revised 10-25-2021




NOVember 2021




ADIPEC (Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference)   

Nov. 15-18  | Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

      The Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference (ADIPEC) is one of the world’s most influential events for the oil and gas industry. As a premium exhibition platform, ADIPEC enables professionals from around the world to do business and grow.

      Each year, ADIPEC provides one of the most important channels to do business and exchange information, attracting Energy Ministers, global CEO’s and leading decision makers across the 4 days of business discussions and knowledge exchange.

      ADIPEC covers a cross section of the industry and is committed to help the growing international energy community bridge gaps by bringing oil and gas professionals face to face. From C-level, senior decision makers, government leaders, engineers and procurement experts with sole or joint purchasing authority, the whole supply chain meet to showcase and discuss new technologies and business opportunities.

      For more details and to register visit:








december 2021




International Workboat Show 2021

Dec. 1-3 | Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

   The International WorkBoat Show is a trade-only conference and expo for commercial vessel owners, operators and builders as well as the vendors and suppliers that serve them.

      Contact Christophe Pilut for details.  (337) 291-5474;  




General Assembly of the Association of Francophone Prefects and State-level Representatives (APREF)

Dec. 9-10 | Namur, Belgium

      APREF is an association within the IOF. Its mission is to provide a forum for Prefects and other State-level government representatives to benefit from sharing concerns and administrative practices. 

      The theme of this year’s forum will be "The state representative, agent of social cohesion: between coordination of public order, mediation and mobilization." Of particular interest will Round Table n°3: "The rebuilding of social cohesion after a crisis situation," for which the organizers are asking that the experience of Lafayette and Louisiana be shared.

      Contact Christophe Pilut for details.  (337) 291-5474;  








january 2022




Cinema on the Bayou

Jan. 26 – Feb. 2 | Lafayette and Opelousas, various venues 

     Located in the heart of Cajun country, the annual eight-day Cinema on the Bayou Film Festival is an international, juried film festival dedicated to presenting narrative, documentary, animated and experimental films and filmmakers with truly original voices in one of the friendliest, most unique cultures in the world. COTB is also committed to promoting both established and emerging filmmakers and the relationship building that is crucial to their continued work.

     For details, visit








march 2022




UPDATE   Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Mar. 18-20 | 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



La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette International Acadiana Pétanque Festival


      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 International Pétanque Tournament will take place March 20-22, in Girard Park, in Lafayette. Both before and after the tournament, Festival organizers and participants will  take part in a number of educational and social events in and around Lafayette to promote the sport. Former world champions will be taking part.

      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 and a full schedule of this year’s events, contact Mike LeBlanc at 337-654-9467 or , or visit



Worldwide Francophonie Day celebrating French language and culture

Sunday, Mar. 20 | Created in 1988, to celebrate a commitment to not only the French language and the rich and diverse francophone culture but also the values of peace, democracy and respect for human rights that unite all members of the International Organization of La Francophonie.








april 2022




Festival International de Louisiane

UPDATE   Apr. 27-May 1 |  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








may 2022




UPDATE   Festival de Musique Cajun & Zydeco de Pontchartrain

May 27-29 | Pontchartrain, France; Various French and Louisiana groups will present Cajun and Zydeco music and dance of Lafayette and Acadiana








october 2022




Latin Music Festival 2022


      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. 

      For details, visit




LAGCOE 2022 (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) International Trade Center


      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. Please come and visit us at the International Trade Center.

      Contact Christophe Pilut for details, (337) 291-5474; or visit




Acadiana Cup Golf Exchange 2022    The 22nd annual tournament.

Oct. 9-22 |  Lafayette, Louisiana

      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.

      The Lafayette team will host the 2022 tournament, which will be held in Lafayette for the first time in twelve years.

      Contact Bob Hardy for details,  









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.



The Lafayette International Center
735 Jefferson Street
Lafayette, LA 70501
Tel: 1-337-291-5474
Fax: 1-337-291-5480