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French week in Arnaudville geared toward bridging cultures

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Entrepreneurs, representatives, citizens, artists and students from Louisiana, France and New York participated in Semaine Francaise or French Week in Arnaudville.

The goal of French week was to share vision while discovering similarities and differences within the French Culture. Several round table discussions and workshop occurred between representatives of both France and St. Landry Parish.

"We are celebrating the distinctiveness to root and anchor community and economic development," said Anna Gadwa- Nicodemus, a keynote speaker and principal of Metris Arts Consulting. "It's an exciting vision, the things happening here, and it's very similar to what's going on  in France."

Several stakeholders from both sides worked to develop cultural, economic and social approaches, to understand ways to contribute bi-culturally. French company, Sharier Solid Waste toured St. Landry Solid Waste.

"The link is art and culture," said Contant Sharier. "The goal is to create partnerships between NuNu Art and Culture and Sharier Waste to create things for the companies to build on."

Also present during the week were students from Beau Monte school in Brittany France. Student from the New York School of French joined them on Wednesday to share their visions and experiences. English teacher from Beau Monte, Emmanuelle Berneirherve said, "We are learning so many things we don't learn while in school."

She said the students participated in making their own costumes for a traditional Cajun Courir de Mardi Gras. Students also worked on journals to document their experiences which she said was key is understanding and remembering their time in Louisiana.

"Especially for those students who are only 16; to help them open their minds to other cultures which can be similar, yet different and to have a better understanding to live with others in a different way and culture."

French Week ended Wednesday, but the town of Arnaudville plans to host the event again in 2014. This is the first time French Week was held outside of New Orleans or Baton Rouge.

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