Thank you for your attending Night of Ideas 2020!

More than 5,200 joined us for this 2nd successful edition!

Stay tuned for 2021 edition!

A collaborative and interactive seven-hour program of debate, performances, dance and music featuring top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond. Be part of an international event happening in more than 150 cities in the world.


This seven-hour marathon of philosophical debate, keynotes, panels, performances, and interactive experiences is designed to spur dialogue and creative participation on the theme "Living on the Edge"with each floor devoted to an aspect of the theme including :

 Chaos + Creation

 Wonder + Worry
Exclusion + Belonging
Truth + Doubt
Circulation + Borders
Sights + Sounds 

The French Consulate in San Francisco, KQED, San Francisco Public Library, and SFMOMA invite you to the second edition of Night of Ideas. 

Night of Ideas is co-presented by the the French Consulate in San FranciscoKQEDSFMOMA, and the San Francisco Public Library. The event is made possible by the support of the City and County of San Francisco, the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, 836MCultural and Scientific Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the French American Cultural Society, the Institut FrançaisFrench beeMicrosoft, and the Open Society Foundations

Matthias Carette - Courtesy of the Frenc
Matthias Carette - Courtesy of the Frenc