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Hands across the pond with Breizh Amerika at NuNu's

NuNu Arts and Culture Collective is always up to something.


You can sometimes see it outside, most recently with the Le Village Gaulois. You can also hear it and even dance to it at the monthly Potluck Social.

There’s also a regular French table and French lessons, art retreats and artwork by area artists in the Deux Bayous Gallery. In the Bouki Books literary gallery, you’ll find works by Louisiana authors and one of nine national French Corners featuring classic and contemporary works by French writers.

Of course there's also the annual Semaine Francaise.

Semaine Francaise is a common sense and growing week-long conference for creative professionals in environmental sustainability, economic and social development, government, education and folk life traditions for presentations and discussions on creative place-making.

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And this is a nice segue to an event Saturday at NuNu’s La Pataterie, which is a local word for "sweet potato shed," according to Jacqueline Cochran, communications director at NuNu.

Anyway, the Arnaudville arts centre hosts “Breizh on the Road … Again” tour Saturday evening, which includes dinner and Cajun music as well as a final U.S. performance of the Breizh Amerika Collective, a band from Brittany, France.

The evening begins at 5 p.m. with the welcoming the band. Cochran said to expect to enjoy delectable appetizers, palate-pleasing wine and Cajun music with Byron Boudreaux, Joel Breaux and Willert Menard.

Dinner and band costs only $25, or just $5 for the concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m.

“Yes, I want people to come to the dinner and meet the musicians, etc. especially other musicians interested in creating partnerships with them — for that is what they are seeking,” Cochran wrote in an email.

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“I also would like to let parents know the concert-only is a great means of experience for their kids (15 and under admitted free) and the type of dance is something they can all participate in and really have fun," she said

BAC is more than a band making music; it has an agenda. The band seeks to create, facilitate, promote and sponsor wide-ranging innovative and collaborative cultural and economic projects that strengthen and foster relations and cooperation between the United States and Brittany, France.

“I would think people may also be interested in knowing the Breton and Cajun/Creoles share a common history in that the Breton language, like the Cajuns and Creoles language, was forbidden in schools for many years,” Cochran wrote.

“This is a great opportunity to experience this ‘traditionally specialized’ music that is classified as UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) world heritage protected,” Cochran wrote.

Seating is limited. Tickets for dinner and/or concert should be purchased no less than 48 hours in advance either online or at the NUNU collective, 1510 Bayou Courtableau Hwy., Arnaudville

Cost for dinner and concert is $25. Cost for concert-only is $5. And can be purchased as well online or at the collective. Children 15 years and younger attending the concert and accompanied by an adult are admitted free.