• Opening Event: Facing Our Time

    17:00-18:00 - Ciné Lumière
    Conversations
     
    Welcome Remarks by Jean-Pierre Jouyet, French Ambassador 
    What Do We Mean by European Culture and Values? By Anthony Grayling 
    Imagining and Inhabiting the Earth by Nicolas Hulot 
     
    The 2019 Night of Ideas focuses on Europe and the environment, two issues central to our societies today. Launching the Night’s discussions are interviews with philosopher and public intellectual Anthony Grayling on What Do We Mean by European Culture and Values? and Former French Minister for the Environment Nicolas Hulot on Imagining and Inhabiting the Earth.

     
    Professor Anthony Grayling, Philosopher and Master of New College of the Humanities, interviewed by Agnès Poirier, Journalist, Writer and Broadcaster

     
    Nicolas Hulot, Former French Minister for the Environment; Founder and President, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme, interviewed by Patricia Jolly, Senior reporter, Le Monde

     
    M.C.



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  • The Earth in Virtual Reality

    18:00-20:30 - La Médiathèque
    Virtual Reality
     
    During the night, get a chance to experiment Virtual Reality and discover how this new technology can help people to get a deeper appreciation of the environmental challenges.


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  • Concert with Dame Civile

    20:40-21:20 - La Médiathèque
    Concert
     
    A fast-rising duo of brothers from Noisy-Le-Sec in the eastern suburbs of Paris, Killian and Marvin’s uncategorisable, defiantly modern soundscapes encompass influences from hip-hop to classic chanson, via the electronic experimentation and twisted pop hooks of James Blake and Björk.

     



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  • Inhabiting the Earth: Conversations to Inspire and Provoke

    20:40-21:30 - Ciné Lumière
    Debate
     
    Activists, scientists and academics: how and why do they use their influence and expertise to raise awareness on the environmental crisis? How can we all engage in environmentally conscious behaviour and contribute towards changing our future?

     
    With

    • Nicolas Hulot, Former French Minister for the Environment; Founder and President, Fondation pour la Nature et l’Homme
    • Joanna Haigh, Professor of Atmospheric Physics, Co-Director of the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London
    • Tim Jackson, Professor of Sustainable Development, University of Surrey, Director of CUSP, Author of Prosperity Without Growth

    Chaired by Pilita Clark, Associate Editor and Columnist, Financial Times

     
    M.C.



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  • Imagining the Earth: Turning the Tide

    21:40-22:30 - La Médiathèque
    Debate
     
    The ocean is the heart of the planet: it’s a vital source of food and oxygen, as well as climate regulator. Keeping our oceans healthy is crucial in helping us to avoid the worst of climate change damage. Each year, however, millions of pounds of plastic are dumped into the ocean, which, once broken down can cause drastic changes to the environment. What solutions exist to prevent plastics from being thrown away? How can we turn the recycling crisis into an opportunity?

     
    With

    Chaired by Patricia Jolly, Senior Reporter, Le Monde



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  • Inhabiting the Earth: The New Generation

    21:40-22:30 - Ciné Lumière
    Debate
     
    How can we imagine a better tomorrow for our planet, and for the generations who will inhabit it? Documentary makers and youth organisations discuss how we can raise awareness on environmental issues.

     
    With

    • Dominik Bari, Filmmaker (Oymyakon: The Story of the Coldest Inhabited Place)
    • Cyril Dion, Environmental Activist; Filmmaker (Tomorrow, After Tomorrow)
    • Alice Guillaume, Previous Campaigns Officer, Cambridge Zero Carbon Society

    Chaired by Daisy Kendrick, Founder, Ocean Generation

     
    With live drawing by Chris Riddell, Illustrator and political Cartoonist for The Observer

     
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  • Imagining the Earth: Arts and Sciences

    21:40-22:30 - Les Salons
    Exhibition & Talk
     
    Áinne Burke is the current artist in residence at the Grantham Institute, Imperial College London. Through a series of paintings and installations, she will explore the human relationship to natural elements.

     
    Introduced by Abbie Stone, Imperial College

     

    • Áinne Burke, Artist in residence at Grantham Institute, Imperial College London


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  • Closing Concert – Singing the Earth: Jimmy Aldridge & Sid Goldsmith

    22:30-23:00 - La Médiathèque
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    The highly acclaimed folk duo released their new album Many A Thousand in September 2018 and writes songs that explicitly engage with environmental concerns. According to The Observermaking common cause between antique songs and present circumstances is one of the grails of modern folk, one this young duo pull off impressively.

     
    The closing concert will include a free glass of wine.

     



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