Night of Ideas 2020 takes place at French Institute

Ambassador Colonna opens the London edition of France’s annual worldwide programme of events at the French Institute alongside British philosopher Theodore Zeldin


The 2020 edition of Night of Ideas has taken place at the French Institute in South Kensington, with this year’s event bringing together experts in the field of science and culture for debates on what it means to be ALIVE.

During her opening address, the Ambassador said: "Our words will echo those spoken in Paris and in 190 cities and 90 countries, where French cultural institutions & embassies are staging debates and discussions."

The Ambassador also pointed to the importance of maintaining strong and open dialogues in the context of the UK’s exit from the EU, before introducing British philosopsher Theodore Zeldin for a keynote address.

The goal of the Night of ideas (La Nuit des idées) is to celebrate the stream of ideas between countries, cultures, topics and generations. Every year, there are talks on the latest discoveries in the fields of science and culture.

This year’s them of ALIVE considered how we live our lives as human beings; what it means to be a human being; how nature is shaping our lives and how technology is affecting us.

Participants included illustrator Camille Aubry; writer and director Geraldine Bajard; artist Philippe Bertrand; intellectual Pascal Bruckner; author Philip Hoare; composer Aline Pénitot; actor Fehinti Balogun; Wired UK editor Greg Williams; Elle UK editor Farrah Storr; the BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones; artist Yinka Shonibare and many others.

Watch a replay of the whole evening on YouTube

Published on 07/02/2020

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