Lindsay Parnell looks at the work of Theodore Ward, a playwright who spent his career negotiating the complex terrain of African American identity, whilst engaging with concepts like Black Nationalism and the return of the African diaspora.
The gallery is an artist-run space aimed at enhancing the cultural landscape of New Orleans. The space serves as a bellwether for artistic endeavors by exhibiting engaging work from local, national, and international artists.
A commercial gallery with a social conscience, the gallery effortlessly flits between representing contemporary artists and instigating community based projects. It has no boundaries in terms of media, producing stimulating and provocative exhibitions.
The gallery pioneers artists from both local and national repute, coordinating exhibitions which embrace a diverse range of media. It is one of the most influential galleries in the contemporary American art market.
The house is one of the oldest standing structures in Louisiana showcasing classic French colonial architecture. This historic site has been preserved in order to educate the public about central Louisiana between 1795 and 1855.
Founded in 1977, AMoA’s mission is to preserve, exhibit and promote visual art throughout Central Louisiana in a way that contributes to both the quality of life and the public’s appreciation for the value of art as a source of beauty, inspiration and expression.
The Zigler Art Museum is an art museum and cultural centre with an emphasis on the production and development of Louisiana art and artists.The museum's permanent collection features five centuries of European, American, and Louisiana art.
Established in 1911, NOMA is New Orleans’ oldest fine arts institution. The museum hosts an impressive permanent collection of almost 40,000 objects, noted for its extraordinary strengths in French and American art, photography, glass, and African and Japanese works.
The CAC is a multi-disciplinary arts centre dedicated to the presentation, production and promotion of today's art. It’s support of contemporary artists and emerging art forms explores and involves the diverse cultures of different communities.
Experience New Orleans from a rare perspective by climbing aboard its last authentic steamboat. Whilst drinking in the skyline, the steamboat relaxingly transports the visitor back to when life was as slow and graceful as the current on the Mississippi.
Known for its lively parades and unique costumes visitors experience the essence of the Mardi Gras by exploring the Backstreet Cultural Museum and other festival sites. The tour offers an energetic insight into the cultural and historical importance of the Mardi Gras.
Follow in the footsteps of American playwright Tennessee Williams, by exploring areas like the French Market and Jackson Square. The tour excitingly delves into its history of yellow fever, voodoo and the grisly medical practices of the 19th century.
This experience offers visitors a chance to discover New Orleans through its hidden architectural jewels. By visiting areas such as the French Quarter and Garden District, the tour celebrates the diversity of architectural styles that punctuate the city's landscape.
Three historic townhouses were sensitively renovated to create this boutique hotel, abundant in historic touches and luxury furnishings. Visitors are encouraged to unwind in the secluded courtyards or wander round the nearby French Quarter.
Degas House was once home to the French Impressionist Master Edgar Degas. As the only home or studio of Degas anywhere in the world open to the public, it is considered the culmination of artistic history and hospitality.
Loft 523 is a testament to imaginative, edgy design, architectural artefacts and a local take on concealing and revealing the individual character of the building. The hotel is tribute to both the loft style and to modern design emerging from Louisiana.
This traditional French bistro is a perfect blend of charm and romance. The attentive staff maintain a comfortable atmosphere in which customers can enjoy the endless wine list and authentic French cuisine.
The Commander’s bright, casual decor and inviting hosts guarantee an experience similar to a well run party given by old friends. The cuisine reflects the best of the city, both Creole and American heritages as well as dishes of Commander's own creating.
Atchafalaya delivers adventurous and quirky contemporary creole cuisine, coupled with a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary bar. The restaurant, adorned with art, exudes an upbeat New Orleans vibe, as dining is often accompanied by live music.
Cochon stays faithful to its Louisianan roots by serving traditional Cajun Southern dishes, focusing on traditional methods to create authentic flavours. The restaurant is set in a rustic yet contemporary interior of a renovated New Orleans warehouse.
Upon entering Mansurs, customers can choose either the energetic bar, a series of intimate dining rooms, or the main area featuring live piano performances. The different ambiences individually create memorable dining experiences.
Nottoway Plantation Resort has faithfully maintained its historic integrity and offers classic Louisiana cuisine within its Mansion Restaurant. The setting features a beautifully restored turn-of-the-century dining room with stunning views of century-old oak trees.
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Louisiana is a state with a rich and diverse cultural heritage; its
idiosyncratic synthesis is a mixture of influences from French, African, Spanish
and American cultures. This rich amalgamation is reflected everywhere in the
state, in the cuisine, the languages and the art of Louisiana. It is, however,
most evident in the city of New Orleans, which has been a cultural and social melting
pot since its beginnings.
Tennessee Williams’ classic play A
Streetcar Named Desire, is set in New Orleans and portrays the breakdown of
the traditional ‘Old South’ which is unable to bear the pressures of modernity.
Anne Rice looks at the issue of race in her vivid book The Feast of All Saints which enquires into the lives of the ‘free
people of colour’ in late 19th century Louisiana.
Multi-award winning film The Big Easy
has, as one of its main protagonists, the oppressive atmosphere of New
Orleans, which it uses as a setting for a detective story. The documentary style
Louisiana Story is a black and white
film about the lives of the Cajun community in Louisiana amongst the bayou
Louisiana’s mixed heritage is obvious the moment you start listening to its
music; the list of which is endless: swamp blues, Cajun music, La La, Zydeco,
traditional Creole music, swamp pop, Caribbean music, New Orleans Blues and,
probably most famous of all, Dixieland Jazz. Louisiana was the birthplace of
Louis Armstrong, Fats Domino and Jelly Roll Morton.