First ever Night of Ideas in Colombo! Sharing Freedom of expression

On January 26, 2017, the Alliance Française de Kotte, with the Embassy of France, will present the first ever Night of Ideas held in Colombo. During a special night, participants will be invited to share their ideas on the theme of ‘‘A World in common – Sharing Freedom of expression”, in the presence of French and Sri Lankan cartoonists and journalists.

The Night of Ideas seeks to raise attention to the challenges and issues pertaining to freedom of the press, and more generally freedom of expression. It echoes the exhibition Drawing Freely (Dessins en Liberté), which tours the country, ahead of the Night of Ideas.

The event will therefore be the occasion to share experiences from France, Sri Lanka and other countries and share ideas, while enjoying some entertainments (concert, poesy, live-painting), during a festive and participative evening. It is opened to the general public, and seeks to attract in particular the youth and the media.

Organized for the first time in Paris in January 2016, the Night of Ideas has gathered intellectuals, philosophers, and all of us who wished to join an overnight discussion on topical issues, but also more philosophical concepts and ideas. In 2017, Embassies’ Cultural Services, the Instituts Français and the networks of the Alliances Françaises, all over the world, will again present a series of events, held simultaneously on four continents, to build on Paris last year’s initiative.

The topic highlighted in Colombo by the exhibition and the Night of Ideas is particularly timely while the democratic space in Sri Lanka opens up and expands, letting the media becoming more vocal.


Our Night programme

The event will be a worldwide event broadcasted live on internet.

The Night of Ideas in Colombo is designed around various events and activities taking place simultaneously at the Alliance Française de Kotte in Colombo. It is meant as an interactive event, where people are free to come and go between the different activities, reflect on them and share their ideas.

The Chief Guests of the event will be H.E. Jean-Marin Schuh, Ambassador of France in Sri Lanka and the Maldives and J.C. Weliamuna, Human Rights Lawyer.

  • 6.30-10 pm: Inauguration of the exhibition Drawing freely in Colombo offered by the Institut français and Courrier International
  • 7.00pm-8.30pm: A global dialog on freedom of expression
    Moderator: Amal Jayasinghe – Sri Lankan journalist, Bureau Chief, Agence France-Presse (AFP)
    Panelists: Kianoush Ramezani (KIANOUSH) – Artist / Author; Nalaka Gunawardene – Science writer, journalist and communication specialist; Gihan de Chickera – Political cartoonist
    - 8.00-8.30pm: Open discussion with the public
  • 8.30-10pm:
    - Concert & poesy – Imaad Majeed & Aanisha Cuttilan
    - Live-painting presentation or initiation to caricature / writing on the Trees of Ideas
    - Cocktail – food & drinks

More information here.


Online 29/08/2017

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