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This year for its third edition, Tilt Kids Festival features whimsical, thoughtful, and rigorously made works for children. Spanning three weeks, Tilt will take place in six venues across New York City from March 3-18, and will engage kids with the works of renowned artists across multiple disciplines.

These projects uniquely understand and speak to children’s experiences of the world, as well as their need to have a space to enjoy art while also, simply, being kids. By introducing kids to works that are fun and mind-expanding, Tilt Kids Festival helps enrich and build a new generation of cultural audiences.

March 3 & 4

Tilt 2018 opens with a rare US performance of Little Red Riding Hood by celebrated French director Joël Pommerat. Known for revolutionizing theater for kids in France and around the world, Pommerat presents his most celebrated work, adapted from Charles Perrault’s classic fairy tale and created for his eight-year-old daughter.

Once upon a Forest, the Animal Spring, an exhibition at the FIAF gallery between French-Moroccan multimedia visual artist Yto Barrada and American designer and art educator Julie Klear, invite kids to use the power of words to change the world throughout the festival.

The first day of Tilt also features Gala, a performance directed by Jérôme Bel, bringing together professionals and amateurs of all ages and diverse socio-cultural origins.

March 10 & 11

The second weekend is devoted to reading, writing, and thinking, familiarizing children with the power of literature, philosophy, and design. On March 10, at the French Embassy’s Albertine Books, Yasmine Al Massri, star of the acclaimed Lebanese film Caramel and ABC’s Quantico, reads folktales from Syria and Lebanon from Najla Khoury’s book Pearls on a Branch : Oral Tales (to be published March 6, 2018).

The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum presents a Lettering Lab workshop, inviting kids to explore the visual forms and dimensions of Arabic and Latin letterforms.

On March 11, in a special event co-presented by the Brooklyn Public Library, English philosopher Simon Critchley returns to Tilt with Philosophy for Kids sessions, engaging both children and parents in stimulating, and surprisingly approachable, thought.

March 16, 17 & 18

The final weekend of the festival centers around music. Amidst all the excitement, kids and grown-ups can take a moment to relax with a Musical Journey led by world-renowned nay and oud virtuoso, educator and composer Bassam Saba, along with co-founder of The New York Arabic Orchestra April Centrone (March 16). They transform the Cultural Services of the French Embassy’s ballroom into a hypnotic musical haven, for a unique spellbinding journey through the musical traditions of the Arab world. 

Broken Box Mime Theater presents a special Tilt edition of their hit performance Destination: Everywhere, using movement and music (and the spoken guidance of an emcee) to bring funny and fantastical tales to life.

The festival closes with a bang with Stridulations for the Good Luck Feast, an afternoon of interactive musical performances creating a welcoming environment for loudness and play, held at Brooklyn’s ISSUE Project Room.

Tilt is made possible thanks to the support of Air France and Delta Air Lines, FACE Foundation, Florence Gould Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Institut Français, the French Ministry of Culture, SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques), NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Jacadi, and La Roche-Posay.

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, writer, translator, and curator.