La Nuit des Idées – Night of Ideas is an international cultural event organized by the Institut français. The first event took place in Paris in 2016. In 2017, it was organized simultaneously in more than 30 cities in the world, including Helsinki for the first time. All cities gathered around the same theme: “A World in Common”, explored in all its variety by artists, experts, journalists and researchers.

Held by the French Institute of Finland once again, the second Nuit des Idées (Night of Ideas) in Finland will be taking place on the 25th of January 2018 in Helsinki. The programme of the Nuit des Idées in Helsinki will this year also offer a circuit composed of four distinct events, held within the Institute or in neighboring partner locations in the heart of the city, revolving around this year’s theme: “L’imagination au pouvoir / Power to the imagination”. This programme will offer documentary film screenings, artistic performances, and panel discussion that will count with the participation of French and Finnish artists, experts and personalities.


How can local power imagine sustainable solutions to global issues ?

13:00-16:00

Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13, Helsinki

With: Ronan DANTEC (Senator of Loire-Atlantique), FR; Anni SINNEMÄKI (Deputy Mayor of Helsinki),FI; Annika LINDBLOM (Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development), FI; Juha LEPPÄNEN (CEO of Demos Helsinki), FI.

This event will be opened by Coordinator of the UN Development Policy and Agenda at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr Pasi PÖYSÄRI.

Registration: free of charge, at https://ndi2018-1.eventbrite.fr

Live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWEHeGKpBbw

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Power to imagination: the process of artistic creation

16:30-17:45

Helsinki Art Museum, Eteläinen Rautatiekatu 8, Helsinki

With: Riitta NELIMARKKA (artist, chairman of the Nelimarkka foundation), FI; Jérôme AUZERAY (photographer), FR; Jani LEINONEN (artist), FI; Maija TANNINEN-MATTILA (director of the Helsinki Art Museum), FI.

Registration: free of charge, at http://ndi2018-2.eventbrite.fr

Live Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiYQwpuLKfg

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Power to imagination vs fantasy: the rise of populism and radicalization

18:00-19:30

Institut français de Finlande, Yrjönkatu 36, Helsinki

With : Thomas BOUVATIER (writer and psychoanalyst), FR ; Emilia PALONEN (Senior Lecturer in Political Science), FI; Aleksi PAHKALA (activist), FI; Jouni HOPPALA (project coordinator at the Criminal Sanction Agency Finland), FI; Jani LEINONEN (artist), FI.

This event will be opened by Head of Development from the Ministry of the Interior, Police Department, Mrs Tarja MANKKINEN.

Registration: free of charge, at https://ndi2018-3.eventbrite.fr

Live Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHqUHg_K7ro

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How can power imagine protections for indigenous people in the context of globalization ?

20:00-22:30

Institut français de Finlande, Yrjönkatu 36, Helsinki

With : Alexandre DEREIMS (film director), FR.

Registration: free of charge, at https://ndi2018-4.eventbrite.fr

This event will be followed by a reception.

Live Streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_7DJUANTzU

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First event : “How can local power imagine sustainable solutions to global issues ?” at the Helsinki City Hall
Jeannette Bougrab, director of the French Institute, introducing the first event
Left to right: Ronan Dantec, Senator of Loire-Atlantique; Jeannette Bougrab, director of the Institut français; Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki; Juha Leppänen, CEO of Demos Helsinki; Lari Rajantie, leading specialist at Sitra; Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development.
Päsi Pöysäri, Coordinator of the UN Development Policy and Agenda at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, opening the first event
Left to right: Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki; Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development; Ronan Dantec, Senator of Loire-Atlantique; Juha Leppänen, CEO of Demos Helsinki.
Left to right: Anni Sinnemäki, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki; Annika Lindblom, Secretary General, National Commission on Sustainable Development; Ronan Dantec, Senator of Loire-Atlantique; Juha Leppänen, CEO of Demos Helsinki.
Mathieu Leporini, Science and Higher Education Attaché at the Institut français, opening the second event “Power to imagination: the process of artistic creation” at the Helsinki Art Museum
Maija Tanninen-Mattila, director of the Helsinki Art Museum, introducing the panelists
Riitta Nelimarkka, artist, chairman of the Nelimarkka Foundation
Jani Leinonen, artist and activist
Jérôme Auzeray, photographer
Left to right: Jani Leinonen; Riitta Nelimarkka; Jérôme Auzeray
Third event: “Power to imagination vs Fantasy: the rise of populism and radicalization” at the Institut français
Jeannette Bougrab, director of the Institut français, opening the event
Left to right: Tuomas Peltomäki, news editor at the Helsingin Sanomat; Emilia Palonen, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki; Aleksi Pahkala, journalist; Thomas Bouvatier, writer and psychoanalyst; Jouni Holappa, project coordinator at the Criminal Sanction Agency Finland; Jani Leinonen, artist.
Left to right: Tuomas Peltomäki, news editor at the Helsingin Sanomat; Emilia Palonen, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki; Aleksi Pahkala, journalist; Thomas Bouvatier, writer and psychoanalyst; Jouni Holappa, project coordinator at the Criminal Sanction Agency Finland; Jani Leinonen, artist.
Left to right: Thomas Bouvatier, writer and psychoanalyst; Jouni Holappa, project coordinator at the Criminal Sanction Agency Finland; Jani Leinonen, artist.
Left to right: Tuomas Peltomäki, news editor at the Helsingin Sanomat; Emilia Palonen, Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Helsinki; Aleksi Pahkala, journalist.
Fourth and last event: “How can local power imagine protections for indigenous people in the context of globalization ?” at the Institut français
Full venue for the premiere screening of the documentary “We Are Humanity”
Opening words by Mathieu Leporini, Science and Higher Education Attaché at the Institut français
Alexandre Dereims, director of “We Are Humanity”
Alexandre Dereims, director of “We Are Humanity”
Alexandre Dereims, director of “We Are Humanity”