CREATIVE ACADIANA | Special Festival International Panel Discussion: Cultural Appreciation vs. Appropriation

  • April 28, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts

    101 West Vermilion Street
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
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Festival International Special Conversation - Cultural Appreciation vs Appropriation

Panel discussion moderated by Elliot Wade (The Current) with special guest, Ngaiire, a Papua New Guinean born, Australian artist, plus other cultural leaders and artists including Ashlee Michot, Malentina, Nokosee Fields and Erica Fox. 

Join us in this safe space to talk about how to bring awareness to different cultures and artistic practices with respect and care.


Thanks to the Atchafalaya Natural Heritage Area for making this discussion possible.


About Elliot Wade:


Elliot was born and raised in Cecilia, Louisiana. He earned a B.A. in English at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, working as a columnist and news writer for The Vermillion. He's since gone on to join the Current as their Community Reporter. A fervent advocate for LGBT rights, he has volunteered for Louisiana Trans Advocates since 2015, joining the organization at 17. He founded Nom Noir, a name change fund for black trans Louisianans. He enjoys the natural world, good food and passing a good time.


About Ngaiire:


A Papua New Guinea-born Australian-based R&B and future soul singer-songwriter, Ngaiire’s musical career commenced in 2003 with an enrollment in a bachelor of Jazz Studies at the Central Queensland University. Ngaiire’s debut studio album, Lamentations, was released in July 2013 and her second album, Blastoma, was released in June 2016. Her third album, 3, was released in August 2021. In 2018 APRA AMCOS appointed Ngaiire as an ambassador.

Please also join us for a performance by Ngaiire the Thursday evening before, April 27th at Acadiana Center for the Arts

Date & Time

Fri, Apr 28, 2023 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Venue Details

Acadiana Center for the Arts

101 West Vermilion Street
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501 Acadiana Center for the Arts
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.  

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.  

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.

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