The Night UK-Wide

The UK-wide network of Institut français and Alliances Françaises offers a rich programme of free online events echoing the Night of Ideas in London.


Night of Ideas - Institut Français d’Ecosse

Thu 28 Jan - 16:30 - 23:00 - Livestream (see below)

The Institut français d’Ecosse also explores what “together” means today and in the future: How can the creative industries and the development of cross-disciplinary collaborations evoke this concept of living together? How can the AI field help us live together in the future? Can we rely on science fiction to reinvent and redefine our future interactions and the way we live together? How can we collaborate together for the planet and our environment? How will our relations evolve in a post-Brexit world, in Scotland and beyond?


17:00 - 18:00 - Together for the Planet


  • Emma Woodham, Climate Change Programme Manager, Glasgow Science Centre
  • Tessa Brock, Ambassador Coordinator and Trainer, Global Ecovillage Network
  • Emily Benson, Director of Engagement, Green Economy Coalition

Chaired by Guillaume Latombe, Lecturer in Environmental Change Biology, University of Edinburgh

18:30 - 19:30 - Living Together in Post-Brexit Scotland


  • Jenny Gilruth MSP, Minister for Europe and International Development, Scottish Government
  • Ambassador Pierre Vimont, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe and Ambassador of France
  • Lord Menzies Campbell, Rt Hon. the Lord Campbell of Pittenweem CH CBE QC, Chancellor of the University of Saint Andrews
  • Professor Murray Pittock, MAE FRSE, Bradley Professor and Pro Vice-Principal, University of Glasgow
  • Professor Paul James Cardwell, Professor of Law at Strathclyde University, Principal Fellow of the HEA, and Honorary Fellow of the Europa Institute at the University of Edinburgh

Chaired by Etienne Duval, Franco-Scottish Reporter & Media and Public Speaking Trainer

20:00 - 21:00 - Reinventing our Lifestyles Together: Can Science Fiction Help Us Shape Our Future Together?


  • Sylvie Denis, Author of science-fiction
  • Ken MacLeod, Author of science-fiction
  • Martin Villeneuve, Director, Producer & TED Speaker

Chaired by Dr Una McCormack, New York Times bestselling author, scholar, and mentor

21:30 - 23:00 - Experiencing Music Together (audio-visual electronic music event) - Livestream on Mixcloud



Café artistique: Le(s) Paris d’Haussmann - Alliance Française de Bristol

Thu 28 Jan - 19:30 on Zoom

The Alliance Française de Bristol dedicates its Café artistique hosted by Fabienne Manele to the French Baron who gave a new face to Paris and a new concept of “togetherness”. From building up large avenues to setting up parks, alleys and monuments, the Baron Haussmann enabled the city to enter into the Modern era.


  • Fabienne Manele


New Forms of Togetherness: travailler ensemble tout en étant éloignés - Alliance Française de Glasgow

Wed 27 Jan - 18:00 on Zoom

Artists Siri Black (Germany), Marion Carré (France) and Libby Odai (Scotland) take part in a digital residency programme led by the Goethe-Institut, the Alliance Française de Glasgow and the Institut Français d’Ecosse. On the occasion of the Night of Ideas, they discuss how they managed to work together and the possibilities offered for the future in terms of cultural projects related to virtual worlds.


  • Siri Black
  • Marion Carré
  • Libby Odai

Chaired by Sarah Cook, Professor in Museum Studies, University of Glasgow & Curator of the NeON Festival

Attend on Zoom


e-Nous / e-We - Alliance Française de Manchester

Thu 28 Jan - 18:15 on Zoom

The Alliance Française de Manchester offers a live dialogue between French poet Jérôme Game, literary critic Jeff Barda, and the audience. This event is a performance-reflection on our contemporary condition: between opportunity and assignment, ideology and pragmatism, how can we inhabit the ecology of creative ‘communication’? Through both words and action, the e-Us-community will ask the question and then try to answer it.


  • Jérôme Game, Poet
  • Jeff Barda, Literary Critic and Lecturer in French Cultural Studies, University of Manchester


Cities of Refuge for Migrants at the Time of the Pandemic - Alliance Française d’Oxford

Fri 29 Jan - 18:00 on Zoom

In the last couple of years, various cities and villages all over Europe have been welcoming migrants, working out localised, sustainable solutions. The COVID 19 Pandemic has dramatically impacted the societies where these communities of migrants are trying to settle.


  • Jaqueline Broadhead, Director, Global Exchange on Migration and Diversity (COMPAS, Oxford University)
  • Thomas Lacroix, Research Fellow in Geography (Maison Française d’Oxford)