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LAFAYETTE  INTERNATIONAL
CENTER  CALENDAR
 
 
 revised 7-11-2018
 
 
september 2018
 
 
Fêtes de Wallonie
Sept. 9-18 | 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;  clpilut@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
LEDA Education Session: Quality Management for Businesses
      The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) has partnered with Acadiana allies to host a series of education sessions for businesses to learn about programs, resources, and tools to start, grow or relocate in the area. These sessions are open to area businesses of any size and industry sector.
      Acadiana Ally organizations include Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Lafayette International Center (LIC), Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of Louisiana), Opportunity Machine (OM), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
      September topic: Quality Management for Businesses
Thursday, Sep. 20 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM | LEDA Conference Room (211 East Devalcourt Street, Lafayette)
      Contact Mark D. Mouton for details, 337-593-1400markm@lafayette.org
  
 
 
 
 
october 2018
 
 
Latin Music Festival 2018 —18th 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. 
      Contact Vanessa Paredes for details, 337-291-5487;  vparedes@LafayetteLA.gov
 
 
Festivals Acadiens et Créoles
Oct. 11-14 | 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 http://www.festivalsacadiens.com/info/
 
 
 
Franco-Fête 2018 Fundraising luncheon for scholarship program of CODOFIL
Sunday, Oct. 14 | 11:30 AM | City Club at River Ranch
      Each year, Franco-Fête raises funds to support French education in Louisiana, especially through La Fondation Louisiane’s “Escadrille Louisiane” scholarship program which allows dozens of Louisiana students to study in France (Brittany, Martinique, and Guadeloupe), before pursuing their careers as teachers in immersion schools across the State.       
      The program this year will also feature the presentation of the “Marquis de La Fayette 2018” award to Louisiana Senator Eric LaFleur for his many years of public service and his strong support of French language programs and the mission of CODOFIL.  Also in attendance will be Vincent Sciama, Consul General of France in New Orleans, together with numerous CODOFIL partners, Louisiana senators and representatives, local elected officials, entrepreneurs, university professors
and other Louisiana officials.
      Contact Dave Domingue for details, 337-291-5492; dadomingue@LafayetteLA.gov  
 
 
LEDA Education Session: Understanding Procurement Opportunities for Businesses: Local, State, and Federal
      The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) has partnered with Acadiana allies to host a series of education sessions for businesses to learn about programs, resources, and tools to start, grow or relocate in the area. These sessions are open to area businesses of any size and industry sector.
      Acadiana Ally organizations include Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Lafayette International Center (LIC), Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of Louisiana), Opportunity Machine (OM), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
      October topic: Understanding Procurement Opportunities for Businesses: Local, State, and Federal
Thursday, Oct. 18 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM | LEDA Conference Room (211 East Devalcourt Street, Lafayette)
      Contact Mark D. Mouton for details, 337-593-1400markm@lafayette.org
  
 
 
 
 
november 2018
 
 
LEDA Education Session: Understanding International Trade – Imports and Exports
      The Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA) has partnered with Acadiana allies to host a series of education sessions for businesses to learn about programs, resources, and tools to start, grow or relocate in the area. These sessions are open to area businesses of any size and industry sector.
      Acadiana Ally organizations include Lafayette Economic Development Authority (LEDA), Lafayette International Center (LIC), Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), Manufacturing Extension Partnership of Louisiana (MEP of Louisiana), Opportunity Machine (OM), Small Business Development Center (SBDC), and Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC).
      November topic: Understanding International Trade – Imports and Exports
Thursday, Nov. 15 | 8:30 – 10:30 AM | LEDA Conference Room (211 East Devalcourt Street, Lafayette)
      Contact Mark D. Mouton for details, 337-593-1400markm@lafayette.org   
  
 
 
 
 
february 2019
 
 
Delegation from Belgium – a possible mission to Louisiana to work out details concerning Louisiana’s role as Guest of Honor for the 2019 Fêtes de Wallonie.
TBC |
      Contact Robert Melanson for details, 291-5474 or RAMelanson@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
 
