Night of Ideas - Rebuilding Together

Night of Ideas 2022: Re-Building Through the Arts, Together

Thursday, January 27, 2022
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST
This is a virtual event. Zoom

Join a global conversation on the future of culture and the arts in a changing world, as the Gallery livestreams Night of Ideas 2022, a special one-time event featuring multiple voices and points of view. Led by the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, this lively evening brings together thought leaders, performers and artists in a celebration of ideas, music, spoken word, performance and storytelling.


La Nuit des idées/Night of Ideas is a worldwide event initiated in 2016 by the Institut français in Paris. Now held annually in more than 100 countries, the Ottawa edition of Night of Ideas 2022 has been organized by the French Embassy in Canada, in partnership with the National Gallery of Canada and the Alliance Française Ottawa, and in collaboration with the Michaëlle Jean Foundation.

Speakers include:

  • The conversation will be launched by the Ambassador of France to Canada Kareen Rispal and the Director and CEO of the National Gallery of Canada Sasha Suda

  • The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada, Co-Founder and Co-President of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation

  • Jonathan Shaughnessy, Director, Curatorial Initiatives, National Gallery of Canada

  • Greg Hill, Audain Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Canada

  • Dawn Iehstoseranón:nha, (She Keeps The Feathers) Setford (Mary Francis). Founder, Indigenous Arts Collective of Canada. Owner, Pass The Feather

  • Odile Joannette, Director of Creating, Knowing and Sharing Program, Arts Granting Canada Council for the arts

  • Moridja Kitenge Banza, multidisciplinary artist, Montreal

  • Jonathan Lainey, Curator, Indigenous Cultures, McCord Museum

  • Paz Núñez-Regueiro, Project Leader, CROYAN Project – the French Royal Collections from North America, Musée du Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac, Paris, France

  • Mani Soleymanlou, Artistic Director, National Arts Centre French Theatre, Ottawa

With Performances by:

  • Kwende ‘Memetic’ Kefentse, Musician

  • El Jones, spoken-word artist

  • Kendra Tagoona and Annie Aningmiuq, Inuit throat singers


Logos: Ambassade de France, NGC, Alliance Française, Institut Français, Michaëlle Jean Foundation.


Thursday, January 27, 2022, 5:00 pm 7:00 pm
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