300 people with experience of homelessness to perform at the Royal Opera House
With One Voice festival to show the power of the arts to uplift and inspire.
On 2 July over 300 people who have experience homelessness from around the world will come together for With One Voice, a one-night festival featuring choral singing, opera and theatre performances, as well as poetry and film.
The event, created by award-winning charity Streetwise Opera, is part of the London 2012 Festival and will be the first time a platform has been given to homeless people during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Acts that applied both nationally and internationally included Svetlana and Alina, a mother and daughter vocal duet from Romania, and Merger, a hip-hop collective from Bristol. Organisations such as Singers of the Street and Cardboard Citizens will also be represented.
Of the project, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House Tony Hall said:
We see very regularly, both here in the theatre and through our community work, the power that the arts have to uplift, inspire and transform people’s lives, and it’s wonderful to be able to celebrate the work of Streetwise Opera and the other partners in this way.”
It’s sure to be a moving and inspirational experience for participants and audience, and if performing at the Royal Opera House wasn’t daunting enough, the production is going to be streamed live online to a world-wide audience at www.with1voice.org.uk. The live relay will be coordinated by Open Cinema, an organisation that works with homeless people through film.
A documentary about the production and the experiences of those involved will be shown online on The Space after the event. Details of this will be announced in due course.