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8 Nov 2019 18:30 - 20:30

Care for the Soul - Jan Patočka and the arts

For the Czech philosopher Jan Patočka (1907-1977), the arts and culture lay at the heart of a healthy and self-questioning civil society. This exciting live event will explore and celebrate these ideas through poetry, music and fine art. Thanks to his contributions to phenomenology and the philosophy of history he is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the 20th century.

A distinguished panel of English-speaking experts will include Ivan Chvatik (director of the Patočka Archive), Vladimir Urbánek (from the Comenius Institute), and Michaela Belejkaničová, whose research is into Patočka and his ideas.

The event will also feature a live performance of Beethoven’s Quartet No 15 in A Minor, Op 132 (one of Patočka’s favourite pieces of music), and readings of poetry in English translation written by the acclaimed Czech poets Vladimir Holan and Karel Hynek Mácha. The event will also feature images by the Czech artist Mikuláš Medek and collages by Jiří Kolář, a friend of Patočka.

Discover fascinating new cultural experiences and an inspiring new approach to the role of the arts and culture in the 21st Century! 

Tickets £10 (plus booking fee)

Evening Programme:

18:30 Doors open - guests arrive
19:00 Poetry reading: Vladimir Holan & Translation
19:05  Graham Henderson, welcomes audience 
19:10  Ivan Chvatik on Patočka, Masaryk and Nemcova 
19:20  Poetry reading - May by Karel Hynek Mácha 
19:25  Vladimir Urbánek (Acta Comeniana) on Patočka, Comenius, and Jan Palach 
19:35  Beethoven String Quartet No 12 Op 127 in E flat major, Movements 1 and 2, performed by The Echea Quartet
19:55  Patočka and the arts: Erin Plunkett 
20:05  Thanks and farewell from Graham Henderson
20:10  Beethoven String Quartet No 12 Op 127 in E flat major, Movements 3 and 4, performed by The Echea Quartet 


You may also be interested in attending the conference being held earlier on the same day 'Jan Patočka and the grounds for political action: phenomenology, the arts, and civil society' 




The Chancellor's Hall, First Floor, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU


8 Nov 2019 18:30 - 20:30


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