Students to host Dangerous Ideas Festival in Paris

Week-long event to embrace challenging, thought-provoking and controversial topics in society has been organised by students studying at Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture.

Post-graduate students studying at the University of Kent’s Paris School of Arts and Culture will host the Dangerous Ideas Festival from 3 – 7 June which focuses on embracing and engaging with challenging, thought-provoking and controversial topicsin society.0

The week’s main event is a conference on 4 June that will explore the concept of what makes an idea dangerous and why society should discuss and debate them, and the different ways this can be done such as through painting, poetry, novels, music and other art forms.

Professor Sarah Churchwell, author of Behold America: A History of America First and the American Dream and Dr Lauren Elkin, author of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, are the keynote speakers at the event, which will take place at 4 Rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris.

On Wednesday 5 June there will be a walking tour in Paris centred on the work of film director, photographer and artist Agnès Varda, mixing locations from her films as well as historic locations linked to influential but underrepresented women of Paris.

The week will end on Friday 7 June with a chance to listen to music considered ‘dangerous’ from musicians in Paris, before an open mic evening, giving participants the chance to perform music, poetry and spoken word pieces and share their own dangerous ideas.

More information about some of the other events taking place can be read about on the festival’s website.

The Festival of Dangerous Ideas has been co-directed by Elena Zolotariov, a full-time Master’s student focusing on Tragedy in Modernist works and Sinéad McCausland who is studying for an MA in Film at the Paris School of Arts and Culture.


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