Thursday 28 January 2021 - 7PM


Founded six years ago in Paris, La Nuit des Idées -The Night of Ideas- has grown into a worldwide global event celebrating arts, culture, science, and philosophy, around a common theme, a common day, and held simultaneously in 50 countries. 


Now in it's second year in Australia, the 2021 theme "Closer" will feature a vibrant, cross-cultural conversation about the arts, the universe and how the pandemic has changed our view of closeness!  


An astronaut, an inventor, a sociologist, and a global activist join a stellar line up of artists and performers to bring you a wonderful night of discussion, debate, song and performance.

The evening will be presented and moderated by Amanda Collinge (from ABC TV’s Q&A program) directly from the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

Each speaker and performer will be sharing their unique perspective on what "Closer" means. They’ll also be exploring how human connection is evolving during the global pandemic and asking: 

  • Will bringing technology and culture closer together help us find solutions?

  • How is COVID causing an existential challenge to our political and economic structures, values, and order?

  • Viewed through the lens of Humanitarian work how will COVID bring us closer together as we face this common global challenge?

  • Viewed through the lens of an astronaut we ask how the close confinement experienced during the pandemic affected our perspective on time and space?

 Due to Covid restrictions, places are strictly limited. Reserve your tickets early. (Complimentary beverage included)

This event is being recorded for broadcast on the ABC RN program Big Ideas

20 min from the Night Of Ideas Australia will be in livestream on the 24h live show of La Nuit des Idees. Watch it on
The all Night of Ideas Australia 2021 will be online for the Valentine's day.


The Venue

Harbouside Room - Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George St The Rocks 2000 

Located on the rooftop of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, the understated but luxurious interior finishes of the Harbourside Room provide a sleek contemporary backdrop to suit any occasion. Fitted with lime-washed cedar ceilings, Australian hardwood flooring and floor-to-ceiling glass windows, this venue provides an uninterrupted view across Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the city skyline




Futurist and Engineer

How will technology help us overcome the challenges of Covid and bring us CLOSER together?

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Futurist and Engineer



French-Australian singer songwriter

Lili performs her favourite Rimbaud poem in French.


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Social and Cross-Cultural Psychologist

How is COVID causing a challenge to our political and economic structures, values and order? The role of online extremism during the pandemic.


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Activist and change maker 

Balinese climate change activist

The young woman who succeeded in having single-use plastic banned in Bali has now founded a global youth movement. How to find solidarity and closeness during the pandemic.


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Executive Director Jennifer Tierney and Dr Greg Keane

How has COVID impacted the work of global humanitarian organisations like MSF (Doctors Without Borders)?


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France’s first female astronaut reflects on confinement in outer space and in Covid lockdown. What does such intense closeness teach us about human behaviour?


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Ballet Dancer & Bangarra alumna

Born in Dubbo, Ella is a descendant of the Wiradjuri people and was the first Aboriginal Ballet Dancer to join The Australian Ballet company. She has also danced with Bangarra Dance Theatre and has developed a passion for creating opportunities for First Australians to experience the joy of dance.

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Dancer Bangarra alumna


Indigenous podcaster & writer

Indigenous podcaster & writer

Marlee Silva is a 25 year old Gamilaroi/Dunghutti writer, podcast host and Co-Founder of Tiddas 4 Tiddas, the social media-based movement dedicated to elevating stories of inspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and girls from across the country. Her debut novel 'My Tidda, My Sister' inspired by Tiddas 4 Tiddas is set to be released in September 2020.

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Amanda is the Series Producer of Q&A, helping shape it into what is now regarded as one of television’s most successful experiments in public democracy.


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Night Of Ideas 2021


Thursday 28 Januray


Museum of Contemporary Art

140 George Street, 
The Rocks 2000, NSW AUS

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