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Care for the Soul

Senate House - Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
Nov 08th 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

An evening of poetry and music celebrating 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 his ideas through poetry, music and fine art. Thanks to his contributions to phenomenology and the philosophy of history Patočka 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 by the Echéa Quartet of Beethoven’s Quartet No 12 in E flat Major, Op 127 (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!

....and why not also check out the conference earlier on the same day (see below for details).

The conference is being put on in collaboration with the University of London (Senate House) and the Institute of Modern Language Research.

A full programme of the evening's events can be found at

How to Book

The event will be held from 6.30pm on Friday 8th November at Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU.

Tickets cost £10 plus booking fee and can be bought at

The Care for the Soul event follows on directly from the Jan Patočka – and the grounds for political action academic conference taking place from 9.00-5.30pm on the same day, also at the Senate House. If you are interested in attending the conference you can register here. All welcome!