 
 
march 2019
 
 
South-by-Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals
Mar. 8-17 | Austin, Texas   
      The SXSW Festivals offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of the Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy industries, with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases. The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. In addition to providing a platform for the most groundbreaking and diverse panels, sessions, and festivals, SXSW hosts many different world-class exhibitions.
      SXSW goes even further with the SXSW Trade Show, Spotlights, and Gaming Expo. Exhibitions such as Job Market, Flatstock, SXSW Marketplace, SXSW Wellness Expo, and SouthBites are free and open to the public with a SXSW Guest Pass.
      For details, visit https://www.sxsw.com/
  
 
2019 Robideaux Report
Thursday, Mar. 14 |  Heymann Center for the Performing Arts, Lafayette, Louisiana  
      The Mayor-President's annual address highlighting his administration's work during the previous year, also speaking to the challenges and opportunities faced by Lafayette as a city and a parish. In previous reports, the Mayor-President shared his vision for accelerating the diversification of our economy by, in particular, leveraging our distinctive existing cultural and creative assets to attract visitors, businesses and capital from around the world.
      The Annual Address is followed by a special “Showcase of Culture” featuring a rich sampling of our cultural and creative assets, showcasing great food and beverages, sights, sounds and ideas.
      For details, visit https://www.robideauxreport.com/
 
 
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 mike@inkbox.com , or visit http://www.usapetanque.org/la-boule-cadienne-de-lafayette.html  
  
 
 
 
 
april 2019
 
 
French Week in Arnaudville: “La Semaine de la Francophonie”
TBD |  NuNu Arts and Culture Collective, 1510 Courtableu Highway, Arnaudville, Louisiana
       A project that began in January, 2012, this is a social-and-culture-based strategy to stimulate economic development using artists and their innate creativity. The strategy has included cultural exchanges; the Arnaudville-St. Gravé collaborative brewing of a new beer; a traveling exhibition; a Creative Placemaking summit for project generation; and regional expansion that partners, unites, supports and celebrates Francophone authenticity while building on ongoing community projects
  
 
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 https://festivalinternational.org/information/  
  
 
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 ragodeaux@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
VERTECH Consortium Conference
TBD |  Villahermosa, Tabasco, Mexico
      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.
      Recently, the 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, 337-291-5474;  clpilut@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
 
 
 
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;  vparedes@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
Farewell Reception for UL International Students
TBD | UL Alumni Center
      Annual farewell given to graduating international students  of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie and City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux. Graduating students are invested as Goodwill Ambassadors representing Lafayette, and an Outstanding International Alumnus is recognized, followed by a reception. A joint project of the UL Office of International Affairs, the UL Alumni Association, the LCG Mayor-President’s Office, the Lafayette International Center, and the UL Lafayette President’s Office.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;  clpilut@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
 
 
 
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; vparedes@LafayetteLA.gov
 
 
 
 
 
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;  RAMelanson@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
Welcome Reception for UL International Students
TBD |  4:30 PM | Lafayette City Hall Auditorium and Atrium
      Annual welcome and orientation to Lafayette for arriving international students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by City-Parish Mayor-President Joel Robideaux and UL Lafayette President Dr. Joseph Savoie. Reception following. A joint project of the LCG Mayor-President’s Office, the Lafayette International Center, the UL Lafayette President’s Office; and the UL Office of International Affairs.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;  clpilut@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
 
 
 
september 2019
 
 
Fêtes de Wallonie
Mid-Sept. | 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.
      Louisiana will be the Guest of Honor at the 2019 Fêtes de Wallonie, and large turnouts from Louisiana cities and towns twinned with those in Wallonia are expect.
      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, 337-291-5474;  clpilut@LafayetteLA.gov
  
 
 
 
 
october 2019
 
 
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 http://www.festivalsacadiens.com/info/
 
 
LAGCOE 2019 (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) International Trade Center
Oct. 22-24 |  Cajundome 
      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;  vparedes@LafayetteLA.gov
 
 
 
 
 
 
  

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.

 

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