TILT Kids Day
C’est la fête !

Saturday, June 3, 2023

On Saturday June 3, we welcome families back for the last TILT Kids Day before summer break — this time, exploring the theme of la fête (celebration)! Join us for a giant family party and enjoy the most wonderful aspects of celebrations: dancing, music, and time spent together.

The day kicks off with a family story hour focused on celebratory French and English classics. Be amazed by a one-of-a-kind mime performance with TILT festival favorite Broken Box Mime. Capture the moment with a family portrait and take part in a collaborative exhibition by The Anonymous Project. Make your own musical instrument and a festive party outfit. The celebration day ends with a huge all-ages dance party!

Homecoming Exhibition Tour & Collage Making

FIAF Gallery, 1st Floor, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
All Ages • Every 30 min • In English and French

Enjoy a mini tour of the FIAF Gallery exhibition, Homecoming, and then help to create a collective collage of family photos!

Part of The Anonymous Project, Homecoming is a unique photography installation that celebrates family, parties, and special occasions. We invite younger audiences to explore the photo exhibition for inspiration in taking their very own family photo. Kids will take a photo of their families and then add their photo to a collective family photo collage. Pick a fun pose, choose your props, and snap a photo that becomes part of The Anonymous Project installation for a day.

Create Your Own Musical Instrument

FIAF Skyroom, 8th Floor, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
Ages 3 & up

Use recycled materials to create your own musical instrument in this fun workshop led by Alí Bello, violinist and Associate Music Director of The Brooklyn Orchestra (BKO).

Cans, lids, and water bottles transform into drums, maracas, and miniature guitars. Be amazed as these unconventional objects become musical creations through a few adjustments and lots of decorating. Use your newly-created instruments to make some music: drum out a rhythm, shake out a song, and get in the mood for a dance party!

This workshop offers an exclusive preview of BKO’s newest kids’ program that will launch this fall at their new home at ShapeShifter Plus in Park Slope. The program will offer hands-on workshops, imagined and tailored by its musicians for aspiring young artists.

C'est la fête ! Costume Creation Station

FIAF Skyroom, 8th Floor, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
Ages 3 & up

Get ready to celebrate with a custom-made party outfit!

Join Karen Eleanor Wight, a costume designer and seamstress currently working on the wardrobe crew for Hamilton on Broadway, for a fashionable workshop. Kids will get creative with fabric patterns, cut-outs, ribbons, and sequins as they prepare for TILT Kids Day DJ hour. Learn some quick and easy design techniques to transform fabric into a wearable stylish garment.

C'est la fête ! Storytime

11am and 11:30am
FIAF Haskell Library, 2nd Floor, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
Ages 3–8 • 15 min • In French and English

Meet us in the FIAF Haskell Library for a fun, interactive storytime hosted by the library’s Joséphine Kraemer.

Keeping with the la fête theme, we invite families to discover the magical world of dance, music, and celebration with books by French and English-speaking authors.

As a last-minute surprise, French author Richard Marnier will read his latest work, La lumière allumée (Who Left the Light On?).

  • About Richard Marnier
    • A former student of visual arts, Richard Marnier is a writer and an artist. In his work, he mixes sculptures, drawings, and design with the conventions of writing and visual arts. Adept at children’s stories, he has published several books with the Seuil Jeunesse publisher, Les P’tits Bérets Édition, Frimousse Edition, and Edition du Rouergue.

      Marnier has been nominated for the 2023 Prix Albertine Jeunesse in the 3-5-year-old category. The prize is presented by Albertine Books, Villa Albertine, and the Agency for French Education Abroad.

Broken Box Mime Theater: C'est la fête !

FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC
Ages 4 & up • 45 min • In English

Cue the invisible confetti! C’est la fête ! is the new family show by Broken Box Mime Theater.

Audiences can join the fun from their seats, moving their bodies and stretching their imaginations through a delightful afternoon of physical storytelling.

In homage to the great French mimes, Broken Box remixes the art form with modern sensibilities and a commitment to accessibility and inclusion. Every body is unique, and every body is worthy of a celebration! What does celebration mean to you?

C'est la fête ! DJ Hour & Dance Party

FIAF Tinker Auditorium, A Level, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
All Ages • 90 min • In English and French

Dance away the afternoon with a DJ set of French party classics!

FIAF’s Tinker Auditorium transforms into the trendiest boîte on the Upper East Side for this lively midday celebration. Bring the whole family and grab a mocktail—c’est la fête!

About TILT Kids Day

Founded in 2016, FIAF’s TILT Kids Festival offers fun, unique, adventurous art for the whole family. Presented in a new format since fall 2022, the festival now takes place in three separate installments throughout the cultural year. Each TILT Kids Day offers a variety of activities for our youngest visitors, with emphasis on an engaging theme. Stay tuned for an announcement of the return of TILT Kids Day in fall 2023!