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  • A new investment opportunity
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    Over the last 12 months the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation has been working on an innovative business plan designed to attract new investment into the arts, something that puts it at the cutting edge of attempts to create a more resilient, dynamic and entrepreneurial arts and cultural sector. For more information click here.
  • Focus on cross-arts work
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    Although inspired by two poets, the Rimbaud and Verlaine Foundation is proud to be an organisation working across many different art forms. Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine are perhaps ideal figureheads for an organisation championing this kind of cross arts approach, and their influence has been felt in all of the commissions which the organisation has done so far, and which have included poetry, fine art, jazz, and theatre. In 2018 the Foundation hopes to attract funding to, amongst other things, an original chamber opera, and an innovative puppet show. It believes that the time has come for…
  • Kindred Spirits
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    This extraordinary network of European poetry houses was established by the Foundation in 2015 and became a vehicle for an application for an EU Large Cooperation Grant in the autumn of that year. The Foundation was all set to resubmit its application in 2016, with every chance of success, when the BREXIT vote intervened. As a result, the Board of the charity decided that it was no longer sensible to place EU funding at the centre of the organisation’s future strategy. The Foundation nevertheless is keen to build on the fantastic relationships it is established with its ‘poetry house’ partners…
  • Rock for Rimbaud
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    This is perhaps one of the most exciting initiatives launched by the Foundation during its first 3 years. The idea of using the Rimbaud and Verlaine brand to provide platforms for up and coming Rock, Folk and World Music musicians, is perhaps one of the boldest and most exciting ideas to emerge from our community. And it was very much a community effort, as the Rock for Rimbaud manifesto shows. In a recent expansion of Foundations Business Plan a whole new strand was added designed to attract investment to what will effectively be a music promotion business sitting within the digital arts busi…
  • Poetry House Live
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    This live theatre commission was originally the subject of a successful Arts Council England application for Grants for the Arts funding in 2016 and provides a fantastic example of how great original work can grow and develop in many different new directions. The funding we received from ACE was sufficient to commission 7 talented up-and-coming playwrights from all over Europe to write short 15-minute pieces telling the stories of different poets and their houses. These pieces combined into a full-length theatre show exploring the many aspects of the poet’s life and significance performed at a…
  • Jan Patoçka and care for the soul
    Posted on Feb 9, 2018
    Although this does not have anything to do strictly with the work of the Foundation, Graham Henderson has been heavily influenced in his work in the arts over the last 15 years by the ideas of the Czech philosopher, Jan Patoçka. A leading phenomenologist, who took the ideas of his hero Socrates as a starting point, Patoçka was one of the most influential philosophical voices of the 20th century. Most famous for being a signatory to the Charter 77 document calling for respect for human rights in the former Czechoslovakia, Patoçka was subject to harsh interrogation and died soon after, a martyr …