- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 9, 2016

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - South Louisiana’s disappearing dancehalls will be highlighted during the 2016 Festivals Acadiens et Créoles, which is set for Oct. 13-16 at Lafayette’s Girard Park. This annual festival, which started in 1974, traditionally honors a musician who has had a significant impact on Cajun and Creole culture.

Dancehalls will be honored this year. These live music and dancing meccas once numbered in the thousands in south Louisiana. But only a handful of these clubs remain in the 21st century.

John Sharp, a researcher at the Center for Louisiana Studies, leads the effort with the Louisiana Dancehalls Project.

After finding limited information and photos on the historic dancehalls, Sharp began compiling a list as a fun, side project. The Advertiser reports (https://bit.ly/2aIRkuk) he’s up to 1,170 halls and still counting.

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Information from: The Advertiser, https://www.theadvertiser.com


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