Creole Culture Day 2021!

Welcome to our annual Creole Culture Celebration!  This two-day event is focused on celebrating, demonstrating, and honoring Creole heritage in Acadiana and beyond!  This year’s theme is The Folklore of the Family, and we’ll be exploring the dynamic of family in Creole history and contemporary culture.  Both days are full of live music, great food, and a plethora of cultural exchanges throughout the Vermilionville Park.

Saturday, June 5th’s Schedule:

In Vermilionville’s Festival Area:

10:00 Opening Music with Randall Lee Jackson

10:30 Keynote Speaker- Dr. Angel Adams Parham

11:30 Nathan Wendte – “Creole” – a Louisiana Label in a Texas Context.

11:30 La Table Creole at L’ecole de Cuisine

12:00 Dr. Clint Bruce – Afro-Creole Poetry

12:30 Gospel Music Presentation with Sylvia Richard

1:00 My Creole Selfie Cultural Panel -Rev. Sylvia Cluse

1:00 Sweet Dough Pies Demonstration in the Cooking School

2 – 5:00 Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole

3:00 Sweet Dough Pie demonstration in the Cooking School

3:00 La Table Creole in the Pavilion over the Bayou Vermilion

 

 

Throughout the historic village 10am-4pm:

Visual Art – Vergie Banks

Storytelling with Patricia Cravins

Inventions by Creoles exhibit by CreoleInc

Creole Language Lessons with CreoleInc

Visual Arts- Dennis Paul Williams

Stories of The Creole Cowboy

Open Hearth Cooking

The Creole Garden and Foodways

Crafts

On the Buffet in Les Cuisine de Maman: Smothered Chicken and Red Beans

In the Performance Center: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya ($5) and Bread Pudding ($3)

Sunday June 6th’s Schedule:

 

In Vermilionville’s Performance Center:

10:00 Opening Music with Corey Ledet

10:30 Creole Language Panel

11:30 Catalon Cultural Award Video

12:00 The Creole Identity documentary project

12:00 La Table Creole at L’ecole de Cuisine

12:30 Broussard Sisters Juré Presentation

1:00 Student Presentation on Madame CJ Walker

1:00 Shrimp Creole demonstration with LA Greedy Girl

1:15 Creole Dance Presentations

1:30 Zydeco Dance Lessons with Mona Wilson

2:00 – 5:00 Corey Ledet Zydeco

3:00 Shrimp Creole cooking demonstration with LA Greedy Girl

3:00 La Table Creole at the Pavilion over the Bayou Vermilion

 

 

Throughout the historic village 10am-4pm:

The Creole Nutcracker & FIRE Studio

Inventions by Creoles exhibit with CreoleInc

Creole Language Lessons with Creole Inc.

Genealogy in South Louisiana – Alex Lee

The Creole Cowboy

Visual Arts- Dennis Paul Williams

Open Hearth Cooking

The Creole Garden and Foodways

Crafts

On the Buffet in Les Cuisine de Maman: Sausage Creole and Creole Brisket

In the Performance Center: Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya ($5) and Bread Pudding ($3)

 

Our Creole Culture Symposium is sponsored in part by the Lafayette Consolidated Government, the Acadiana Center for the Arts, the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival & Foundation, the Vermilionville Living History Museum Foundation Inc, and Creole Inc.

 

ABOUT THE BAYOU VERMILION DISTRICT

Since 1984, Bayou Vermilion District has worked to beautify, conserve, and manage sites along the Vermilion, ensuring the preservation and enhancement of the natural, cultural resources for its citizens. The Bayou Vermilion District’s mission focuses on the environment and the unique culture of Lafayette. On the cultural side of our mission, the Bayou Vermilion District opened the Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park as a way to increase appreciation for the history, culture, and natural resources of the Native Americans, Acadians, Creoles, and peoples of African descent in the Attakapas region through the end of the 1800s. Through historic interpretation and conservation along the Bayou Vermilion, we strive to educate guests on the interactions of these groups and the connections between past and contemporary folklife, thus empowering guests to apply these lessons from our shared histories. For more information, please visit www.bayouvermiliondistrict.org or Vermilionville.org.