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The London Encounter is an annual cultural fes val involving exhibi ons, presenta ons and discussions which provoke us to ask: What do we truly desire? What are we living for? How can we best face the challenges of life? It is an invita on to a dialogue for people of all backgrounds and experiences. Follow us on Facebook: /TheLondonEncounter Twi er: @LondonEncounter

The London Encounter is a cultural event with profound Catholic roots. This British festival is inspired by an event which has taken place in Italy for four decades - the ‘Rimini Meeting’, as it is known; its attendees form the largest annual movement of humans on the planet. The theme of this year’s London Encounter is

The Human Being: A Paradox of Freedom

. The day involves exhibitions, presentations and discussions, but most of all, the opportunity to encounter fellow travellers in the adventure of life. It is an invitation to a dialogue for people of all backgrounds and experiences. The London Encounter takes place in the City of London at etc.venues, 200 Aldersgate, EC1A 4HD from 10.00am onwards. Admission is free. “It is so dif*icult not living on a treadmill: we need to help each other. The idea of The London Encounter…stems from the desire to live differently. And this is what we look for in today’s event: an encounter with people, fellow travellers in this adventure which life is.” - introductory remarks from the original London Encounter, 2014


Being: A Paradox of Freedom

, the former Archbishop of Canterbury and the Patron of The London Encounter. Speakers will include George Corbett

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, Senior Lecturer in Theology and the Arts at the University of St Andrews;

Aleksandr Filonenko

, Professor of Cultural Theory, Philosophy of Science and Theology at V.N. Karazin Kharkin National University; and Heather Richardson

, CEO of St Christopher’s Hospice, London. A panel discussion in the afternoon will look at the question of freedom and work, considering whether it is possible, despite ever-greater job insecurity and global competition, to experience personal ful

This exhibition to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI is inspired by the works of David Jones. His epic poem

In Parenthesis portrays a story of camaraderie in the face of inhuman danger in the trenches and a freedom where it was most unforeseen. Jones re

Anthony Bloom, the writer and broadcaster, was Metropolitan Bishop of the Russian Orthodox Church. His vocation began as a doctor and monk in France, then as a priest, and ultimately as a bishop in Britain. For years, his was the free voice of an oppressed church, bound to silence in the atheistic Soviet Union. This exhibition follows the remarkable story of his vocation, marked by encounters and freedom, which opened the path to a deeper understanding of humanity and reality. The London Encounter will conclude in the evening with the premiere of the play The Grand Inquisitor

. This new one-act play is a dramatisation of Dostoevsky’s tale of free will from his masterpiece

Brothers Karamazov.

A long-awaited reunion between two brothers quickly turns to talk of the eternal questions, and the gift - or curse? - of human freedom. More details can be found on the website:

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