Night of Ideas
A FREE AND OPEN TO ALL EVENT
We believe that artistic dialogue and exchange of ideas have no boundaries. This is why the French American Cultural Society supports and promotes the Night of Ideas, a free annual event welcoming some of the greatest minds in the world to think about the world of tomorrow.
The first edition took place on February 2, 2019 at the San Francisco Main Library: a 7-hour marathon of debates, artistic performances, and workshops gathering more than 6,000 participants, 120 speakers and 70 artists. Entrepreneurs, dancers, scholars, photographers, festival organizers, met to imagine the future of our cities and our world. We strongly believe that cross-pollination is THE key to bridging cultures and creating new ideas and art forms.
More about the Night of Ideas in San Francisco here.
Numerous renowned local institutions worked together to create the content for Night of Ideas. They included Atelier Crenn, Burning Man, City Lights Bookstore, Civic Center Commons, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hormel LGTBQIA Center, Institute for the Future, Litquake Festival, Lycée français de San Francisco, Mutek.SF, National Park Service, Open Austria, SFFILM, SPUR, Stanford University, Ubisoft, UC Berkeley and Youth Speaks.
Night of Ideas presented performances by Awesome Orchestra Collective, Bay Area Flash Mob, Steve Silver’s Beach Blanket Babylon, Burning Man, Exploratorium, Outdoor Yoga SF, RAWdance, San Francisco Sound Wave, Solenn Seguillon and Aleron Trio, among others.
Thank you to our PARTNERS
Night of Ideas 2019 was made possible thanks to the support of the following partners:
CO-PRESENTERS: San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, French Consulate in San Francisco.
MEDIA PARTNER: KQED.
MAIN PARTNERS: 836M, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, City and County of San Francisco, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Institut Français, Paris.
IN-KIND PARTNERS: French bee, Intercontinental Marks Hopkins San Francisco.