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Night of Ideas

Thursday 25 January 2018 17:00-23:30

Launched by the Institut français in 2016, the NIGHT OF IDEAS is a project staged simultaneously in Paris, London, Edinburgh, and worldwide on Thursday 25 January 2018.

In partnership with Imperial College London, Kings College London and the V&A, the Institut français du Royaume-Uni has put together a thought-provoking programme of free debates exploring the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.

Crossing French, British and European perspectives, Timothy Peake, Thomas Pesquet, Ken Loach, Tracy Edwards, Posy Simmonds and Tristram Hunt are among the fifty leading experts, artists, researchers and journalists taking part in the NIGHT OF IDEAS.

Inspired by the Power to the Imagination slogan of the Paris May 1968 protests, the NIGHT OF IDEAS will engage audiences in open debates on the new futures unfolding in the cultural, artistic and scientific fields, as well as in our political and philosophical frames of discussion.

We’ll look at the major issues and aspirations of our times, from gender equality, as we are entering the centenary year of women’s suffrage in the UK, to the meaning of revolutions, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of May 1968. With a special focus on the ability of arts and sciences to change the world, we’ll reflect on the new challenges for space exploration and Artificial Intelligence and explore the blurred lines between art and science and between fiction and reality in political TV drama.

For the Night of Ideas, l’Institut français d’Ecosse will be organising its own live events and broadcasting a livestream of the talks and debates held in London. The schedule for this livestream, by theme, is as follows:

17:00 Introduction
17:30 Sharing space
19:00 Imagining Revolutions
21:15 Women shaping the world
22:45 Power politics and TV series
23:45 Conclusion

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