Night of Ideas

San Francisco Public Library | 100 Larkin Street San Francisco, CA 94102

Saturday, March 2, 2024 | 4:00pm - 1:00am

Outside the Lines


San Francisco

San Francisco


San Francisco Public Library, KQED, and Circuit Network  are pleased to partner with Villa Albertine for Night of Ideas, its signature marathon of talks, performances, art, and collective imagination, on March 2, 2024 at the Main Library.


Free to the public, Night of Ideas features programming on all seven floors of the Main Library. Philosophical debates, talks, performances, screenings and more encourage attendees to engage together around the pressing issues of our day while also celebrating the city’s vibrant culture and heritage. New this year, is the very first Afternoon of Ideas, a family program ahead of the main event welcoming younger generations to participate in crafts, performances and workshops with award-winning children’s book authors, artists and educators. 


A global event, invites leading thinkers, scientists, writers, activists, and artists to engage with the theme “Faultlines / Outside the Lines,” centering urban life and development and raising questions about the impact of climate change, new technologies, and social and cultural shifts. This year’s event also offers a heavy dose of civic pride to counter the negative-news blues with programs that are solution-focused and that celebrate the city’s natural wonders, cuisine, and unique history. In addition to the heady topics there will be plenty of levity with stand-up, improv, drag, cabaret, zine-making and a lounge and late-night dance party with DJ Beatific and Giants’ Resident DJ Umani hosted by Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and Value Culture.    


Night of Ideas 2024 is presented by Villa Albertine and Albertine Foundation thanks to the leadership support of the Judy & Peter Blum Kovler Foundation, and with the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. It is coordinated worldwide by the Institut Français. 


Villa Albertine San Francisco thanks BMO for their continued and generous support. 


© Matthias Carette
© Matthias Carette

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