Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --Tanya Evanson dances to the music of her band Neyaz on the Scene TV5MONDE Lafayette stage during Festival International de Louisiane last weekend.

Louisiana’s French culture is the theme of the weekend on TV5Monde.

The centerpiece for the two days of programming on the U.S.’s only 24/7 French language entertainment channel will be last week’s Festival International de Louisiane.

“We have a lineup of documentaries, lifestyle shows, and of course, this special program called ‘Rendez-Vous d’Amérique,’ ” TV5Monde COO Patrice Courtban told The Advocate last week. “This is actually a weekly show on TV5Monde, but we are doing a special entirely dedicated to the festival. The idea was to give full coverage to the festival.

“For people who have been to the festival, they can get another perspective maybe, and for the rest of the U.S., to discover this great event,” Courtaban said.

Courtaban, TV5Monde CMO Jean-Luc Cronel and a small crew were in Louisiana to shoot festival footage, and meet with area French culture officials to exchange ideas, he said.

TV5Monde’s lineup for Saturday and Sunday includes:


5:30 p.m., “L’amérique dans tous ses Etats: La Louisiane.” The documentary looks at Louisiana post-Katrina to see how the Cajun culture may have been affected, and more. (Re-airs at 9 p.m. Sunday).

6:30 p.m., “Rendez-Vous d’Amérique” special “Festival International 2015.” Meet some of great francophone artists, including Zachary Richard and Angélique Kidjo. The special will walk viewers through the festival with exclusive interviews, backstage coverage and more.

10 p.m., “Acadie, fille d’Amerique.” Aug. 15, 2014: Madawaska, a town in northeast Maine, hosts the “Fête nationale acadienne” ­— a grand show of musical talent — featuring Richard, Lisa LeBlanc, Radio Radio, Roch Voisine, Marie-Jo Thério, Édith Butler, Florent Vollant, Boréal Tordu, Acadia Trad School and les Hay Babies.


6:05 p.m., “New Orleans, Street Jazz and Dirty Rap.” The documentary looks at New Orleans, a city with one of the strongest French heartbeats in America. From emblematic musician Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews to Rusty Lazer, a DJ and producer of bounce music, to the members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, the show focuses on the sounds and pulse of the city.

Also airing throughout the weekend will be the music video “J’ai une chanson dans mon coeur.” The video was produced by Richard, who is known for his innovative combination of Cajun and zydeco musical styles, and features students from French immersion schools in Lafayette.

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TV5Monde is on cable Channel 266 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and cable Channel 335 in New Orleans.

BR man on ‘Raft’

Wildlife wrangler Carter Lambert, of Baton Rouge, will compete on Sunday’s episode of National Geographic Channel’s new ocean survival series “The Raft.”

On the show, Lambert is stranded on a life raft with a stranger in the Bermuda Triangle without food or water. The goal is to survive one week. Viewers will soon see that the men have vastly different approaches to survival, and will clash over their strategies. To make matters worse, just three days in, they discover their water desalinator is completely broken, leaving them without a way to make fresh water.

“The Raft” airs at 9 p.m. National Geographic Channel is on cable Channel 108 in Baton Rouge and Lafayette, and cable Channel 106 in New Orleans.

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