with Louisiana Economic Development (LED). She will also be prospecting for trade leads and promoting LAGCOE.
      Contact Vanessa Paredes for details, 337-291-5487;
july 2019
International Summer School Vertech City 2019 – on sustainable cities (ISS-VERTECH)
Jul. 13-20 | Namur, Belgium
      In 2017, the VERTECH network launched an international summer school on environmental, socio-economic and socio-entrepreneurial issues related to sustainable urbanism. Green technologies, eco-industrial parks, smart cities, sustainable transport, urban agriculture, waste management, water treatment, and sustainable chemistry are among the themes discussed during the school.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 291-5474 or
TBD | Namur, Belgium
      The VERTECH network (formerly SESAME) is a group of medium-sized cities with novel initiatives in sustainable development (Poitiers, France; Lafayette, Louisiana, USA; Namur, Belgium; and Victoriaville, Québec, Canada). The network examines global and durable solutions and facilitates the development of collaborations.
       VERTECH organizes activities for networking and exchanging ideas between delegations from each member city with municipal actors, local businesses, institutions and research centers. The network organizes the VERTECH symposium and the international student competition VERTECH CITYevery one or two years, and also initiates international research and innovation projects.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;
august 2019
Acadian World Congress 2019 (Congrès Mondial Acadien 2019)
Aug. 10-29 | Prince Edward Island and southeast New Brunswick, Canada
      The World Acadian Congress is a festival of Acadian and Cajun culture and history, held every five years. The sixth edition of Congrès Mondial Acadien will promote a contemporary Acadie in both its urban and rural life. It will allow its young people to express their Acadian pride through interactions with other generations and will continue to develop its sustainable links between southeastern New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.
Reseau des Villes Francophones & Francophiles d’Amérique (RVFFA)
Aug.15-17 | Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada
      The Network of Francophone and Francophile Cities in America co-sponsored by founding member cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec gathers to discuss the development of tourist trails in North America and other issues.
    The Network is generating excitement across the continent. It has more than 140 member cities, with this number growing, and brings together on a single platform the tourist, geographical and historical attractions of major cities in French-speaking North America. Eventually, the alliance of these cities will create tours for travelers from around the world.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
Economic Forum—Working Together for Greater Prosperity
Aug.21-22 | Moncton & Dieppe, New Brunswick, Canada
      This economic forum, piloted by RDÉE NB (New Brunswick Economic Development and Employability Network) in collaboration with RDÉE IPE (Prince Edward Island), will be held on August 21 and 22 in the Moncton/Dieppe region, during the Acadian World Congress.
      The event will provide participants with an unparalleled business opportunity, promoting the establishment of partnerships and alliances between Francophone entrepreneurs from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and other provinces or countries participating in the CMA 2019. The objective of the two-day summit is to increase trade between provinces and countries, promote business matchmaking, and strengthen French as a language of business.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;
september 2019
Fêtes de Wallonie
Sept. 8-23 | Namur, Belgium
      Since 1923, these festivals have celebrated patriotism and pride in the French-speaking Walloon region of Belgium.  While these celebrations take place in many areas in this southern region of the country, they are particularly successful in Lafayette’s sister city of Namur, where more than 250,000 people gravitate during the weekend. Several days of street performances, a battle of the famous “Echasseurs” stilt-walkers, performances of folklore singers and dancers, and programming aimed at visitors of all ages, with all of downtown Namur turned into a pedestrian fair.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;
Acadiana Cup Golf Exchange 2019    The 21st annual tournament.
TBD | Namur, Belgium
      The Acadiana Cup golf tournament was created in 1998, in Lafayette, Louisiana, in a spirit of friendly competition between Lafayette and her sister city of Poitiers, France. In the five years that followed, players were added from Namur (Belgium), Moncton (New Brunswick, Canada), Nîmes (France) and Prince Edward Island (Canada). Hosting the tournament rotates among the member cities, with the location alternating between North America and Europe.
      Contact Buddy Guillory for details,
october 2019
Latin Music Festival 2019 —17th Festival
Saturday, Oct. 6 | 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM | Parc International, downtown Lafayette
      This Festival is organized and presented by the Asociación Cultural Latino-Acadiana (ACLA), a volunteer organization at the service of the Acadiana community in general and its Latin American members in particular. ACLA offers the free, family-friendly Latin Music Festival and other programs to promote multiculturalism and preserve Latin heritage. Their objective is to promote among its members and their families the fundamental values of our community: GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS, while preserving our heritage.
