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. All year long visitors can find entertainment at Bayou Teche Brewing. The brewery features Cajun and zydeco music bands every Saturday and jam session on Sundays.
Bayou Teche Brewing is a craft brewery featured on the Louisiana Brewery Trail. This micro-brewery crafts recipes to complement the cuisine and lifestyle of Cajuns and Creoles and often name their beers in French to help preserve the native language. In fact, Bayou Teche Brewing even offers tours of the facility in both English and French.
The town’s Deux Bayous Cultural District, effective since October 2008, is a part of the Louisiana Cultural District (LCD) program.