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The Power of Creation | Night of Ideas

Join us for the first Polish edition of the Night of Ideas, the flagship event of the Institut Français, combining innovative debate forms with artistic performances.
THU   26 / 01 / 2017
18:00  –  22:30
National Film Archive–Audiovisual Institute Wałbrzyska 3/5
02-739 Warsaw

Hugely successful in Paris, the Night of Ideas spreads all over the globe this year, Poland included. The Warsaw edition will revolve around themes like freedom and the power of creation, it will also explore the relationship between art and power. The evening will begin with a screening of Afterimages, Andrzej Wajda’s last effort, a portrait of an artist who made immense sacrifices to safeguard avant-garde and unorthodox art forms from Stalinist interference. The screening will serve as a starting point for the Polish-French debate. In the course of the event we will also establish a link with the Night of Ideas headquarters in France.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in the event’s other thematic section dedicated to new media. We'll be organizing this section in collaboration with StoryCode Warsaw and MakeSense, organizations promoting innovative and engaging strategies of using cutting-edge and emerging technologies for storytelling purposes.

Programme | Section No. 1

The Promised Land Auditorium

18:00 Afterimages, dir. Andrzej Wajda, 2016, running time: 100 minutes

Andrzej Wajda's last directorial effort is an intimate account of the final chapters of the life of Władysław Strzemiński (Bogusław Linda), acclaimed painter and avant-garde pioneer, who refused to subordinate his art to the dictate of Socialist Realism and paid a very high price for it. The NInA co-produced the movie. The film will be screened with French subtitles.

Registration closed.

20:00 Polish-French debate

A meeting with philosopher Pascal Bruckner, director Rafael Lewandowski (director of The Mole with Borys Szyc and Marian Dziędziel), and Andrzej Seweryn. The debate will be moderated by Nicolas Maslowski, director of the Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies. Introductory remarks will be delivered by Pierre Lévy, the French Ambassador to Poland. In the course of the event we will also establish a link with the Night of Ideas headquarters in France to talk about the conclusions of the Europe and Culture conference, which the director Krystian Lupa will be attending.

The debate will be held in French, translation into Polish will be made available.

Register for the debate

Program | Section No. 2

The Minimax Auditorium

18:00 Big Data Visualisation. Generation What?| StoryCode Warsaw

The first part of the evening will be dedicated to the Generation What? project, undoubtedly one of the most important transmedia initiatives launched in recent memory. It’s a multimedia portrait of the 18-34 demographic, created from 85 millions of answers given over 9 months by over a million respondents hailing from 13 European countries. Oliver Hoffschir of the Upian interactive studio will give attendees a closer look at this incredibly ambitious projects and talk about its successes and development perspectives. The meeting will be held in English.

Register for the StoryCode meeting

20:15 Waynak | MakeSense Stories

Waynak is a Web series produced by the international MakeSense organization. It’s a great example of a high quality socially involved project. We’ll be screening six episodes, shot in Lebanon, Greece, Great Britain, Turkey, Germany, and France—all currently introducing some sort of measures as a result of the refugee crisis and suggesting specific forms of involvement and engagement. The Waynak project is not only a Web documentary, but rather an international movement working towards solving the international refugee crisis. The screening will be preceded by introductory remarks delivered by Vincent Hejduk, producer of the series and founder of MakeSense. We will also be joined by Katarzyna Kamińska, the leader of MakeSense’s Warsaw chapter.

The meeting will be held in English. The film will be screened with English subtitles. Admission is free.


The Polish edition of the Night of Ideas is organized by the Institut Français, in collaboration with the National Audiovisual Institute, Centre for French Culture and Francophone Studies, StoryCode Warsaw, and MakeSense.


Admission is free.

Registration for Afterimages is now closed. Reservations have to picked up 90 to 30 minutes before the start of the event. Unclaimed passes will then be released to attendees without reservations.

Attendees interested in participating in the debate or the StoryCode meeting should register via forms provided above.

Admission to the MakeSense meeting is open.

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