Night of ideas - CANADA, January 28, 2021

Annual gathering dedicated to the free circulation of ideas and knowledge, the 6th edition of the Night of Ideas, coordinated in Canada by the French Embassy, in partnership with the Alliances françaises and many Canadian cultural and academic institutions, will be held on Thursday, January 28, 2021 on the topic «Close(r)». This event, which encourages, in 75 countries on the 5 continents, exchange and global collective reflection, is this year entirely virtual.

The theme «Close(r)» at the heart of the Night of Ideas 2021 allows us to question the transformation of our relationship to space and mobility, the new forms of solidarity that the crisis in our economic and social models calls for, and the place of digital technology in our societies, which is increasingly shaping our relationship with the world. From the themes of new technologies and digital, to Aboriginal peoples, reinvented art and Artificial Intelligence, the 2021 edition of the Night of Ideas in Canada will take on a special significance in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

All these events will be virtual and accessible for free on the Youtube channel of the Night of Ideas in Canada and on the Facebook page of the Consulate General of France in Quebec for the Quebec section. From coast to coast, more than 24 hours of debates, conversations and artistic performances will be accessible to all, on January 28th, from 8:45 am to 12 midnight (CST).

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Free of charge, online and live on social networks, the Night of Ideas in Canada will consist in 24 events, across the country, from Halifax to Vancouver, Moncton, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Calgary and Victoria, 14 Canadian cities in all.

The Night of Ideas in Canada offers a rich and diverse program: debates, conversations and interdisciplinary meetings, as well as artistic performances, comic book improvisation and film debates.

It will bring together many inspiring, daring and committed Canadian and French figures, such as Canadian writers John Ralston Saul, Kim Thuy, Charles Montgomery, Innu poet Josephine Bacon and French science-fiction writer Alain Damasio.

The debates will be interspersed with performances by Canadian and French artists such as French graphic designer Dalkhafine, Canadian rock band Hologramme or French dance company Les Parleuses.

PROGRAM BY CITY IN CANADA

WINNIPEG -  Indigenous perspectives on Nature

Following the sharing that took place during The Night of Ideas 2020 around the theme “Being alive”, the Alliance française du Manitoba has decided to deal with the theme «Close(r)» through the lens of what we identify as otherness and to question the proximity between countries, and between humans and animal and plant species.

In the context of a global pandemic, where Humanity feels fragile and vulnerable, Humans are questioning themselves. They worry about their health, question their rights and wonder about their place in and relationship with Nature. As part of Night of Ideas organized on 28 January 2021, the Alliance française du Manitoba invites you to revisit these questions through the inspiring and calming wisdom of Indigenous cultures.

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MONCTON - Reinventing links through digital technology - learn more...

HALIFAX - "Perfect distance" between humans and things - learn more...

TROIS-RIVIÈRES - I am elsewhere, the center is here - learn more...

MONTREAL - "Humanity in Proximity" - learn more...

QUÉBEC-LÉVIS - "Distance as an engine of creation" - learn more...

CHICOUTIMI - "Rethinking otherness & social structures" - learn more...

SHERBROOKE - When Artists and Scientists Come Together - learn more...

OTTAWA - So far so near - learn more...

TORONTO - Rapprochement(s) - learn more...

CALGARY - EDMONTON - Let's walk at night - learn more...

VANCOUVER - New solidarities - learn more...

VICTORIA - Sharing Isolation: Cultures and Memories to Bounce Back Together - learn more...


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