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“Night of Ideas”: SF’s 7-Hour Marathon Festival of Arts & Ideas | 2020

Saturday, February 1, 2020 - 7:00 pm to 2:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot

San Francisco Main Public Library | 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102


The San Francisco Public Library, SFMOMA, and the French Consulate in San Francisco unite to present a seven-hour marathon of debate, performance, readings, and music featuring top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond as we envision the city of the future.

2nd Annual “Night of Ideas” Arts & Ideas Festival
Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 7 pm to 2 am
San Francisco Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St. SF
Free but RSVP is required.

> 2020 Panel & Performance Schedule

Each floor of the library is devoted to exploring the different edges on which contemporary life in the Bay Area is balanced:

  • Chaos + Creation How do we cope with disorder and disruption to fashion new ways to think and be?
  • Wonder + Worry What anxieties about the future weigh on us most, and what fascinations will transform the way we live?
  • Exclusion + Belonging How do we find belonging and identity while making space for differences of lived experience?
  • Truth + Doubt With consensus about history and facts increasingly fractured, what narratives should we affirm?
  • Circulation + Borders How do we transcend limits on movement for a healthy economy and a just society?

The French Consulate in San Francisco, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) and KQED jointly announce the second San Francisco edition of the global marathon event Night of Ideas on February 1, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. at the San Francisco Main Library.

Presented in collaboration with the City of San Francisco and a vibrant ecosystem of local cultural, science, tech and academic partners, this FREE seven-hour marathon of debates, keynotes, panels, performances, screenings, music and a special live broadcast of KQED’s Forum with host Mina Kim features top thinkers from San Francisco and beyond. Its format is designed to spur dialogue and participation on the 2020 theme Living on the Edge, an adaptation of the international theme Être vivant.

With keynotes, panels and presentations by more than 30 organizations and diverse voices, the second San Francisco edition of Night of Ideas expects thousands to participate in the evening’s exchange of ideas and creative dialogue. More than 6,000 people attended the inaugural event at the Main Library in 2019.

Multiple stages throughout the Main Library will host concurrent programming, screenings, breakout sessions and opportunities for engagement and debate amongst the attendees.

More than 30 topics relating to Living on the Edge will be explored over the course of the evening with each of the Main Library’s floors devoted to a separate theme including: Chaos + CreationWonder + WorryExclusion + BelongingTruth + Doubt and Circulation + Borders. The atrium will host Sights + Sounds, a series of performances over the course of the evening including circus artists, DJ sets, drag performances and music. For a full program with list of speakers, panelists and performers, visit nightofideassf.com.


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Cost: FREE*
*RSVP Required on Eventbrite to guarantee your spot
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Fairs & Festivals, Literature
Address: 100 Larkin St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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