Acadiana Open Channel to begin airing footage of Festival International 2011

Acadiana Open Channel (AOC) will begin airing its footage of all main-stage performances at Festival International 2011 on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m. on AOC 2 (Cox channel 16 or LUS channel 4). During the five-day festival in April 2011, which celebrates the French cultural heritage of southern Louisiana, AOC captured more than 17 hours of live performances in high-definition.

“AOC has worked tirelessly since Festival editing countless hours of footage of memorable performances on Festival’s main stage,” said Ed Bowie, executive director of AOC. “We put so much energy into shooting and then editing these performances for two reasons. We want those who saw the performances live to relive their memorable musical experiences, and we want those who weren’t able to attend the festival to see what all the talk was about.”

The upcoming first-run schedule is as follows. All first-runs will air on AOC 2.

Balkan Beat Box - Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 6 p.m.

Bomba Estereo - Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 7:20 p.m.

Elage Diouf - Wednesday, Aug. 10, at 8:30 p.m.

Essentially Ellington Jazz Festival Winner, Temple High School - Friday, Aug. 12, at 5:30 p.m.

Keith Frank & the Zydeco Band - Friday, Aug. 12, at 6 p.m.

The Louisiana Experience - Monday, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m.

Locos Por Juana - Monday, Aug. 15, at 9 p.m.

March Fourth Marching Band - Friday, Aug. 19, at 5:30 p.m.

Master Drummers of Burundi - Friday, Aug. 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Musta Largo - Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6 p.m.

Red Baraat - Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 p.m.

Sonny Landreth - Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 8:20 p.m.

Suroit - Friday, Aug. 26, at 5:30 p.m.

Toubab Krewe - Friday, Aug. 26, at 6:15 p.m.

GIVERS - Monday, Aug. 29, at 6 p.m.

Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience - Monday, Aug. 29, 6:50 p.m.

AOC will continue to re-air its footage of the festival performances throughout the year on Cox channels 15 and 16 and LUS channels 3 and 4. To view AOC’s full schedule, visit www.aocinc.org.

This year was the first year that AOC was able to go live from the main stage, thanks to Lafayette Utilities System’s fiber technology. From the beginning of the 25-year-old festival, AOC has recorded main stage performances and then aired them on its two channels which are cablecast in the Acadiana area on COX and LUS.

An all-volunteer crew of more than 40 people used three JVC high-definition cameras to capture video from the main stage. Video was then recorded digitally and encoded for live cablecast.

To view AOC’s photo gallery of Festival main-stage performances, visit AOC’s Flickr page at http://www.flickr.com/photos/60411042@N07/.

For more information about AOC’s work at Festival International, contact AOC at (337) 232-4434 or info@aocinc.org.

As Lafayette’s only media center, Acadiana Open Channel’s mission is to support diverse community dialog, media literacy, and freedom of expression by providing access to communications technologies. AOC, a nonproft organization, facilitates the production of community media by training and supplying equipment and facilities to the public, education, governmental and nonprofit sectors of Acadiana. For more information, visit www.aocinc.org or AOC’s Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, or Vimeo pages.

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