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The Night of Ideas

The Night of Ideas


This event is organized by the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Cultural Services of the Embassy of France.
Don’t miss the first Washington, D.C. edition of the Night of Ideas, a global marathon of ideas with talks and performances by today’s leading thinkers and creators.


All you need to know...

WHAT: The Night of Ideas

WHEN: Thursday, January 31, 2019 – 6:30pm-11:30pm

WHERE: La Maison Française – 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW - Washington, D.C. - 20007

PRICE: Admission is free

RESERVATION: Online registration required on Eventbrite.

ADD. INFOS: Valid ID required, no parking inside the embassy. No large bags, helmets and suitcase.

The Night of Ideas, originally scheduled for the Hirshhorn Museum on January 31, has been moved to La Maison Française – Embassy of France, due to the government shutdown.


A reservation on Eventbrite is mandatory for each guest. Attendees must have a Government issued photo ID in order to enter the Embassy. Name on reservation must match ID for each attendee. NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED WITHOUT RESERVATION AND PROPER ID.

For one night only, guests will have the unique opportunity to hear from philosophers, sociologists, economists, musicians, artists and authors from the Washington, D.C. area and around the world while exploring the museum during special extended hours.
For its Washington, D.C. debut, the Night of Ideas will explore the theme “Facing Our Time” through a diverse range of topics, including civil rights, digital privacy, art and advocacy, economics, feminist philosophy, art history, music history and more. Participants will enjoy thought-provoking insights through short talks punctuated by dynamic music, dance, and spoken word performances.

A limited number of tickets are available for the keynote address by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at 7pm. Visitors who claim these tickets will have seats reserved in the auditorium for this 20 minute lecture to kick off the evening. A ticket to the keynote address will also allow you access to the remainder of the event.

Additional free tickets are available for entry for the remainder of the evening’s events.

This program is organized by the French Embassy in the United States and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and presented with the support of the Judy and Peter Blum-Kovler Foundation.

If you would like to request access services for this event, please let us know by emailing Advanced notice is appreciated.

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