• Welcome Remarks: Rebuilding Together

    18:00–18:50 - Ciné Lumière – Opening

    Onsite & Online

    Bertrand Buchwalter, Cultural Counsellor of the French Embassy to the UK and Director of the Institut français du Royaume-Uni, will launch the Night of Ideas 2022. This new edition will focus on “Rebuilding Together”.

    Opening address, online, by Philippe Descola, anthropologist and Professor at the Collège de France, author of Beyond Nature and Culture.
    Opening address, by artist Zineb Sedira, who represents France at the 59th Venice Biennale.


  • Video Games

    18:00–23:00 - L’Atelier – Video Games
    During the Night, the participants will be invited to play two different video games both 3D and 2D. In Eastshade, you play a traveling painter, exploring an island and capturing the world on canvas. You should talk to the inhabitants, all anthropomorphised animals, to learn about their lives, build strong friendship and help those in need. Experience how your actions impact the world around you. In Citizens, the player gets to create a constitution for their own imaginary country. Game on!


  • Spoken Words

    19:00–23:20 - Foyer – Poetry Pop-up
    Inspired by the event’s thought-provoking conversations, Spoken Word poet Anthony Anaxagorou will deliver tailor-made poems. As you will go from panel to panel, he will declaim his pieces, creating an immersive experience and giving an artistic approach on the topics discussed during the Night.


  • Zero-Waste Cooking Class

    20:00–20:30 - Café Tangerine – Workshop
    Climate-forward chef Douglas McMaster comes to the Institut for a unique cooking workshop! The world’s first zero-waste restaurant he opened in London, Silo, serves food that would otherwise be going to waste, up-cycles all its furniture and fittings and makes its own compost. So roll up your sleeves and come learn sustainable cooking with the expert in the field: dumpster-dive in!


  • Interviews with KCL & UCL Professors and PhD Students

    20:00–22:00 - Ciné Lumière 2 – Q&A
    In each of these three 30-minute Q&A sessions, a PhD student from King’s College London and University College London will interview their professor on some of the topics discussed during the night, enabling them to further develop their arguments.



    • 20:00 – 20:30 – Zoe Laughlin, Director of the Institute of Making, University College London, interviewed by Emma Olivia Wagstaff (Royal Central School for Speech and Drama)
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    • 20:45 – 21:15 – Bashir M. Al-Hashimi, Professor in Computer Engineering, King’s College London, interviewed by Laila Faridoon (KCL)
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  • Closing Concert

    23:30–00:00 - La Médiathèque
    Arthur Sajas, Marie Merlet, Catherine Lucas and Cédric Monzali will premiere a graphic partition by Arthur Sajas. These four improvisers are members from the HAHA Sounds Collective, a 15-piece choir and accompanying instrumental ensemble with roots in jazz, soundtrack and avant-garde music.
    This experimental choral project brings together London-based musicians and arrangers from diverse backgrounds.
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