The Night of Ideas at the NGV

Fri 1st March, 2024
6:00pm – 9:30pm
NGV International
180 St Kilda Road Melbourne
Price: $35–$40
This globe-hopping French initiative brings together the world’s top thinkers to tackle the biggest issues of our time. Hear from influential philosopher Peter Singer, eminent immunologist Peter Doherty and many more, and catch a show from Aria nominee Mo’Ju.

Since its beginnings in 2016, The Night of Ideas (La Nuit des Idées) has brought thought-provoking conversation and public debate to cultural institutions in more 190 cities around the world – and now it’s Melbourne’s turn.

In partnership with the NGV, the French Embassy initiative will host its 2024 program in the NGV Triennial exhibition for one night, inviting thought leaders, scientists, activists, performers, authors, journalists and academics to lead discussions on contemporary global issues that directly engage with the artworks on display (audience members are encouraged to share their thoughts too).

This year’s theme? “Fault Lines” – a reference to French-Canadian novelist and essayist Nancy Huston’s 2006 novel of the same name. Spanning six different topics, this theme asks guests to consider the lines that divide us.

The night will start with a show from Australian artist Mo’Ju (hot off an Aria nomination just last year), followed by roving performances by the Australian Art Orchestra throughout the rest of the evening.

Choose from a range of engaging topics, including a discussion about the future of physical and mental wellbeing inside the captivating Speculum artwork by Dutch artist trio Smack; a dive into our relationship with animals presented by Peter Singer, the notable Australian philosopher, veganism advocate and professor of Bioethics at Princeton University; and a look into waste and overproduction in the fashion industry with professor of fashion, Dr Alice Payne.