About Tilt 2018

“French in origin, fantastical in concept, and freewheeling in execution”The New York Times

Tilt Kids Festival returns for a third edition of adventurous art for all audiences. Multicultural, sophisticated, impertinent, Tilt is truly New York!

Tilt encourages a sense of freedom and adventure in the ways young people encounter art. Presenting original works by some of the world’s most renowned creators and thinkers, it offers fun, unique, mind-expanding opportunities for the whole family.

Tilt Kids Festival is produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy and the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) in partnership with leading cultural institutions, which this year include Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn Public Library, and NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts.

Come experience radical inclusion and transformative visions. The future starts with kids.

Bénédicte de Montlaur
Cultural Counselor, Cultural Services of the French Embassy

Marie-Monique Steckel
President, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)

Past Editions

2017 Events

2016 Events

Notes from the Curators

“Tilt came from the desire to present works created from the relatively new phenomenon of cultural institutions taking work for young audiences seriously. With Tilt, we are asking incredible minds and great artists to create an open context for children (and also their parents) in New York, to introduce them to new forms and possibly expand their tastes to different artistic experiences.”
— Lili Chopra, Executive Vice President and Artistic Director at FIAF, and co-curator of Tilt

“Accessible to children but not designed only for children, the festival has also a natural power to revive child-like curiosity in parents and bring them closer to the wonder of childhood. Instilling a deeper awareness of other cultures is at the heart of our mission at the Cultural Services, where we strive to share the wonders of French and Francophone creativity with new U.S. audiences.”
— Rima Abdul-Malak, Cultural Attaché at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, and co-curator of Tilt

“Every project we present this year examines our historical moment through playful and accessible art forms. We hope to expose children to new paradigms through adventurous creations and radical inclusion.”
— Violaine Huisman, writer, translator, and co-curator of Tilt

French Institute
Alliance Française

The French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) is New York’s premiere French cultural and language center. FIAF’s mission is to create and offer New Yorkers innovative and unique programs in education and the arts that explore the evolving diversity and richness of French cultures. FIAF seeks to generate new ideas and promote cross cultural dialogue through partnerships and new platforms of expression.

Discover more at fiaf.org.

Cultural Services
of the French Embassy

The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, digital innovation, language, and higher education across the US. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, intellectuals, and innovators to cities nationwide. It also builds partnerships between French and American artists, institutions, and universities on both sides of the Atlantic. In New York, through its bookshop Albertine, it fosters French-American exchange around literature and the arts.

Learn more at frenchculture.org.

2018 Supporters


Tilt 2018 is 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, Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, and SACD (Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques).

The festival 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 FIAF’s 2018 Producer’s Circle: Sarah Arison, Michel G. Bernard, L’Arsenal Contemporary New York, Didier Lestienne & Pierre Rouy-Cartier, Marie Nugent-Head, and Elisabeth Wilmers.


For general inquiries, contact:

fiafnews@fiaf.org / 212-355-6100.


2018 Festival Press Release (pdf)

For press inquiries, festival info, and image requests, please contact:

Blake Zidell
blake@blakezidell.com / 718-643-9052

Natascha Bodemann at FIAF
nbodemann@fiaf.org / 646-388-6677

Camille Desprez at French Cultural Services
camille.desprez@diplomatie.gouv.fr / 212-439-1417