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Craft of Film Barbican Melancholia

The Craft of Film

London,Barbican Centre22 Feb - 28 Feb
Have you ever wondered why a film looks, sounds, makes you feel the way it does?  We’re highlighting ten cinematic crafts that are key to a film’s success – from directing to acting to cinematography – with a week of outstanding European films, and extended ScreenTalks and masterclasses, to shine a light on the extraordinary skills and teamwork needed to bring a motion picture to the screen. During these events, film experts talk about their craft, giving us a deeper…
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Orbits: a panel discussion with Entire Theatre Company

London,European Bookshop27 Feb
You’re invited to a panel discussion at the European Bookshop with the writer, director and cast members of the play Orbits. When stars collide. Created by The Entire Theatre Company, Orbits plays at the Drayton Arms Theatre from 21st February – 11th March, Tuesdays – Saturdays, 8pm. The panel discussion is free, but reservations are requested. Please e-mail sms@esb.co.uk  with your reservation. Orbits follows the planet-sized egos of left wing German playwright Bertolt Brecht and Hollywood film star Charles Laughton as they negotiate…

Bizet’s Djamileh: The Unexpected Wagnerite

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall28 Feb
Inside the Score with Lewis Gaston (conductor)  “Bizet: The Pioneer in the Shadows” – 3 part lecture series (bookable individually) Accompanied each week by two of Opera Prelude’s young singers and Laurie O’Brien (piano) Georges Bizet (1838-1875) sits amongst the romantic heroes, not as a character from an opera but as a composer forever the victim of circumstance, misfortune and an early death. Despite the steadfast place Carmen holds within the repertory, Bizet died before the opera achieved the fame…
Contemporary French Theatre: a Perspective

Contemporary French Theatre: a Perspective

London,Institut français in London28 Feb
Meet four of today’s most acclaimed French playwrights, Rémi De Vos, Magali Mougel, Lancelot Hamelin and Adeline Picault, as they have plays published in English translations by Chris Campbell, Literary Manager of The Royal Court Theatre. This event marks the launch of The Oberon Anthology of Contemporary French Plays, a new collection published by Oberon Books. They will be joined by translator Chris Campbell. Campbell read English and French at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He is the Literary Manager at…
Britain, Brexit and the EU: was this a love affair gone wrong or always an unhappy marriage of convenience?

LSE European Institute: Britain, Brexit and the EU

London,Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE6 Mar
“Britain, Brexit and the EU: was this a love affair gone wrong or always an unhappy marriage of convenience?” There are umpteen explanations for the Brexit vote. Was it the banking crisis? Or was it Henry VIII? Or the shifting tectonic plates that cut us off from the continent in the first place? The story of Britain and the EU has been complicated, controversial and ultimately sad. Hear the story and bring your own tissues. LSE welcomes Sir Stephen Wall…
Carmen: the immortal legacy of Bizet’s short life

Carmen: the immortal legacy of Bizet’s short life

London,Royal Court Theatre7 Mar
“Bizet: The Pioneer in the Shadows” is a 3-part lecture series on Georges Bizet, accompanied each week by two of Opera Prelude’s young singers and Laurie O’Brien (piano). In this edition, we go inside the score with Lewis Gaston (conductor), accompanied by Rosie Clifford (mezzo) and Richard Dowling (tenor). In this last lecture of the series, we end with the composer’s signature piece, Carmen (1875). With the chorus on strike due to the difficulty of the opera’s music, an out…

Martinů in His Time – A Biographical Survey of the Early Recordings

London,Embassy of the Slovak Republic7 Mar
A lecture by Patrick Lambert, based on his latest book. The  writer, broadcaster and lecturer on music Patrick Lambert worked for BBC Radio 3 as a music producer for 25 years. He has a special interest in Czech music, particularly Janáček and Martinů. His conference papers on both composers have been published and in the early 1980s he devised a ground-breaking programme about Janáček’s Intimate Letters String Quartet. He will be illustrating his talk with some of the rare and…
Great Hispanists Series: Sebastian Balfour

