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Please note that this event has been postponed. 

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy are happy to announce TILT Kids Day 2020, an event dedicated to kids and families that will take place on March 21!

Fun for children and adults alike, TILT Kids Day features adventurous, innovative, and engaging programs in music, dance, the visual arts, and more from some of today’s most exciting French and American artists.

Ask the big questions in Philosophy for Kids; be awed by stunning visuals and luminous melodies in Paper Plane; learn the art of physical theater in Broken Box Mime Workshops; take in thrilling music and dance at Bounce!; and join the party at Kids Afropeps Ball.

All day long, kids can discover the illustrations of Serge Bloch that stretch reality in Mr. Chip’s Big Adventure and they will be invited to help create a mural and enjoy free snacks and activities in the FIAF Kids Zone.

All tickets are just $5 — attend all six events for a special surprise gift!

Philosophy for Kids

FIAF Haskell Library
Ages 5 & up

Bring your budding intellectual to explore some of life’s biggest questions! This year, parents are also invited to engage in conversation about encouraging their children’s development.

Returning for its fifth edition at TILT, thinkers specializing in philosophical practices with children will lead workshops on themes concerning language and communicating emotions—both verbally and non-verbally. While words are essential for conveying ideas and thoughts, they are often feeble and tragically inadequate for expressing how we feel. Younger kids will explore this quandary using children’s books as a point of departure, while older kids will consider it through improvisation and movement. Again this year, adults are invited to simultaneously engage in a conversation on the same topic to encourage constructive family dialogue.

Paper Plane

11:20–11:40am • 1–1:20pm • 4–4:20pm
FIAF Gallery
All Ages

Be swept away on a magical voyage where characters jump off of the screen and immerse you in a wondrous universe of new sights and sounds.

Creator Arthur Delaval weaves together a magical voyage where characters jump off of the screen into a wondrous universe of new sights and sounds. Transported on a tide of paper planes, a frail lady escapes her monochrome life to travel across perilous seas and dense forests. Along her journey, she discovers a visually stunning imaginary world filled with fish that float like hot air balloons, giants whose heads fall off, unconventional characters, and captivating landscapes. Delaval performs a luminous live accompaniment on his one-man orchestra of found objects and fanciful Rube Goldberg-like machines. Conceived to delight all ages, Paper Plane merges the real and unreal and surprises with unexpected delights.

Broken Box Mime Workshops

11:45am–12:15pm • 1–1:30pm
FIAF Tinker Auditorium
Ages 4 & up

Learn the basics of French pantomime, master the art of communicating through body language, and engage your imagination with NYC’s favorite silent storytellers!

Drawing inspiration from Charlie Chaplin, Marcel Marceau, and other great silent actors, Broken Box Mime Theater (BKBX) returns to FIAF with a lively exploration of storytelling that transcends words. Each workshop, designed for kids and their adults, will take participants on a voyage to new worlds, tapping into the imagination to travel anywhere. Two performing mimes along with a speaking emcee will provide tips on how to create characters, objects, and environments communicating through the art of body language. Each workshop will close with a mini-adventure involving all participants.


FIAF Florence Gould Hall
Ages 6 & up

An international hit with audiences of all ages poses four musicians and dancers against an immense cube. Be amazed as they collide and bounce in a playful exploration of resilience.

What if failure opened up a new path to discovery or success? A quartet made of musicians and dancers defy an immense and immutable cube. They grip on to it and fall, persevere and try again. Each thwarted attempt provokes an unexpected point of departure, a new adventure, a rebound. Choreographer Thomas Guerry and composer Camille Rocailleux wrote this international success that has been performed in more than 20 countries: a joyful and sensitive piece weaving together innovative choreography and music. The performers demonstrate how to overcome obstacles in life by challenging themselves physically, creatively, and collaboratively.

Kids Afropeps Ball

FIAF Tinker Auditorium
All Ages

An exuberant dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa, accompanied by live drumming. Dance traditional, ethnic, and urban moves! Kids are invited to dress up in their favorite party clothes.

TILT Kids Day culminates with an exuberant dance party celebrating the songs and steps of West Africa. Inspired by La Sape subcultures of West Africa, dancer and choreographer Jean-Paul Mehansio invites kids to put on their best party clothes to cut a rug in an energizing and galvanizing exploration of West African culture. This demonstration—accompanied by live drumming—of African movements in a communal experience of cultural discovery, will teach kids and parents traditional and more contemporary urban dances to driving beats.

Mr Chip’s Big Adventure

FIAF Tinker Auditorium
All Ages


Explore renowned French illustrator Serge Bloch’s whimsical world and create your own playful illustrations! Embark on his adventure in an augmented reality treasure hunt!

Primarily known for his illustrations and children’s books, Serge Bloch creates characters whose expressive, charming, and complex natures belie the simplicity of his drawings. Working mostly with black ink on white paper, Bloch takes an economical approach to his work such as in his classic children’s series Max and Lili, and the character SamSam who appears in the monthly children’s magazine Pomme d’Api and is the subject of a recent feature film.

For TILT, Bloch will bring his beloved character Mr. Chip to FIAF, creating an augmented reality treasure hunt, where families will be able to discover his adventures throughout the building. Additionally, the illustrator will invite attendees to help him create a life-sized mural in Tinker Auditorium, and explore the interactive app “The Big Adventure of a Little Line,” which will be available on tablets throughout the day.

TILT Kids Day is produced by the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

Special thanks to the Florence Gould Foundation and FACE Foundation.