Arnaudville and Jausiers, France (1995)
In the town of Arnaudville, located at the junction of Bayous Teche and Fuselier, “cultural economy” is not just a buzz phrase. In recent years, Arnaudville has become a haven for musicians, artists, dancers, writers, culinary adventurers, and champions of the French language. In fact, approximately four out of 10 residents speak French on a daily basis. Through a partnership with the French Consulate in New Orleans as well as with France, Canada, and Haiti, an exchange of ideas and business practices has enhanced the residents’ way of life and the economy of Arnaudville.
Visitors can experience this as well. In fact at NUNU Arts & Culture Collective, residents and visitors can enjoy breakfast at La Table Francaise on the last Saturday of each month, partake in a weekly quilting circle with other French speakers, or hear live Cajun music at the monthly potluck social.
Arnaudville hosts two annual events in the spring – Semaine de la Francophonie and the Etouffee’ Festival. While in the fall, visitors can hear local musicians at the Al Berard Music Festival, a concert that directly supports Acadiana’s musical culture by providing instruments, master teachers, and music scholarships to students of all ages.
Arnaudville is also home to Bayou Teche Brewing, a craft brewery featured on the Louisiana Brewery Trail. Here beers are crafted to complement cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles and are often named in French to help preserve the language. In fact, the microbrewery offers tours of the facility in both English and French, and host French bands every weekend in the dance hall, “The Turnip”.
The town’s Deux Bayous Cultural District, effective since October 2008, is a part of the Louisiana Cultural District (LCD) program.