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Podcasting Party by Villa Albertine

Panel Discussion

(c) Miria Sabina

Villa Albertine Headquarters
972 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY, 10075

April 12, 2024 | 6:00pm - 10:00pm


On April 12, join Villa Albertine for an evening celebrating the French and American podcast communities, featuring live recordings, performances, poetry, and much more. 

With the support of Albertine Foundation and our Sounds of New York partners, Villa Albertine will host a special Podcasting Party featuring a variety of discussions and activities exploring questions of identity and representation within the French and American podcast communities.

From an in-depth look at the podcast projects of French participants of the Sounds of New York masterclass program to live experimental music and voguing, the event offers something for everyone.

A series of panel discussions moderated by the Editorial Director of Villa Albertine Raphaël Bourgois will feature Villa Albertine resident Jamal Ouazzani; podcast hosts The Zakar Twins; writer, reporter, and co-producer of The Retrievals Susan Burton; poet and teacher Rashad Wright; vogue dancer Ousmane Wiles and musician Raimundo Atal.

A podcast bar will be available in our bookstore to introduce guests to a variety of English-language podcasts from France and the US.

Register here to attend.

A recording of the event will be available on Villa Albertine’s Youtube channel.  

Discover the full lineup of events below!


Opening Remarks | 6:20pm ET

Mohamed Bouabdallah, Cultural Counselor of the French Embassy

Musical interludes by Raimundo Atal, musician, environmental economist, and Chilean activist of Syrian and Palestinian descent.

As a multi-instrumentalist, Atal plays drums, the guitar, synthesizers and more with multiple groups as well as a solo artist. His two most recent projects are Y No, with Peruvian artists Vered Vengelhard, and A.B.E.L.A. a collective of electronic Latin American drummers in NYC.

Session 1: Voicing Feminism | 6:50pm ET 

Susan Burton, Host, Writer, Reporter, and Co-Producer of The Retrievals

Session 2: Affirming Identity Through Poetry | 7:10pm ET

Rashad Wright, Poet

Session 3: Queer Voices Matter | 7:25pm ET

Jamal Ouazzani, French Podcaster and Villa Albertine Resident

The Zakar Twins, Influencers, Models, Actors, and Best-Selling Authors

This discussion will be followed by a performance by Ousmane Wiles : Ousmane Wiles is an African American West African and vogue dancer. Wiles is best known as, legendary Omari NiNa Oricci, co-founder of The House of Nina Oricci [est. October 2019] and creative director of LES BALLET AFRIK dance company. His choreography has been featured with Madonna, Janet Jackson, Beyoncé, John Legend, Jidenna, Goldlink, Rashaad Newsome, and many more.

A cocktail reception will conclude the event.

Villa Albertine’s Sounds of New York program is made possible thanks to the support of Albertine Foundation, Spotify, Radio France, RFI, the Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers, Institut français, Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), Paradiso Media, and Ausha.

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Albertine Foundation

Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In close partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and its arts institution Villa Albertine, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries thanks to corporate, foundation, and individual support.

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Spotify transformed music listening forever when it launched in 2008. Discover, manage and share over 70 million tracks, including more than 2.9 million podcast titles, for free, or upgrade to Spotify Premium to access exclusive features for music including improved sound quality and an on-demand, offline, and ad-free listening experience.
Today, Spotify is the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service with 365m users, including 165m subscribers, across 178 markets.

Radio France

Radio France, France’s leading radio group has started writing its story with podcasting since 2005: a company designed around and for audio in tune with the times and in tune with users. Radio France has been a pioneer in podcasting and is now the leading producer of podcasts in France. In 2022, its podcasts reached an unprecedented number of listenings, exceeding the one billion mark – a number twice as high as in 2017 -. Its abundant catalogue of over 1.5 million podcasts, available free of charge on its mobile application, is both the digital continuity of its radio stations and a space of great freedom, creativity and innovation in sound. The development of podcasts thus constitutes an additional space for the emergence of new talents, which Radio France has been supporting for several years: artists, authors, musicians and actors who are participating in the renewal of the audio formats and sound writings that will shape the radio of tomorrow.

