31 january 2022
The Night of Ideas is a key moment in French culture in Europe and around the world with concerts, meetings and debates.
This 7th edition, which began on January 27 in several cities, is marked by the beginning of the French presidency of the European Union. The theme: "(Re)building together" resonates with the essence and the message of the Centre Européen de Musique as well as the fight of Jorge Chaminé, its president and founder for a cultural Europe.
Jean-Christophe Ploquin, correspondent of the newspaper La Croix in Lisbon, reported on the beginnings of this "festival of thought" in the capital "of the seven hills" and in his article of January 28 addressed a wink to the founding president of the Centre Européen de Musique: "For the Spanish-Portuguese baritone Jorge Chaminé, founder and chairman of the Centre Européen de Musique in Bougival, close to Paris, is not music the heart of the European culture? The Night of Ideas began with music in Lisbon and was organized within the Calouste-Gulbenkian Foundation, a partner of the CEM. The foundation's symphony orchestra, conducted by Rita Castro Blanco, played works by Mozart, Debussy, Rossini, and the Portuguese composer Joly Braga Santos.
"Music in all things''
Music was also present during the opening speech of Carlos Moedas, mayor of Lisbon. The mayor referred to Jorge Chaminé and his fight for a Europe of culture with music at the heart of its identity (video below, from 42').
There was a resonance between the words of Jorge Chaminé and the theme of the Night of Ideas 2022 which is "(Re)building together" chosen "to explore the resilience and reconstruction of societies facing singular challenges, the solidarities and cooperations between individuals, groups and states, the mobilization of civil societies and the challenges of building and making our objects". During his wishes for the year 2022, the president-founder of the CEM declared: "Culture, and in particular music, are today vectors of belonging but also of recovery and sovereignty. It is only by becoming aware of our diversity, our crossroads, our heritage, our languages, our traditions, that we will be able to offer it to future generations of Europeans, not simply as a historical past but, above all, as a lived cultural and musical experience. The "Music in all things" will be the proof, because of its history, because of its capacity to marry opposites and, given its hybridity, to be able to offer us new creations that are the result.''
Carlos Moedas spoke in June 2021 at the Centre Européen de Musique conference (video above). He mentioned in particular "Europe has two major deficits, an identity deficit and a growth deficit. Music is linked to the solution of these two European deficits''. This convinced European insists on the fact that "it is by telling our common story that we strengthen our identity''. He evokes the figure of Pauline Viardot, who helps us understand the union of Europe around a culture of music.
More information on the official website of the Night of Ideas