Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin Salon - 18th Century France

Marie Thérèse Rodet Geoffrin’s Salon – 18th Century France

The Liverpool Salon is a new forum for debate on Merseyside. Part of a global network, based in cities as far a field as Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, London, New York and Zurich, the Liverpool Salon fosters thought-provoking, critical conversations around contemporary issues in welcoming and convivial surroundings.

The Salon as a social space began in 17th and 18th Century France for people interested in coming together and discussing the ideas and issues that face us in contemporary society. Though typically organised by aristocratic ladies, Salons were to become central to the intellectual ferment of the end of 18th Century hosting the great thinkers of the time, Diderot, Rousseau, Voltaire and acting as the seeding ground for ideas that would usher in a new age of democracy and freedom: the age of revolutions.

We are launching the Liverpool Salon in homage to these earlier Salons because we share their belief in the importance of people coming together to think, talk and debate in friendly and convivial company. Like them, we believe that ideas are important, if we are to know where the world is going and how we might actively shape the future.

Taking inspiration for the Battle of Ideas, discussions are pitched towards an intelligent, general public and there’s no interesting subject the Liverpool Salon won’t consider. With as many views as there are participants, discussions are often ongoing and carry on more informally in the bar afterwards.

The Salon discussions are open and welcoming. Usually starting with two or three invited speakers presenting their take on a contemporary question, the debate is quickly opened up to contributions from the audience. Moderated by a Chair, the debate is structured to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to speak their minds and that their views are taken seriously and responded to where possible.

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