2nd Tout-Monde Festival


The Tout-Monde Festival (with the theme “Echo-Natures”) presents the 2nd Caribbean Contemporary Arts Festival in the United States. The festival takes place in Miami, Florida, on March 13-17, 2019. As Dominique Brebion writes, the second edition of the Tout-Monde Festival will invite audiences in the United States and the Caribbean to deconstruct Caribbean stereotypes while exploring its profound characteristics and essence. Brebion explains:

“Five days in six iconic Miami locations, each representing a different neighborhood, community, and cultural heritage: the Koubek Center in Little Havana, the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Wolfsonian-FIU at Miami Beach, the Cultural Center of Little Haiti, the Institute of Contemporary Art in the Design District and the Museum of Art and Design. Between visual arts, performing arts, music, cinema, literature, and humanities, [this festival aims] to appreciate how these artistic creations of the insular, continental Caribbean and diasporic resonate with each other and the rest of the world, in perfect agreement with Edouard Glissant’s “Tout-monde” philosophy.”

Description (from Tout-Monde Festival site): The Tout-Monde Festival is an initiative of the French Embassy’s Cultural Services, in close partnership with the France Florida Foundation for the Arts.

It is a multidisciplinary contemporary arts festival that creates new opportunities for Caribbean contemporary artists by fostering relations and building long-term partnerships between French Caribbean and other Caribbean artists, academics and cultural institutions in Florida, the United States and the wider Caribbean region.

By doing so, the festival also endeavors to develop the knowledge of future generations about Caribbean culture and to encourage tourism and economic exchange between Florida and the Caribbean.

Spanning across all fields — visual and performing arts including music, dance, theatre, film, literature –, the Tout-Monde Festival will present contemporary artistic, cultural and intellectual practices of the greater insular, continental and diasporic Caribbean context.

A Tribute to Edouard Glissant: The Tout-Monde Festival aspires to embody the spirit and philosophy of the “Tout-Monde” – the union of territories, cultures and individuals with multiples roots in one “Whole World” –, a concept introduced by Martinican writer, poet and philosopher Edouard Glissant (1928-2011) in his book Traité du Tout-Monde.

See http://www.tout-monde-festival.com and full program at https://www.tout-monde-festival.com/2019-program/

For an excellent article on this year’s events (in French), see https://aica-sc.net/2019/03/12/echo-natures-seconde-edition-de-festival-tout-monde-de-miami/?

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