Highlights from the 2012 Festival

Posted on July 17, 2012 in Festival, News

Miss the Fest? Not to worry!

Our talented friends at NOLAFugees have filmed this short piece of highlights from the 27th annual Festival. From literary panels and theater to burlesque and gin fizzes — this past year has been a stellar one, indeed.

In this selection of panels, concerts, poetry slams, culinary events, and general Festival shenanigans, see prolific New Orleans chef John Besh cook up some fun and critically acclaimed playwright John Guare offer writing advice. Other individuals in this star-studded video include Academy nominated  actress Piper Laurie, cast member of AMC’s smash hit Mad Men Bryan Batt, jazz guru “Uncle” Lionel Batiste, and expert short storyist Amy Hempel.

Of course, most important of those featured in the video is everyone who made the 2012 Festival a special event by laughing, listening, and learning with us. From everyone here at the Fest office: thank you!

Be sure to watch until the end for scenes from our epic “STELLAAAAA” shouting contest! Even keep an eye out for our namesake himself — Tennessee Williams made several appearances at the Festival this year (in life-size cutout courtesy of Times Picayune, that is).

Get excited for 2013!