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Little Ones Delight in Tilt Kids Festival 2018

After three weeks of mind-expanding and thrilling events, the 3rd edition of Tilt Kids Festival, co-presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), ended on April 18, 2018.

From revolutionary director Joël Pommerat's acclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, to extraordinary experiences created by artists Jérôme Bel, Yto Barrada, Julie Klear, Diane Mikhael, Simon Critchley, Broken Box Mime Theater, Billy Martin, and TILT Brass, this year’s festival sparked the imagination of audiences and artists alike, inviting them to travel to new worlds and open their minds to beyond their horizons.

Thousands of children and families in New York joined us for this cultural adventure to discover, imagine, think, create, and explore more about French but also Arabic arts and culture with leading cultural institutions throughout the city including NYU Skirball Center for the Performing ArtsCooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design MuseumBrooklyn Public Library, and ISSUE Project Room.

Visionary French director Joël Pommerat invited children to discover a contemporary staging of Little Red Riding Wood, captivating all audiences in the theater.

Jérôme Bel's performance, Gala, featured a cast of twenty professional and non-professional New York-based dancers dressed up in their sequined best. They pulled off enthusiastic dance moves, revealing to kids that anyone with enough passion can be a dancer!

In the imaginative Once Upon a Forest, the Animal Spring exhibition by French-Moroccan multimedia artist Yto Barrada and American designer and art educator Julie Klear, children created new worlds using colorful art pieces, transforming the FIAF Gallery into a moveable visual feast.

Award-winning actress Yasmine Al Massri brought to life traditional Syrian and Lebanese folktales, passed down through generations of women, and collected by Najla Khoury in Pearls on a Branch: Oral Tales.

In Lettering Lab by Diane Mikhael, kids explored and compared the visual forms and dimensions of Arabic and Latin letters, creating a visual dialogue between letters from the two different alphabets.

In its 3rd edition, Philosophy for Kids with Simon Critchley and other philosophers encouraged young thinkers to grapple with some of life's biggest questions, including freedom, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and much more.

World-renowned educator, composer, and virtuoso oud and nay player Bassam Saba, along with musicians from the New York Arabic Orchestra led the audience through an imaginary adventure from Asia to Europe in Musical Journey.

Destination: Everywhere, Tilt Edition went back to mime's French roots to tell contemporary stories that go beyond words.

Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast invited families to get loud in an interactive performance led by some of Brooklyn’s leading experimental musicians Billy Martin & Tilt Bra­­­­­­ss.

View photos of the festival on Facebook here.

Tilt Kids Festival is co-curated by Rima Abdul-Malak, Cultural Attachée of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy; Lili Chopra, Executive Vice President and Artistic Director of the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF); and Violaine Huisman, Director of Humanities at the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Tilt 2018 was made possible by: Air France and Delta, Florence Gould Foundation, FACE Foundation, the French Ministry of Culture, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut français, Jacadi, La Roche-Posay, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, and SACD.

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