Great Hispanists Series: Sebastian Balfour

London,Instituto Cervantes London – new address off the Strand9 Mar
In our series dedicated to great Hispanists we present Prof. Sebastian Balfour, in dialogue with the director of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Dr Julio Crespo McLennan. Professor Emeritus of Hispanic Studies at the London School of Economics, Sebastian Balfour was born in 1941. His main interest has focused on the study of the twentieth century Spanish history and contemporary Spanish politics, in particular the architecture of the Spanish state and regional government. The question of national identity cover a…
Opera Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

Opera Masterclass with Susanna Stranders

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall14 Mar
In a world of endless auditions, it is rare to receive any tangible feedback from those making the casting decisions. Singers look to their coaches and teachers for advice but these people aren’t the ones on the casting panel choosing who to hire and fire! This masterclass will see three of our singers working with Susanna Stranders, the Head of Music at Garsington Opera. She is also a senior vocal coach at an array of conservatories, works regularly for the…
The French presidential election: implications for France and Europe

The French presidential election: implications for France and Europe

London,LSE14 Mar
After recent volatile events in the UK and USA there is much attention focused on the upcoming presidential election in France. What might be the consequences of the election for French politics and the future course of Europe? LSE’s European Institute presents a talk with Dr Françoise Boucek, professor Christian Lequesne, and John Peet. This discussion will be chaired by professor Sara Hobolt. Françoise Boucek is a Lecturer in European Politics in the School of Politics and International Relations at…

The Road to Somewhere: the populist revolt and the future of politics

London,London School of Economics and Political Science20 Mar
Greater economic and cultural openness in the West has not worked for all citizens. Among those who’ve benefitted least, a populist politics of culture and identity has risen to challenge the traditional politics of left and right, creating a new division: between the mobile ‘achieved’ identity of the people from Anywhere, and the more marginalised, roots-based identity of the people from Somewhere. This value divide helps to account for the Brexit vote in Britain, the election of Donald Trump, the…
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Becca Marriott : “The diva and the divas – Tosca and the women who have sung her”

London,Caversham Room, Cadogan Hall21 Mar
In this lecture, soprano Becca Marriott will examine one of the most iconic and misinterpreted heroines of the opera tradition: Tosca, the titular character from the opera by Giacomo Puccini. The lecture explores what drives her character and how the best-loved (and hated) divas of the past 125 years have created and interpreted her. Referencing Puccini’s letters, Sardou’s tragic play and the opera’s historic context as well as the performances of singers such as Callas and Darclèe (for whom the…
Architecture and Gardening: Sister Arts - English and Czech Perspectives

Architecture and Gardening: Sister Arts – English and Czech Perspectives

Buckingham,Stowe School5 Apr - 7 Apr
Join the Stowe House for two-day seminar looking at the resurgence of two key historic estates: Stowe in the United Kingdom and Lednice-Valtice in the Czech Republic. With lectures from leading experts in the field, this seminar with guided tours will draw together ideas and experiences from two countries to establish links and best practice.
Egypt and Czech Egyptologists

Egypt and Czech Egyptologists

London,Embassy of the Slovak Republic5 Apr
This lecture by Suzanne Bojtos of Birkbeck College highlights the important but little-known contribution made by Czech archaeologists to the study of Ancient Egypt. Beautifully illustrated, this lecture is based on the life and work of Prof. Jaroslav Černý, a student of František Lexa in Prague during the First Republic. Černý spent many years excavating Deir el Medina, the village housing the craftsmen who cut and decorated the tombs in the Valley of the Kings. His studies of hieroglyphs and expertise in various aspects of the…

Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2017)

Dublin,Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge24 Apr - 27 Apr
Ireland International Conference on Education (IICE-2017) April 24-27, 2017 Clayton Hotel Ballsbridge Dublin, Ireland http://www.iicedu.org ******************************************************************* The IICE is an international refereed conference dedicated to the advancement of the theory and practices in education. The IICE promotes collaborative excellence between academicians and professionals from Education. The aim of IICE is to provide an opportunity for academicians and professionals from various educational fields with cross-disciplinary interests to bridge the knowledge gap, promote research esteem and the evolution of pedagogy. The IICE…
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