La Nuit des idées

Published May 28, 2022, 5:30 PM

by Manila Bulletin

The embassy of France and the Alliance Française de Manille host The Night of Ideas on the reconstruction of societies in the context of Covid-19

A project of the Embassy of France to the Philippines and the Alliance Française de Manille, la Nuit des idées (The Night of Ideas), a roundtable discussion on the theme “(Re)building Together: Smart Ideas, Smart Projects Born during the Pandemic,” streamed live from the Ayala Museum last Thursday on the Facebook pages of the French Embassy and the Alliance Française de Manille.

First organized in Paris in 2016, the Night of Ideas has become a global celebration of ideas and knowledge where hundreds of lectures, conferences, roundtables, screenings, and artistic performances are organized across the world, including in the Philippines, to discuss challenges and offer solutions on a common theme.

This year’s theme, “(Re)building together,” seeks to explore the resilience and reconstruction of societies in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. In many respects, Covid-19 radically changed everyday life. The cultural sector was particularly affected as public health measures forced museums, galleries, cinemas, expos, and other artistic institutions to find new ways to support artists and reach their audiences.

In the Philippines, the Night of Ideas seeks to serve as a platform to explore how individuals, the private sector, civil society, and government are emerging from this global crisis with new ideas and projects to rebuild the cultural sector and help institutions and artists adapt to what is now called the “new normal.”

The Night of Ideas has become a global celebration of ideas and knowledge where hundreds of lectures, conferences, roundtables, screenings, and artistic performances are organized across the world, including in the Philippines, to discuss challenges and offer solutions on a common theme.

Last Thursday, Filipino and international speakers shared their advocacies and solutions in rebuilding the cultural sector. Among them were Ayala Museum director Mariles Gustilo, Brave New World’s Ricky Francisco, Art Philippines co-founder Geraldine Araneta, Futurible’s André-Yves Portnoff, Théâtre de la Ville Paris’ Matei Visniec, National Book Development Board of the Philippines  executive director Charisse Tugade, Cinema da casa’s Fabia Bettini, Gianluca Giannelli, and Alice nella Città, Reality MM Studios CEO Dondon Monteverde, the French embassy’s regional music attachée Sabrina Durand, Cultural Center of the Philippines artistic director Chris Millado Illac Diaz, Liter of Light’s Silvana Diaz and Karen Capiz, and Theory of Light’s JP Gopez.

La Nuit des idées (Night of Ideas) 2022 was organized in partnership with the Ayala Museum, the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the Philippine-Italian Association, Art Fair Philippines, Liter of Light, the National Book Development Board, and Brave New World.

 
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