While gathering in person is out this year, the local event partners, Villa San Francisco, KQED, SFMOMA, San Francisco Public Library and California Humanities, are reuniting to produce a dynamic two-hour virtual showcase.
For the 2021 Night of Ideas, keynote speakers and performers were asked to meditate on the theme of “closing the distance,” an adaptation of the international theme “proche” or “close.” The program will present a variety of perspectives on how we can collectively move closer to each other and to a better future by reimagining our civic spaces and society to be more inclusive.
Viewers can expect to see performances featuring some of the area’s iconic scenery and tributes to our artists and essential workers that have kept spirits up during these challenging times.
Hosted by KQED's Mina Kim, the evening will feature a special conversation with San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed about leading through the recovery ahead, the role that artists and culture-makers have to play in renewing our civic bonds, and more.
Join us an explore a program representing a breadth of the wider Bay Area's diverse thought and expression, including:
SPOKEN WORD + MULTIMEDIA
artist and activist
San Francisco Poet Laureate
Dr. Robert Wachter
REGISTER TO RECEIVE REMINDERS AND A LINK TO THIS FREE VIRTUAL EVENT!
NIGHT OF IDEAS CONTEST
Viewers of the 2021 Night of Ideas have the opportunity to win several prizes during the program. Participants may simply register in advance via Eventbrite, and winners will be randomly selected and announced during the event.
A staycation weekend at Villa San Francisco. Recently featured in Elle Decor, Villa San Francisco aims at creating a future-driven dialogue between artists and communities.
A membership at the Museum of Modern Art SF Moma membership card
A KQED membership, including access to KQED Passport.
San Francisco Library tote bag with a copy of the 2021 One City One Book selection Know My Name, A Memoir by Chanel Miller.
A Masumoto family book will be included with each of the four prizes. This is provided by California Humanities.
ACCESSIBILITY NOTE: Captions and American Sign Language interpreters from Bay Area Communication Access will be available during the livestream event.
The event is made possible by the support of the City and County of San Francisco, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, French American Cultural Society, and Consulate General of France in San Francisco. La Nuit des Idées is a project of the Institut Français.
For the US event, more info here.
For the 24h international event by the Institut Français, more info here.