Since its launch in late 2013, the R&V Foundation has held successful events in both the UK and in France designed to raise awareness of its work, celebrate poetry and Anglo-French cultural exchange, and promote the creation of the ‘poetry house’ at No 8 Royal College Street. Events already run by the Foundation include the following:
May 22nd 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Explore the relationships between the Ravel and his librettists, impresarios and performers, drawing on original staging materials and plenty of lively correspondence. In tracing the intensely practical business of staging operas, the discussion sheds new light on the life and work of this most enigmatic and fascinating of composers.
Apr 24th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Jan Patočka (1907-1977) was a Czech philosopher and phenomenologist and is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of the 20 th century. Care for the soul lies at the heart of Patočka’s thought. With his exploration of the basis of a shared European identity, his emphasis on freedom and truth, on the value of the arts, and on the importance of civil society, Patočka’s ideas are now more relevant than ever.
Jan 09th 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Featuring the acclaimed contemporary poet Jane Duran this event took place against the backdrop of the DRIFT art show, featuring work by the distinguished contemporary artists Lluis Lleó, Suki Jobson, Simon Allison and Phillip Hunt
Nov 22nd 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Charles Baudelaire was the original flâneur poet, embodying the spirit of the curious wanderer. One hundred and fifty years after his death, join Poet in the City and the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation as we traverse the psychogeography of the city and explore the extraordinary impact of this writer through discussion and poetry.
We will be joined by modern day Professors Helen Abbott, Matthew Beaumont, Flâneuse Lauren Elkin and performance artist Dylan Read to tell the story of the father of flâneurie and celebrate his resounding legacy.
Mingle with us amongst the crowd on the boulevard...
The Cockpit Theatre
Nov 09th 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
An original, multimedia theatrical show, featuring short mini-plays written by seven of Europe’s most exciting young playwrights, celebrating the houses once occupied by famous poets, and exploring the stories that took place within their walls.