RFI (France Médias Monde)

RFI is a French news public radio station that broadcasts worldwide in French and in 16 other languages. RFI is part of France Médias Monde, which comprises the news channels France 24 (in French, English, Arabic, and Spanish) and the Arabic-language radio station Monte Carlo Doualiya (MCD).
Every week, RFI, France 24, and MCD broadcast worldwide and attract 260 million viewers, listeners, and users on digital environments, offering comprehensive coverage of world events, with a focus on cultural diversity and contrasting viewpoints.
Through their mission to reach listeners across all continents and as part of a global digital strategy, those outlets develop a multilingual podcast experience for the streaming of their programs and access to original audio formats.

Society of Dramatic Authors and Composers (SACD)

The SACD is the oldest authors’ society in the world. Founded by Beaumarchais in 1777, the society is owned by its author members. It represents more than 60,000 authors in the cinema, audiovisual, digital creation, podcast and performing arts sectors. The SACD manages and defends their rights collectively, provides them with numerous services, offers them workspaces, advises them in their access to their social rights or matters related to their author status… SACD also supports contemporary creation and the distribution of works, thanks to the “private copy remuneration” system.

Institut français

The Institut français is responsible for France’s international cultural program. Supervised by both the Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs and by the Ministry of Culture, it promotes French culture abroad through cultural exchange initiatives. Operating in a space where the arts, intellectual exchange, cultural and social innovation, and linguistic partnerships interact and intersect, it is also responsible for promoting the French language and the sharing of works, artists, and ideas all over the world. The Institut français is one of Villa Albertine’s main French partners.

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Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA)

The Institut National de l’Audiovisuel – INA, a model unique in the world, is a media rich of 80 years of TV, radio and web Heritage. With more than a billion videos viewed every year, it archives, preserves, digitizes and gives access to all audiences one of the richest audiovisual libraries. INA produces and distributes original works, provides content to journalists, directors and experts, trains student and professional communities, develops an ambitious research and innovation activity. In a context of change, the Institute participates in the reinvention of the audiovisual and digital ecosystem by deploying expertise that makes it a distinctive medium, anchored in long time and memory, concerned to transmit knowledge and know-how of which it is the depositary.

Paradiso Media

Paradiso Media produces original fiction, documentary and kids’ podcasts in France and internationally. Our podcasts genres include drama, comedy, interview, society & culture, news, thriller, science-fiction and kids. We seek to connect cultures through conversation, challenge the norm and push the boundaries of audio storytelling by bringing diverse topics, perspectives and styles to a global audience.

Founded in 2019 by Lorenzo Benedetti, Louis Daboussy and Benoit Dunaigre, the studio has produced over 20 podcasts comprising over 100 hours of content and several million downloads. Titles include L’Affaire B52, Frootch, Brut., Défense de Filmer, Mes 14 Ans, Habana Business Club, A Propos de Mon Film, Cornebidouille and many others in partnership with Spotify, Audible, Stitcher, Deezer and Sybel. In 2021 our English-language series Love Under Lockdown was nominated for a Webby Award in the “Best Documentary Podcast” category.


Ausha stands as a leading force in the realm of Innovative Podcast Marketing. Founded in France in 2018 and making its mark in the U.S. since 2022, Ausha provides an all-in-one platform that simplifies every facet of podcast marketing. From seamless hosting and distribution across major global directories to advanced promotional tools backed by AI, Ausha is the go-to platform for over 11,000 podcasters worldwide.

Always at the cutting edge of technology, Ausha is committed to empowering podcasters to grow their audience. Beyond our tech expertise, Ausha is proud to be a “Great Place to Work” and is dedicated to various social and environmental causes.

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