World Bazaar and Marketplace Offers Visitors Glimpse of Exotic Arts and Crafts

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Event opens international markets to Louisiana Artisans.

A cultural gumbo is cooking in New Orleans this week as arts and crafts from such exotic locations as South Africa, Indonesia and Brazil as well as the works of top artists from the Louisiana Craft Guild will entice Louisiana visitors hungry for a unique experience for the senses.

All can be seen at the World Bazaar and Marketplace to be held from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 31 - Nov. 1 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Admission is free and families are encouraged to bring their children to a truly cultural learning experience. A pair of New Orleans Hornets tickets will be given away at the event.

A key component of the World Cultural Economic Forum, hosted by the Lt. Governor's office and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, the World Bazaar and Marketplace offers visitors an up close experience of cultures across the globe.

Louisiana artists participating in the Marketplace represent each of the state's five regions: Cajun Country, Crossroads, Greater New Orleans, Plantation Country and Sportsman's Paradise. The Louisiana Craft Guild has been instrumental in promoting artistic excellence and supporting education in the many aspects of craft.

Visitors of all ages will marvel at the skill, technique and materials used by both international and Louisiana artists. An international children's art exhibition is sure to attract crowds. The "International Spotlight" stage will highlight live music, dance and performances and a contemporary architectural exhibit will showcase projects from the Czech Republic.

What was only before experienced in museums, books or the Internet can be seen up close. See the intricate details of hand-made African jewelry, handcrafted textiles by women of Ghana or Native American hand-woven baskets and Cajun Folk Art.

For more information call 504-293-2618 or visit the website at

In Louisiana, culture means business. To leverage the state's unique heritage and to ensure that it remains the driving force and embodiment of a global cultural economy, the Office of the Lieutenant Governor, together with the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, is working to expand this new initiative: the World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF). The WCEF highlights Louisiana's unique cultural assets and positions the state as a leader of this emerging cultural economy movement.

Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism
The mission of the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism is to preserve and enhance Louisiana's unique heritage and natural landscape; provide cultural, informational, and recreational resources; and promote the use of these resources for Louisiana's diverse citizens and visitors. The Department's five agencies--Tourism, State Parks, Cultural Development, State Museums, and the State Library--work together to make educational resources available, conserve and interpret Louisiana's history, support the arts and develop recreational opportunities. The Department also fuels economic growth through tourism, operates programs which generate state and local tax revenues, and provides a stable, non-polluting source of outside income for the state.

Pat Viser
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Julie Vezinot
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