Join us for the kickoff of the first annual Tout-Monde Festival presented by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in partnership with France Florida Foundation for the Arts. The festival opens with The World of Edouard Glissant: Relevance and Meaning in Politics and Art, an art talk by Patrick Chamoiseau and Dr. Michael Dash, followed by Heteronomonde, a performance by Léna Blou & Schwarz-Bart. That evening, also enjoy a DJ set by Brother Dan (Terrestrial Funk) on the terrace.
"Tout-Monde" reflects on the relationship between territories, cultures, and individuals with multiple roots in one "whole world", a concept introduced by the Caribbean scholar Èdouard Glissant. The Tout-Monde Festival presents contemporary artistic, cultural and intellectual practices of the Antilles, continental and diasporic Caribbean context.
J. Michael Dash, born in Trinidad, has worked extensively on Haitian literature and French Caribbean writers, especially Edouard Glissant, whose works, The Ripening (1985), Caribbean Discourse (1989), and Monsieur Toussaint (2005), he has translated into English. After 21 years at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica, where he was Professor of Francophone Literature and Chair of Modern Languages, he is now Professor of French at New York University after having been Director of the Africana Studies Program. His publications include Literature and Ideology in Haiti (1981), Haiti and the United States (1988), Edouard Glissant (1995), The Other America: Caribbean Literature in a New World Context (1998).
Patrick Chamoiseau was born on December 3, 1953, in Fort-de-France, Martinique, where he currently resides. After studying law in Paris, he returned to Martinique and was inspired by Édouard Glissant to take a close interest in Creole culture. Chamoiseau is the author of a historical work on the Antilles under the reign of Napoléon Bonaparte and several non-fiction books which include Éloge de la créolité (In Praise of Creoleness), co-authored with Jean Bernabé and Raphaël Confiant. Awarded the Prix Carbet (1990) for Antan d'enfance. His novel Texaco was awarded the Prix Goncourt in 1992 and was chosen as a New York Times Notable Book of the Year. It has been described as "a masterpiece, the work of a genius, a novel that deserves to be known as much as Fanon's The Wretched of the Earth and Cesaire's Return to My Native Land." In 1998, Chamoiseau was honored with a Prince Claus Award for his contribution to Caribbean society.
Lena Blou is an emblematic figure in Caribbean choreography. Her creations put her on the leading edge of contemporary dance emphasizing the traditional and popular dance of Guadeloupe, the Gwo-ka. Known for years of research and promotion of Gwo-ka culture, in November 2008, Blou was appointed by the French Government a Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Légion d'honneur and Officier de l'ordre national du mérite. A dancer, choreographer, educationalist, and dance researcher, Blou created the Center of Dance and Choreographic Studies (CDEC) in 1990. In 1995 she created The Trilogie Company, and in 2017 she opened the Larel Bigidi'Art (LBA) where her studio and company is now located.
Jacques Schwarz-Bart has been at the center of several musical revolutions: neo soul next to D'angelo and Erika Badu, New Jazz as a founding member of Roy Hargrove RH Factor. He outright created two surging new styles: Gwoka Jazz and Voodoo jazz, reuniting jazz music with its Afro-Caribbean and spiritual origins. Schwarz-Bart's impressionistic writing, powerful tone, and wide-ranging language—both lyrical and angular—have fueled a growing presence on the world stage.
About the Sponsors
The Cultural Services of the French Embassy promotes the best of French arts, literature, cinema, language, and higher education across the United States. Based in New York City, Washington D.C., and eight other cities across the country, the Cultural Services brings artists, authors, educational and university programs 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. In Miami, the local office focuses on particular fields such as French language and literature, design and Caribbean art.
The France Florida Foundation for the Arts (FFFA) is a non-profit organization founded in 2004 by the Consulate General of France in Miami and the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the U.S. The FFFA;s primary mission is to develop relations between France and Florida by raising funds and supporting projects that encourage all forms of cultural, educational and professional cooperation between French and francophone culture and history. It is chaired since April 2017 by Dr. Melissa Patrylo.
- PAMM is directly adjacent to the Miami-Dade Metromover, Museum Park station. Take the Omni Loop train to Museum Park station, and arrive steps from the museum entrance.
- Lyft | Use code MUSEUMPARK to get $5 off your first 4 rides.
- On-site parking is $8 the first hour / $4 each additional hour (space is limited).
- Self-parking at the Omni garage located at 1645 Biscayne Blvd (rates apply).