New Orleans is known for its vivacious style, sass, jazz and pizazz. This passionate and soulful southern city is a survivor, making its comeback after a natural disaster in the best way possible – a series of vibrant festivals dedicated to the arts and renewal.
The Tennessee Williams New Orleans Literary Festival happens late March each year. Anybody who knows the origin of the shouted refrain ‘Stelllaaaaaaaa’ will appreciate this festival. It is dedicated to all things Tennessee Williams, who resided in the city during the most creative period of his life. It also celebrates famous American playwrights and writers throughout history with a calendar of interesting established and new writers reading from their new releases.
As it is New Orleans, night time tomfoolery will come visiting and there are often free evening concerts to enjoy in spring, generous portions of southern food in street stalls and exciting food events. Watch out for unplanned and free outdoor performances of plays such as A Street Car Named Desire in the French Quarter.
If getting down is on the agenda, then head to the funkiest and finest Jazz Fest of them all, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival on April 26 to May 5, 2013. This is pretty much the business, a veritable who’s who of rock n’ roll: Eddie Vedder, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, The Beach Boys and The Eagles. And topping this off there are a selection of great modern artists on the bill: Feist, Florence and The Machine, Bon Iver and Ne-Yo. Get out to New Orleans and support the rebirth of this amazing and vibrant American city.