      They work to assist all immigrants of Latin descent residing in Acadiana, regardless of place of origin and religion, to orient and make them aware of existing resources; facilitate learning the language, their obligations and rights; facilitate educational, employment and business opportunities, as well as the procurement of services; so as to developing responsible and productive community members. 
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Oct. 10-13 | Girard Park, Lafayette, Louisiana
      The first Tribute to Cajun Music in 1974 took Cajun and Creole music out of the dancehalls and onto a concert stage at Blackham Coliseum. Forty-three years later, the tribute has grown into a three-day celebration of music, food, art, crafts, museum exhibits, symposiums, film screenings and more. The celebration is a giant among Lafayette’s festivals, attracting people of all ages, of many different nationalities from all over the world. Admission is free.
      For details, visit
LAGCOE 2019 (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) International Trade Center
Oct. 9-11 | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, Louisiana 
      LAGCOE is a nonprofit energy industry organization focused on educational programs and a technical exposition & conference. LAGCOE’s mission is to cultivate economic growth of the energy industry by facilitating domestic & global business development and fostering the energy workforce pipeline. LAGCOE’s vision is to be a robust, sustainable community of energy companies and volunteers that promotes energy education and awareness; connects businesses with opportunities; and showcases the Gulf Coast’s technical innovations to the world.
      Every two years, LAGCOE hosts an exposition featuring the latest in equipment and technology, welcoming to Lafayette thousands from the oil and gas industry, from dozens of countries.
      Contact Vanessa Paredes for details, 337-291-5487;
november 2019
39th General Assembly of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF)
Dates TBD | Phnom Penh, Cambodia
      This network of elected officials from francophone cities worldwide will meet to discuss topics of interest related to economic and cultural development.  The theme of the General Assembly has yet to be announced.
      Contact: Robert Melanson for details.  337-291-5474
august 2020
Reseau des Villes Francophones & Francophiles d’Amérique (RVFFA)
TBA | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
      The Network of Francophone and Francophile Cities in America co-sponsored by founding member cities of Lafayette, Moncton and Québec gathers to discuss the development of tourist trails in North America and other issues.
    The Network is generating excitement across the continent. It has more than 140 member cities, with this number growing, and brings together on a single platform the tourist, geographical and historical attractions of major cities in French-speaking North America. Eventually, the alliance of these cities will create tours for travelers from around the world.
     Contact Robert Melanson for details, 337-291-5474;




International Achievement Award

The International Achievement Award was created in 1998, and is presented by the Lafayette International Center and its advisory board, the Lafayette International Center Foundation. It is designed to honor an individual, organization or company that has significantly enhanced Acadiana’s international reputation. Each nominee must be a United States citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, with preference given to residents of Acadiana or residents of Louisiana. As the Lafayette  International Center is a trade development organization, primary consideration is accorded to individuals whose activities have helped draw economic benefits to the Lafayette area.
Seminar Series
The Lafayette International Center conducts an on-going series of seminars throughout the year, geared to the needs of internationally active companies and entrepreneurs. Past seminars have included: “International Sales and Distribution Agreements" with Mr. Patrick Fazzone, "The Laws of International Trade" with Mr. Alan Beard, "How to do Business with PEMEX", "The Secrets of Successful Trade Financing” and the "Import/Export Seminar."
International Trade Club Series
The International Trade Club has no membership fees or dues, is open to anyone interested in topics related to the global marketplace, and meets at different times and locations for a breakfast, lunch or late afternoon presentation. Recent presentations have included: "Business Opportunities: Macaé & Campos Basin" and "Brazil & Opportunities for the Oil & Gas Industry in UAE, Azerbaijan & Venezuela."
Trade Missions
The Lafayette International Center sponsors trade missions in conjunction with international trade and economic development agencies from throughout Louisiana. Recent trade missions included the XV Latin American Petroleum Show in Maracaibo, Venezuela and Port of Spain, Trinidad, the Rio Oil and Gas Expo & Conference, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and the Acadiana Cup golf exchange held in Lafayette and various cities of Belgium, Canada, France and Spain.