Whether you’re familiar with Nietzsche’s philosophy or merely recognise his name, our special series of events provides a fascinating insight into who he was and what he thought. If you wish to view our Nietzsche Study Day suggested readings, please click the button below.

Suggested advance reading

I Am Dynamite!

1 – 2pm

What do we really know about Friedrich Nietzsche, beyond the moustache, the scowl and a vague feeling he’s pretty sinister? Sue Prideaux sets the tone for the afternoon with an introduction to this brilliant, eccentric and much misunderstood man.

There Are No Facts

2.15 – 3.15pm

‘That which does not kill us, makes us stronger’. Like Shakespeare, Nietzsche’s facility with words means that his phrases have passed into the fabric of our language. Philosopher Julian Baggini (How the World Thinks) and biographer Sue Prideaux (I Am Dynamite!) unpack some of the most widely recognised Nietzsche aphorisms and explain the philosophy behind them.

Without Music, Life Would Be A Mistake

3.30 – 4.15pm

Not many people know that philosophy was second best for Nietzsche – he really wanted to be a composer. He adored Wagner and his work inspired both Strauss and Mahler. Broadcaster Stephen Johnson (How Shostakovich Changed My Mind) explores Nietzsche’s passion for music, with a live performance.

Nietzsche And Fascism

4.30 – 5.30pm

The rise of Trump and resurgence of the far right who take inspiration from Nietzsche’s philosophy makes the need to engage with his ideas urgent again. Political theorist Hugo Drochon (Nietzsche’s Great Politics) and cultural historian Lucy Hughes-Hallett (The Pike – Gabriele d’Annunzio) interrogate his influence on fascist ideology, his notoriety in political discourse and the question of how responsible he was for those who twisted his philosophy to suit their aims. Chaired by Oliver Balch.


Town Hall, Pillar Room

The Town Hall, situated on Imperial Gardens in the centre of Cheltenham comprises of a Grand Main Hall, distinguished by its Corinthian styles columns and coved ceiling. The Main Hall is accompanied by dining and drawing rooms, as well as the Pillar Room bar.

The venue’s early 20th century Edwardian elegance makes it the classic ‘shoebox’ concert hall. With a seating capacity of 900, the Town Hall is perfectly suited to grand symphony orchestra performances with a thrilling impact.

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