Doors open at 17:00. The OPENING EVENT promptly starts at 17:45.

For OTHER EVENTS OF THE NIGHT, it is strongly recommended to come early due to high attendance.

All events in the NIGHT OF IDEAS are FREE to attend and open to all, but booking to one of the strands or to the whole Night is required.



Launched by the Institut français in 2016, the Night of Ideas is a project staged simultaneously in Paris, London and worldwide.

Crossing French, British and European perspectives, this new edition will engage audiences in free debates with the theme ALIVE as the common thread to tackle the latest ideas behind issues central to our times.

What does being alive mean today? Some say we’re on the brink of extinction. Some say we can build a new man. At a time when nature is threatened and technology seems all-powerful, let’s question, collectively, the borders of our humanity and rethink what was once taken for granted.



Institut français du Royaume-Uni
17 Queensberry Place
London SW7 2DT



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Press enquiries

Natacha Antolini : – 020 7871 3520

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Call for Volunteers

Take part in the adventure of the Night of Ideas and join our wonderful team of volunteers. You’ll get a chance to be on the team for a tremendous programme of debates, performances and gigs!
For more info & to participate, send an email by Friday 17 Jan to:



Food and Drinks

Food and drinks will be provided throughout the event.



The Institut français reserves the rights to use pictures or videos taken during the event for marketing and media purposes. If you do not wish to have your photo taken or to be on the video, please tell the camera operator.



The whole event will be recorded and streamed live on our YouTube page.