Launched by the Institut français in 2016, the NIGHT OF IDEAS is a project staged simultaneously in Paris, London and worldwide. For this year’s edition, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni has put together a thought-provoking programme of debates, performances and screenings exploring the latest ideas behind issues central to our times, taking place on Thursday 31 January 2019, from 5pm to midnight.
Crossing French, British and European perspectives, the NIGHT OF IDEAS will engage audiences in free debates with the theme FACING OUR TIME as the common thread to question today’s challenges.
Joined by thirty leading experts, artists, scholars and journalists, Former French Minister for Environment Nicolas Hulot, and philosopher Anthony Grayling will kick off the NIGHT OF IDEAS by addressing two of our most pressing issues: the environment and Europe.
Too often, the environment and Europe are perceived as abstract and remote without human solution. The NIGHT OF IDEAS will breathe lifeinto these subjects by inviting audiences to take part in an open debate on the possibilities for a brighter future where citizen voices and perspectives matter.
EUROPE BEYOND WALLS
2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the dismantling of the Iron Curtain – a historical moment of Europeans acting for a shared future. Do we really wish to withdraw back into territorial and political divisions? The NIGHT OF IDEAS will be a forum for those who seek dialogue on European values and ideas, and on how people can practice a living European citizenship.
THE EARTH HERE AND NOW
Climate change is everyone’s burden and everyone’s responsibility. Can art and education help us to shape a viable future for our planet? The NIGHT OF IDEAS brings together scientists, artists, explorers and activists to inspire and challenge us to become true environmental citizens.
In the run-up to the NIGHT OF IDEAS, a film season, BEFORE THE NIGHT, will echo the different themes and the LITTLE NIGHT will invite pupils from British and French schools to reflect on the main topics.
The NIGHT OF IDEAS is organised by the Institut français, the Scientific and the Cultural Departments of the French Embassy, in partnership with Imperial College London, King’s College London, the BFI, the Serpentine Galleries, the Maison française d’Oxford, and the Alliance Française network in the UK, among others.
Night of Ideas: 31 January 2019
Before the Night: 22 – 30 January 2019
Venue: Institut français du Royaume-Uni, 17 Queensberry Place, London SW7 2DT
Info & bookings: http://www.nightofideas.co.uk