The New Orleans Tricentennial : Cultural Calendar [fr]

New Orleans celebrates its 300th birthday honoring its rich culture and history with an extensive program of international events throughout 2018.
The New Orleans Tricentennial (NOLA2018) presents a fantastic opportunity to recognize the cultural and economic vitality of the city.


NOLA 2018 is the perfect occasion for us to solidify our influence in Louisiana and the southern United States. France has an eminent role to play in the upcoming celebrations, which offer an unique opportunity to strengthen Franco-American bilateral relations.

February 27 - May 27 2018: NEW ORLEANS, the Founding Era

- at The Historic New Orleans Collection

This major exhibition on the earliest years of the city’s history brings together numerous objects on lend from French, European, and American institutions.
For the first time, The Historic New Orleans Collection has created a bilingual edition of the companion catalogue, thanks to fundraising efforts of the Consul general with local French associations and businesses in Louisiana. The preface is signed by the French Ambassador in the United States, Gérard Araud.
The exhibition will be installed in a historic French Quarter building, recently renovated for the purpose.

March 8 - 11 2018– "Making New Orleans Home: A Tricentennial Symposium"

- at Tulane University, The Hotel Monteleone, Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans

The City of New Orleans and The Historic New Orleans Collection present a symposium featuring lectures and cultural programming throughout the city. The four-day event will explore the 300-year history of how New Orleans came to be inhabited by a diverse, vibrant population and how, in turn, the concept of home has been central to the life and culture of the city.
Comprising individual lectures and panel discussions, the symposium will be held at locations throughout the city, including Tulane University, the Hotel Monteleone, Xavier University, and the University of New Orleans. Additional evening events will take place at The Historic New Orleans Collection and the New Orleans Jazz Museum at the Old US Mint.

February 23 - March 8 2018 :21st New Orleans French Film Festival

- at the Prytania Theater

Since 1997, the New Orleans Film Society and the Consulate General of France have presented the only French film festival in the city. This long-standing collaboration draws ever-larger crowds of francophone cinephiles each year.
Although the festival normally takes place around Bastille Day, this year it has been scheduled for March during Louisiana’s "Mois de la Francophonie", allowing us to work with local universities while classes are still in session.
The festival will be followed by Festinema, a film festival for younger audiences organized by the Alliance Française of New Orleans with the participation of French immersion schools.
In the context of the Tricentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana, the program includes several short and full-length films created in Louisiana which explore the diversity of francophone culture in the state.

March 21- 25 2018 : 31st Tennessee Williams Literary Festival


Over the course of 5 days, this festival offers an educational, theatrical, literary, and musical line-up with over 130 writers, actors and musicians in honor of Tennessee Williams, who considered New Orleans his spiritual home. For the first time, francophone authors are expected to participate.

October 25 2018 - January 27 2019 : The Orleans Collection. Exposition of Philippe II, Duc d’Orléans’ art collection


at the New Orleans Museum of Art

For the first time in 250 years "The Orleans Collection" will present a legendary collection spanning centuries with artwork from France, The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, and the United States.
This exhibit will bring together over 50 works from the collection of the Duc d’Orléans showcasing its history, formation and dispersion with a special focus on the works of Raphaël, Le Titien, Véronèse, Le Corrège, Poussin, Rubens, and Rembrandt.
The companion catalogue includes new essays by internationally renowned specialists on the history and artistic style of the collection, as well as an annex of new interpretations and understandings from the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Françoise Mardrus, Director of the Research Center and Collections at the Louvre in Paris, Inge Reist, Director of The Frick Collection’s Center for the History of Collecting in New York, and Gail Feigenbaum, Associate Director of the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles are among the collaborators and consultants.

December 5 - 8 2018 : LUNA FETE, The Festival of Light in New Orleans


by the Arts Council New Orleans

A celebration at the intersection of art, architecture, technology, film, social participation, and tourism made possible with a desire to stimulate a collaboratory movement among multiple sectors.
A series of artistic illuminations inspired by the "Fête des Lumières" in Lyon, which welcomes the expertise of French video-mapping artists each year.

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