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Cultural Hertiage Expressions Throughout 2016 Zydeco Season

Creole Zydeco Dance: Performed on 1600 square feet of wooden dance floor in front of Main Stage.

  • Creole Culture @ Best
  • Zydeco Dance Hall Style
  • History of the Music & Style of Dancing 

Creole Zydeco Storytelling : Creole Heritage Culture & Interpretative Center- Mrs. Rebecca Henry @ 337-945-5064 or 2009 Zydeco Queen Sandra Davis hosted on Festival Grounds

  • Traditional Storytelling
  • Jure', African-American/Afro Caribbean Vocal in French Creole
  • Traditional vs. Modern Zydeco/Creole Music Workshop


THE HERITAGE CREOLE CULTURAL: Opelousas, LA. is the Zydeco Capital of the World and Where you can find Zydeco /Creole Culture in every form throughout 2016 Zydeco Season starting August 3rd media kick-off and concluding on Festival Grounds on September 3, 2016. See City of Opelousas Tourism. Le Vieux Village www.cityofopelousas.com  


Moderated and focus on two areas; the changing sound of Zydeco dance hall music through the years and the various styles of Zydeco dance throughout those same years as well. A featured artist present a demonstrate of the different styles of dance hall music. Featured dancers will demonstrate how Zydeco dance has evolved to what it is today. Festival Main Stage September 3rd Zydeco Park or Teaching & Lessons contact Mr. Carolyn Spivey Zydeco Ballar's Director@ 337-278-8495



Take a look, a hard look at Zydeco music of yesterday and today. Explore some of the insights into the direction that today's music may be going.The host opens a discussion about the types of music that people wanted to hear. Radio provides the discussion the facts that influenced them through the years as Zydeco music was evolving, noting that what we consider "traditional" music today was, in fact, new music years ago. Another featured discussion about the current influence to the younger generation of Zydeco musicians.


Jure' is an African-American/Afro-Caribbean vocal tradition, sung in Creole French and English, accompanied only by hand-clapping and foot stomping for rhythmic reinforcement. These performance are a family traditional style of jure' which they call "Jure' My Lord." This is call and response style of singing, consisting of religious and secular shouts, and was practiced most often during the Lenten season when musical instruments and dancing were not allowed.


Using a combination of traditional storytelling and modern theatrical methods, this workshop will focus on the teaching of traditional folkways through storytelling, and how this art form has been passed down among families through the years.  The knowledge of learning the art of storytelling is a French language from her grandmother tradition.
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