• January 28 at 7:00 pm
  • Spadina Theatre
Special Events - Special Event

With the French General Consulate in Toronto and the Institut Français.

 Bilingual – From 7 p.m. to Mignight (EDT)

To start off 2021 on a good note, we're thrilled to invite you to the sixth edition of the Night of Ideas, annual meeting dedicated to the free flow of ideas and knowledge. 

TORONTO – We Art Closer

How can ideas, science and the arts bring us closer together in a time of great isolation? How, in the face of the rise of individualisms and nationalisms, of the atomization of community solidarities, of a violent history, an anxiety-provoking present and an uncertain future, dialogue between people, between genders, between cultures, diffuse tensions, to bring down the walls erected on the fault lines, to repair damaged relationships, to create new ones?

In the light of the notion of “rapprochement (s)”, the night of ideas in Toronto will offer a series of discussions between Canada and France, artistic performances, readings and screenings online from 7 pm onwards.

Guests: John Ralston Saul, essayist and philosopher; Wanda Nanibush, Head of Indigenous Collections, Art Gallery of Ontario; Lou Ann Neel, Head of Indigenous Collections and Repatriation Department, Royal BC museum; Saskia Cousin, anthropologist and professor at Paris University ; Kim Thùy, award-winning author; Clément Baloup, comic book writer; Gail Lord, President & Co-Founder, Lord Cultural Resources; Binkady-Emmanuel Hié, Association pour le rayonnement de l’Opéra de Paris;  Gaetane Verna, Director of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery; Emelie Chhangur, Director and Curator of the Agnes Etherington Art Centre, Queen’s University; Karen Carter, Director of the MacLaren Art Centre ; Dalkhafine, visual artist; Hologramme, producer and composer; Marshall Pynkoski and Jeannette Lajeunesse, artistic directors of Opéra atelier; Douglas Eacho, Assistant Professor at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, University of Toronto; Liz Santoro, american choreographer and dancer and Pierre Godard, scientist, founders of Le Principe d’Incertitude Dance company.


How to watch The Night of Ideas? 

1/ RSVP right here.

2/ Get all the videos shortly before the event.

3/ Get cozy and enjoy the conversations!


The Night of Ideas' schedule:

1PM: CLOSER WITH... DECOLONIZATION - Conversation on the restitution of cultural works with John Ralston Saul, Wanda Nanibush, Lou-Ann Neel and Saskia Cousin

7PM: CLOSER WITH... LITERATURE - Cultural legacy with Kim Thùy & Clément Baloup

8PM: CLOSER WITH... DIVERSITY - Diversity in arts with Gail Lord, Emelie Chhangur, Karen Carter & Gaëtane Verna, moderated by Binkady-Emmanuel Hié

9PM: CLOSER WITH... STREET ART - Street art with Dalkhafine & Hologramme (w/ Mural Festival)

10PM: CLOSER WITH... OPERA - Remote artistic creation with Opera Atelier

11PM: CLOSER WITH... SCIENCE & DANCE - Dance & Science with the dance company Le Principe d'incertitude


Featuring program (live at 9pm) : Closer with cinema – Philosophy Meetup Club Toronto

Podcast Alliance Française Canada - Regards sur la nuit des idées.


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