The Green Night of Ideas in Ireland

Date 26.01.2021 - 28.02.2021
Organiser The French Embassy in Ireland
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The Night of Ideas is a global initiative by Institut Français taking place worldwide on Thursday 28th January 2021 and will focus on the theme: “Closer”. Guests from diverse backgrounds will gather to discuss the theme all across the five continents.

Galway 2020 is delighted to partner with The French Embassy in Ireland on The Green Night of Ideas 2021 a programme entirely dedicated to climate change featuring a series of digital screenings and debates taking place in January and February 2021.  This year for the first time there will be a Schools Project to involve young people to debate in class thanks to a special free screening and study guide.

All events are presented by the French Embassy in Ireland in association with the Alliance Française Network, Institut Français and Irish cultural partners:



“Spread Your Wings” ( Donne-moi des ailes)’
by Nicolas Vanier
Presented in association with Pálás Cinema and Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture

31 January 2021, 5pm
Available until 28th February to viewers in Ireland only
In French with English subtitles
Admission Free with Registration here. Limited tickets available
You will be emailed your code to watch the film for free. Following your registration for a ticket, you will receive an email with instructions on how to sign up to the host platform (free of charge) and your code to watch the film for free.

Based on an incredible true story, Spread Your Wings follows videogame-addicted teenager Thomas who is sent by his mother, Paola, to spend the school holidays with his father, Christian, in the beautiful, yet secluded, wetlands of the Camargue region in Southern France. Christian is a visionary scientist who studies migrating geese. For his teenage son Thomas, the idea of spending a summer holiday alone with his father on a farm in the middle of nowhere, is a nightmare. However, father and son begin to bond as they come together on a madcap plan – to save an endangered species of geese. With Christian’s pilot skills and an ultra-light aircraft, they begin preparations for an extraordinary and perilous journey – the pair plan to lead the geese they’ve raised onto new and safer migration routes, guiding them to Norway. Revolving around this familial dynamic, Spread Your Wings gently echoes the broader international rise of young activists debating the future of a planet they are about to inherit. Highlighting how even the smallest gestures can have a huge impact, it is a beautiful adventure film that the whole family will love.





by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Presented in association with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and the consular agencies of France in Galway and Limerick.

3-12 February 2021
Free Online Screening
to watch it in English Book Here
to watch it in French Book Here
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Also available to schools in Ireland
Free Study guide in French and in English
For Schools only please register here:

Home is a 2009 documentary directed by French photographer, reporter and environmentalist Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by Luc Besson. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows how tightly linked Man and nature are, and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet. The English version of the film is narrated by Glenn Close.



“Legacy”  (2020)
by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Presented in association with Galway 2020 European Capital of Culture and the consular agencies of France in Galway and Limerick.

4-28 February 2021 –  bookings opening soon
Free Online Screening
In French with English subtitles
Book Your Free Ticket here

Ten years after “Home”, Yann Arthus-Bertrand returns with “Legacy”, a powerful cry from the heart. He shares a sensitive and radical vision of our world, which he has seen deteriorate over the course of a generation, and reveals a suffering planet, a confused humanity unable to take seriously the threat weighing on it and on all living things. It is an emergency: everyone can and must take strong action for the planet’s future for our children.

“Legacy, our heritage” is Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s new documentary film, looking back on fifty years of the famous photographer’s commitment to ecology. A must-see film to realize the beauty of our planet and the climate emergency. During the film, Yann Arthus-Bertrand returns to the bases of humanity to try to summarize how our planet has almost reached the point of no return in matters of ecology, by dint of denials and renouncements. “We must come to terms with nature“, launches the man, who turns once again into a whistleblower on the subject.


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