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:
Jul 24th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
A look at the creativity of dance and ask how it connects with our creative humanity, and how ideas are communicated through dance as a medium.
Jun 26th 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Acclaimed director and choreographer Struan Leslie talks about his circus version of Illuminations by Benjamin Britten, a setting of part of the poems by Arthur Rimbaud.
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