Photos of five bands at taping sessions for 2020 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Virtual Edition
This collection includes photos of five bands taken during sessions at which videographers taped 20-minute segments for 2020 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles Virtual Edition, which streamed online Oct. 16, 17, and 18. Videos of the streaming content for all three days are available at www.festivalsacadiens.com/festv/..
The virtual festival was originally planned to include live performances streaming the preceding weekend, but the arrival of Hurricane Delta in Southwest Louisiana that weekend forced a change in plans. Go to www.festivalsacadiens.com/music-and-events/lineup/ for the revised schedule of performances that streamed Oct. 17-18 (available until a new 2021 schedule is posted).
For information on all activities at the festival, go to www.festivalsacadiens.com/.
I watched the Virtual Edition online all three days. It was truly impressive: excellent musical performances with well executed videography and crisp, full sound quality, additional videos with footage from past festivals, a history of the festival narrated by Zachary Richard, testimonials about the festivals from both musicians and festival-goers, brief cooking segments, a little French vocabulary from CODOFIL, promotional spots for Louisiana crafts. It was both highly entertaining and informative. Nothing can really come close to replacing actually being there in person, but the Virtual Edition certainly offered a rich, engaging experience that made past festival-goers really eager to return to Girard Park next fall. I'm also sure those who watched the Virtual Edition but have never been to Festivals Acadiens et Créoles now have an intense envie to travel to Louisiana for the festival next year.
For more information, go to www.festivalsacadiens.com/.
As for me, I certainly appreciated the opportunity to take photographs at five festival taping sessions, the first time I've picked up my camera since the pandemic was declared in March. I don't expect to be venturing out again much until a vaccine is available. I'm looking forward to being able to use my camera without wearing a mask. My glasses fog up when I have a mask on. While I can see what I'm shooting through the camera viewfinder without glasses, my close-up vision is blurry without glasses, so I can't check the camera display screen to verify that I have the shot I want.
For a listing of Cajun and Zydeco bands and Mardi Gras photos included on these Flickr pages, go to www.cajunzydecophotos.com or www.cajunzydecophotos.com/mobile.