Festival International de Louisiane recently announced the 2008 line-up for the Louisiana International Music Exchange (LIME), which showcases a broad spectrum of music genre’s such as Blues, Cajun, Zydeco, Louisiana Roots Rock, Folk, Swamp Pop, Jazz/Swing and Gospel.This year’s festival will include performances by the Blind Boys of Alabama with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band Horns, Burning Spear, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Babylon Circus, Habib Koïte, and The Duhks.
This past September, LIME, an expo-style event, was selected by the American Bus Association as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2008, not only for the great entertainment it provides, but also for fulfilling its goal of creating jobs and opportunities in Louisiana. Festival International is part of an elite group of events, hand-picked from hundreds of events nominated by state and provincial tourism professionals, and convention and visitor associations across the United States and Canada.
“We are honored to be selected as one of the 2008 Top 100 Events,” said Dana Cañedo, Executive Director of Festival International de Louisiane. “This award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone throughout the Festival organization and the community. The economic impact of Festival International can be seen throughout Acadiana, and to be honored as a Top 100 Event is exciting.”
The idea initially arose as a response to Louisiana Lt. Gov. Mitch Landrieu's appeal to institutions across the state to look for new and innovative ways to boost Louisiana's cultural economy. LIME was the first to answer this call, using Festival International as the setting for interaction between the musicians of Acadiana and a bevy of presenters, agents and labels.
The Louisiana International Music Exchange, not only forms a network between artists and presenters but increases economic wealth of Louisiana by creating jobs and futures and capitalizing on the state's largest cultural export…music. And LIME is making an impact. In years past, a host of agents and music presenters attended the exchange, attracted by the Festival's offer of reduced hotel rates, free transportation and VIP access to the Festival and to all artists.
“The Louisiana International Music Exchange is equal parts booking opportunity and learning experience. From the roots to the branches of Louisiana music – it is all there in one room,” says Garth Ross, Director of Performing Arts for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington D.C.). LIME is directly responsible for bookings of Louisiana musicians at venues that include the Lincoln Center Music Festival (Washington D.C.), World Music Institute (New York) and Marabi Productions/Musiques-Metisses Festival (France).
For the full schedule and performer biographies, visit the Festival International de Louisiane’s website at www.festivalinternational.com on or after February 7, 2008.