Strong, Vibrant, Unique: Tremé Culture Fest Two-Day Lecture Series Celebrates the Women of Tremé

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Strong, Vibrant, Unique: Tremé Culture Fest Two-Day Lecture Series Celebrates the Women of Tremé

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Tremé Culture Fest – Celebrating the Soul of New Orleans, the Tremé Culture Fest will hold a two-day lecture series at the Tremé Center that will focus on celebrating the women of the Tremé.

Continuing the overwhelming success of the 2012 Tremé 200 Bicentennial celebration, the Tremé Culture Fest will highlight the culture and history of Faubourg Tremé, the neighborhood that gave rise to jazz, brass bands, Mardi Gras Indians and so much more.


The New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network presents the Tremé Lecture Series:

Panel I - Darker Side of Distinction
This panel will consider the complex combination of personalities and historical and social dynamics that express the impact of the women of this particular community on political life in New Orleans. There will be a special emphasis on today's political realities and strategies for the transformation of public life.

Panelist Speakers: Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer, Brenda Square, Judge Candice Anderson, and Ashleigh Gardere

Panel II - Creating Sacred Spaces
Noted community members and leaders will evoke memories and experiences of growing up in Tremé and how those neighborhood experiences shaped them as individuals and as part of society. The lecture will also contemplate how New Orleans society was shaped by these venerable women.

Panelist Speakers: Marion Colbert, and Father Jerome LeDoux.=

Panel III - To be a Woman Entrepreneur, Black and Free
This discussion of Tremé’s extensive history of female entrepreneurship will contemplate the challenges and struggles faced by these brave businesswomen, how their successes have fueled the economy of a community and how their vilification was used to help malign it.

Panelists: Dr. Emily Clark, Vera Warren-Williams, and Gina Charbonnet

Panel IV - Who Dat Got Dat Fire?
The conversation between this elite cadre of women, each a cultural icon in her own right, will chronicle the vast contributions of Tremé's women to the rich cultural heritage for which the neighborhood is so celebrated. Accomplishment in the city’s legacy of musical, literary, culinary, Mardi Gras Indian, and Second Line traditions will be reflected upon.

Panelists: Lolet Boutee, Gina Montana, Barbara Lacen-Keller, Cinnamon Black, and Neshia Ruffins

For more details or the full listing of Tremé Culture Fest events, visit

When:    Friday, October 18 & Saturday, October, 19
        12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. & 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Where:    Tremé Center
        900 N. Villere Street, New Orleans, LA 70116

Contacts:    Toni Rice, New Orleans Multicultural Tourism Network, 504-460-0411 (trice(at)soulofneworleans(dot)com)

Glenda English, GMc+Company Advertising, 504-915-1552

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