La Nuit Des IdEes 2021

We are happy to announce that the Alliance Française is once again partner of the Miami edition of Night of Ideas in 2021:

-         The worldwide event will be presented online for 24hours on the Institut Français website : and the Miami segment which is entitled “Meditation on the beach” and is a video that will be streamed at 6pm (Miami time):

-         The US segment of this worldwide event will take place online on January 28th starting at 6pm on the @frenchcultureus facebook page and on website  . The Miami segment is announced on this web page:   (time TBA)

Join us on January 28, 2021 for Night of Ideas, the 24-hour virtual marathon of philosophical debate and artistic performances coordinated by the Institut Français, Paris and co-produced by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. 

Tune in at 6PM ET for the U.S. segment at or at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy Facebook page. 

Travel virtually to cultural centers across the United States, beginning with a performance by iconic author and musician Patti Smith, broadcast from New York City. In Washington D.C., Ambassador of Frace to the U.S. Philippe Étienne reflects on the power of memorials to foster national unity. Architect Jeanne Gang shows off some of her favorite urban design projects in Chicago, sound healer Jared Bistrong leads a beach-side meditation in Miami, and New Orleans artist and activist Brandan "Bmike" Odums opens the doors to his project Studio BE. Watch from the warmth of your own home as Harvard professors Sylvaine Guyot and Nicolas Prevelakis discuss democracy as they stroll Boston's Freedom Trail, and then head to Atlanta for a series of events touching upon the beauty of birdsong, ritual, proximity, and dance. In Houston, astronaut Thomas Pesquet invites you to ponder the cosmos while on the West Coast, Mayor London Breed discusses recovery and the path forward for her city of San Francisco. In Los Angeles, journalist Patt Morrison meets with directors of vibrant cultural venues to analyze the challenges of the past year. These are just a few highlights from the expansive Americas segment. See the full program and Tune in at

This year’s theme, “Closing the distance” (“Proches,” in French), speaks to our shared sense of isolation and seeks to explore new means of fostering community and togetherness. Evoking the new forms of solidarity that our economic and social crises call for; as well as our changing relationship to space and mobility; this theme prompts audiences and participants to consider our relationship to today’s challenging world and those around us in thoughtful, creative, and engaging ways.

Craving more #NightofIdeas content? Tune in for two more nocturnal marathon events at Night of Ideas - San Francisco and via Brooklyn Public Library!

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