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Le Feu et l’Eau Rural Arts Celebration heats up

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Within the pool of spring festivals, the Arnaudville Fire and Water celebration shape shifts between house party and family gathering. Here you meet and become friends with the artists, musicians and artisans for who the celebration seeks to support.
Following the Semaine Francaise d’Arnaudville creative placemaking summit, Le Feu et l’Eau welcomes international participation this year with a performance by Haitian musician Jean Jean Roosevelt (jeanjeanroosevelt), and a Sunday open jam with the members of Festival International guest Lo’Jo. (Links: lo'jo, Kuwait interview).
In addition, merchants within Arnaudville host a special evening of downtown celebration and bayou luminaries. This extension in celebration location marks the return of Le Feu and l’Eau to the banks of bayous Teche and Fuselier.
Be sure to start at the beginning with participation in the 7 pm, Friday, April 15 Potluck social. Cost is contribution to the communal table. Come early and meet our blacksmiths, and line dance with the master, Byron Boudreaux. Then, stop by throughout the next two days, April 16-17, for participation in any of the many free performances and events. (Le Feu et l’Eau is supported by CODOFIL, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.)
Friday, April 15th
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective 10 am – 6 pm
Blacksmith Studio—6-10 pm Metalsmithing demonstrations by LAMA
Singleton Building—6-7 pm Line Dancing with Byron Boudreaux & Friends
Singleton Building—7-10 pm Potluck and music – admission contribution to table
Resonate Village—8-9 pm Fire dance presentation
Saturday, April 16th
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective 10 am – 6 pm
Music
Gallery Stage –10-11 am Gospel
Gallery Stage –11 am – noon Yorel Bana
Front Porch Stage —12-2 pm Youth Cajun Band
La Pataterie Stage—12-2 pm Haitian musician Jean Jean Roosevelt
Front Porch Stage—2-4 pm Hoochie Digs
La Pataterie Stage—2-4 pm Guillory, Burgess and Berard Trio
Gallery Stage –4-5:30 pm Lance Boston and friends
Arts & Crafts
Singleton Building NUNU Marketplace
Eco Park Marche des Arts
Blacksmith Studio Demonstrations by Louisiana Metalsmith Association (LAMA)
Element Pavilions Louisiana Gourd Society; Glass Blowing
Special Occurrences/Presentations
La Pataterie—9-11 am Heritage Tourism Presentation
La Pataterie –11 am –noon All about Haiti
Resonate Village –10 am Open House: Energy work, divinations and more
Resonate Village –2 pm Experiential Workshops: Qigong, creative movement/play 
Metalsmith Village—3 pm Art and Craft Auction
Resonate Village –4 pm Musical/drumming gathering: open participation
Blacksmith Studio-6 pm Iron smelting
Musical Promenade 5:30 pm
Fire & Water After Dusk
Arnaudville Downtown 6-10 pm
Drum Circle- 6-7 pm Russell’s Food Center – Corner Fuselier Road and Main Street
Poker Walk-6-8 pm First stop La Poste (shop painted purple next to Little Big Cup)
Jam Session-7-8 pm Tom’s Fiddle and Bow
Illuminaries-7:30 pm Les Deux Mondes, Front Street, along Bayou Teche
PW Winner-8:30 pm Bayou Warehouse Deck
Open Mic-8:30-10 pm Bayou Warehouse Deck
Fire & Water After Dusk celebrates the Grand Opening of Arnaudville’s newest store – La Poste, a francophone shopping world bazaar. La 31 provides beer samplings. Enjoy art, gifts, face painting, free popcorn, hair coloring fun, flowers, snacks and visit the info table to learn more about area offerings. Introduction of Acadiana Broadband “Arnaudville” free Wifi Hotspot.
Sunday, April 17th
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective 10 am – 6 pm
Music
Gallery Stage—11-1 Cuban music
La Pateterie- 11 am-‘til Lo’Jo members + 9, from France, open jam.
Gallery Stage—2-3 Margaret
La Pataterie –3-6 Music Jam
Arts & Crafts
Singleton Building NUNU Marketplace
Eco Park Marche des Arts
Blacksmith Studio Demonstrations by Louisiana Metalsmith Association
Element Pavilions Louisiana Gourd Society; Glass Blowing
Special Occurrences/Presentations
NUNU Complex—8 am La Vuelta Cycling Race and awards presentations
Atelier—Noon -1 pm Reception: Haitian Photographer Richarson Dorvil
Resonate Village –10 am Open House: Energy work, divinations and more
Blacksmith Studio-2 pm Iron doubloon pulling: Richard Delahoussaye
Resonate Village –2 pm Experiential Workshops: Qigong, creativemovement/play
Resonate Village –4 pm Musical/drumming gathering: open participation
NUNU Arts and Culture Collective is located at 1510 Courtableau Hwy. (La 93), Arnaudville, LA 70512

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