Every year, Ideas Night celebrates the flow of ideas across countries and cultures, disciplines and generations. For the third year, Thiers will participate in this international event. Theme of the year: "Close".

The debate of ideas is the best antidote to the new obscurantism of the 21st century. Whether they stem from cynicism or fanaticism, they have in common the same contempt for the facts and the same rejection of the demand for rationality and pluralism that is the basis of all genuine dialogue. That is why one of the priorities of our cultural action abroad is to encourage, throughout the world, exchange and collective reflection. The Night of Ideas, which we have been organizing for five years now with the French Institute, is one of the high points of this diplomacy of debate and knowledge that we hold so dear.

Throughout France and in more than 200 cities around the world

Thetheme for the next edition of the Night, "Being Alive", echoes some of the major issues of our time, from threats to the environment to the promises of the digital revolution. On 30 January, throughout France and in more than 200 cities around the world, we have invited creators, public officials and representatives of civil society to reflect together on these major issues and to debate initiatives launched here and there by citizens concerned about providing answers to our common challenges.

To open this Night 2020, we will receive at the Quai d'Orsay young activists committed to the defense of biodiversity and the fight for the climate. We are counting on them and on all those who will join us in Paris, in the provinces or abroad to show that there are many of us who want to keep the public debate alive!

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The debate of ideas is the best antidote to the new obscurantism of the 21st century. Whether they stem from cynicism or fanaticism, they have in common the same contempt for the facts and the same rejection of the demand for rationality and pluralism that is the basis of all genuine dialogue. That is why one of the priorities of our cultural action abroad is to encourage, throughout the world, exchange and collective reflection.

The Night of Ideas, which we have been organizing for five years now with the French Institute, is one of the highlights of this diplomacy of debate and knowledge that we hold so dear.

To open this Night 2020, we will receive at the Quai d'Orsay young activists committed to the defense of biodiversity and the fight for the climate. We are counting on them and on all those who will join us in Paris, in the provinces or abroad to show that there are many of us who want to keep the public debate alive!

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