revised 07-21-2021



august 2021



La Semaine Acadienne XIV in Normandy, France

Aug 8-15 | Normandy, France

     This festival, held in seven different areas of Normandy, was created to pay homage to the Acadian soldiers who landed June 6, 1944, on the Normandy beaches. The festival culminates on August 15, the national holiday of the Acadians, joining like celebrations on this side of the Atlantic.



O.T.C.  (Offshore Technology Conference) 

Aug. 16-19 | Houston, TX

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






september 2021



UPDATE   Welcome Reception for UL International Students

Wednesday, Sep 8 | UL Alumni Center

      Annual welcome and orientation to Lafayette for arriving international students of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, co-hosted by City-Parish Mayor-President Josh Guillory 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 Division of Global Engagement.

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



Global Energy Show (formerly Global Petroleum Show)

Sep 21-23 | Calgary, Alberta, Canada

      Keeping pace with energy industry’s transition from a focus on fossil fuels to a diversified energy mix, the Global Petroleum Show changed its name to the Global Energy Show.  The Global Energy Show builds upon significant technological and sustainable achievements driven by oil and gas and moves to encompass alternative sources.  The Show is a platform where North American stakeholders, policy makers, key players and industry professionals convene under one roof.

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



2021 EXIM Bank Annual Conference

Sep 21-23 | virtual conference

      EXIM I an independent federal agency that fills gaps in private export financae in order to bolster U.S. job growth at no cost to American taxpayers. EXIM provides trade financing solutions—including export credit insurance, working capital guarantees, and guarantees of commercial loans to foreign buyers—to empower exporters of U.S. goods and services.

      Exhibiting at the 2021 EXIM Annual Conference will maximize your company’s exposure! The Virtual Exhibit Hall is an invaluable opportunity to netework and conduct businesss.

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



LAGCOE 2021 (Louisiana Gulf Coast Oil Exposition) International Trade Center

Postponed to 2022






october 2021



UPDATE   Latin Music Festival 2021  | sponsored by ACLA

Saturday, Oct. 2 | times TBD | 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. 

      For details, visit



Festivals Acadiens et Créoles

Oct. 8-10 | 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


French Mass at the Cathedral

Sunday, Oct. 10 | 9:00 AM | Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Lafayette, Louisiana

      Organized by Louisiane-Acadie, this Mass will be all in French, with the Most Reverend J. Douglas Deshotel, Bishop of Lafayette, presiding.

      Contact Dave Domingue for details.  (337) 291-5474; 



Shallow and Deepwater Expotrade show to Mexico

Oct 12-14 | Ciudad del Carmen, Campeche, Mexico. 

      An Offshore Oil and Gas Exhibition and Conference focused on knowledge and information sharing in the exploration, extraction and production of hydrocarbons 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.

      Lafayette International Center and Louisiana Economic Development are co-organizing a trade mission to the show with a delegation of Louisiana businesses.   

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



La Boule Cadienne de Lafayette 12th International Acadiana Pétanque Festival

Oct. 16-17  | in and around Lafayette, LA 

      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 October 16 & 17, in Girard Park, in Lafayette. Former World Champion Bernard Champey will attend the tournament. Jean-Yves Perronnet, National Technical Director of the French Pétanque Federation (FFPJP) will arrive later the following week. Both Bernard and Jean-Yves will conduct pétanque training classes in Lafayette, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Ville Platte, and Erath.

      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






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



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;  



UPDATE   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;  






january 2022



UPDATE   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   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.






october 2022



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