Key Missions

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 and French Arts Associates.

The Tout-Monde Festival 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 the environment, and to encourage tourism and economic exchange between Florida and the Caribbean. The festival strives to combat racism through cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue, and to raise awareness about ecological concerns in the Caribbean region.

Spanning across all fields, visual and performing artsincluding music, dance, theatre, as well as film and academics, the Tout-Monde Festival presents contemporary artistic, cultural and intellectual practices of the greater insular, continental and diasporic Caribbean context, presented during several days in different emblematic cultural venues of Miami, representing each a specific cultural heritage and community.

The Tout-Monde Festival was inaugurated in March 2018 by Mrs. Christiane Taubira, former French Minister of Justice and Cultural Ambassador of the Tout-Monde Festival, in presence of the Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy of the U.S., Mrs. Bénédicte de Montlaur and the Consul General of France in Miami, Mr. Clément Leclerc. Founded by the Cultural and Education Attaché of the Miami office 2016 – 2019, Ms. Vanessa Selk, the Tout-Monde Festival will be co-organized by Mr. Jean-Jacques Garnier beginning September 2019.

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 essay Poétique de la Relation – Poétique IV, Traité du Tout-Monde.

WHO WE ARE

Cultural Services of the
French Embassy

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 Cultural and Education Attaché of the Miami office for 2016-2019, Vanessa Selk, is the Founder and Director of the Tout-Monde Festival for 2018-2019.

France Florida
Foundation

The France Florida Foundation for the Arts 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. with a group of individual American French-Culture-Lovers.

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 Floridian institutions and individuals, but also to increase the awareness and appreciation of French and francophone culture and history. It is presided by Dr. Melissa Patrylo since April 2017.

FFFA Team : Steven Edelstein, Jean-Pierre Miquel, Jacques Brion, Mimi Gregory, Denise-Marie Nieman, Aline Darmouni, Fausto de la Cruz, Brigitte van den Hove-Smith, Barbara Frey, Michèle Wiseheart

French arts
associates

French Arts Associates (FAA) is a Miami-based cultural organization. Their goal is to provide US-based arts professionals with opportunities for meetings, networking and development, and to serve as a catalyst for French and American professionals. FAA hosts high-end, private events that provide opportunities to learn from each other, learn about arts communities, and build lasting relationships. The “Rencontres litteraires” in French, the Breakfast Talk Series or the Happy Hour visits of artists’ studios, generate a productive environment for new collaborations. Through operational programming, informative sessions and networking events, FAA works in close collaboration with French cultural institutions and American art organizations. Since its inception in 2016, FAA co-founded by Sophie Lefebvre Blachet and Helene Filipecka, has created an important network of arts professionals.

Cultural Ambassador

Christiane Taubira is a French Politician, former Minister of Justice of France.

In 1993, she founded the Guianese party Walwari and was elected Member of the National Assembly of France for French Guiana. Christiane Taubira was an adamant advocate for the 2001 law which established the Atlantic slave trade as a crime against humanity. In 2013, she voiced her support for land reforms in France’s Caribbean territories as compensation for slavery.

Festival Director

Vanessa Selk is the Cultural Attaché of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Miami since September 2016. She started working on the Tout-Monde Festival for the Cultural Services early in 2017. French Diplomat since 2008, she has been working at the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs on European, African and Strategic affairs in Paris, before working as  Political Negotiator on Human Rights issues at the Permanent Representation of France to the United Nations in New York from 2014 to 2016.

On the cultural level, she has been involved in theatre companies in Paris and New York and directed several contemporary plays; she also assisted contemporary art galleries based in Paris and London during exhibitions. Her French Guianese and German origins helped her develop a vision for the Tout-Monde festival, by revealing the international creativity and philosophy of the Caribbean, within the programming of the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.

Tout-Monde Team

Kimberley Gaultier, Deputy of the Cultural Attaché, Cultural Affairs

Martine Johnston, Deputy of the Cultural Attaché, Education & University

Sophie Lefebvre Blachet, French Arts Associates, FFFA Production Manager

Helene Filipecka, French Arts Associates, FFFA Artists & Guests Coordinator