Lafayette has been chosen as the site for the 2018 Music Cities Convention, which is the largest and most extensive gathering on Music Cities.
The conference, set for Oct. 11-12, 2018, is staged by Sound Diplomacy, a global music cities advisory agency. Lafayette will be the second of two conventions held in 2018. The first convention in April will be held in Melbourne, Australia.
“It’s an amazing privilege to be welcomed to Lafayette for this edition of Music Cities Convention. It’s important that diversity of opinions, people, genres and beliefs are front and center in the debate around music’s role in cities, and to us there’s no better place to explore that than Lafayette, a place built from the ground up on diversity of culture, music and thought. We look forward to the music, the culture, the food and of course, broadening the debate around how important music is to the places we live in,” said Shain Shapiro, CEO of Sound Diplomacy.
Sound Diplomacy is partnering with Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission and CREATE to provide delegates with two days of inspiring and informative presentations, as well as the opportunity to experience Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. CREATE, which stands for culture, recreation, entertainment, arts, tourism and economy, is a collaborate initiative designed
to promote growth by cultivating and leveraging the assets that make up the creative economy in Lafayette Parish.
“I had the opportunity to present on a panel at the Music Cities Convention in Washington, DC in 2015, and came away very impressed with the caliber of folks in the music industry who were a part of the convention. For Lafayette to be named in the same category as Melbourne, Memphis, Washington, DC, Berlin and Brighton as hosts for the event is a tremendous
honor and complement to our Cajun and Zydeco music. We look forward to showcasing our music and area to attendees from all around the world. We also look forward to the great dialogue that will take place during the event that ties in nicely into the CREATE initiative and growing our cultural economy,” said Ben Berthelot, LCVC President and CEO.
The Music Cities Convention brings together leaders from governments, cities and regions, academics, organizations and the music scene to discuss, debate and introduce new thinking. It showcases best practices on the use of music and all its variants to improve city life through collaborative panels, keynotes and networking sessions.
“With the launch of our CREATE initiative underway, there could not be a more appropriate time for Lafayette to host the Music Cities Convention. Themed ‘Power of Diversity & Music in City Building,’ the convention fits well with the unique cultural aspects of our music scene and reinforces the importance a cultural economy to a city’s success,” said Mayor President Joel Robideaux.
For more information, go to musiccitiesconvention.com
About the Lafayette Convention and Visitors Commission
LCVC, branded as Lafayette Travel, is a marketing organization created in 1974 to promote Lafayette Parish as a destination for visitors, meetings, conventions, tours and sporting events. LCVC is funded primarily by a four percent occupancy tax paid by visitors to Lafayette Parish.
About Sound Diplomacy
Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment through policy. We help governments develop healthy music ecosystems to create vibrant, exciting communities.