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Vladimír Hanzel’s Listening Disco

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: January 31, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

Vladimír Hanzel was for 14 years secretary to Václav Havel, both as a dissident and as president, and is also an expert on music.

He was responsible for official and unofficial contact with musicians. He organised a musical evening with Bill Clinton at Reduta jazz club (1994), was co-organiser of the first ever mega-concert in this country, an appearance by the Rolling Stones at Strahov stadium (1990), and helped set up and took part in Havel’s personal meetings with the Velvet Underground, Mstislav Rostropovich, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Tina Turner, Pink Floyd, Sinéad O’Connor, Sting, Lou Reed and many, many more.

Vladimír Hanzel will discuss those subjects and more and play examples of the music concerned.

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Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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