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Black History Month 2020

The Royal Opera House shares a range of activities with audiences and staff to celebrate Black History Month.

By Alex Beard (Chief Executive)
Friday 2 October 2020, 4.19pm

This month we celebrate Black artistry and artistic diversity. We believe that opera and music, ballet and dance should belong to everyone and we are working to make the Royal Opera House a more inclusive environment in which everyone – artists, visitors, staff – can thrive.

We are proud to highlight the events and activities that we have planned, both for our audiences and for our staff (on the initiative of our internal Diversity and Inclusion Network).

We hope you will celebrate Black History Month with us.

Alex Beard

Chief Executive

Black History Month Insight

We will be presenting a special evening during October to celebrate Black artists working in our art forms, drawing upon their reflections and personal histories, as well as a discussion about where we are today and where we need to be in the future. More information will be released soon, including about how to access the event online.

Kenneth Tharp, who has in the course of his career been director of the Africa Centre, a dance artist and Chief Executive of The Place, has kindly agreed to host an Insight event in the Linbury Theatre, at which some of The Royal Ballet's dancers will talk about the artists of African or Caribbean heritage who have influenced them.

More information will be released soon, including how to access the events online.

Instagram Takeover

Stay tuned to our social media channels to learn more about the Black artists and creatives that we are celebrating this month. Our Instagram takeover is the initiative of The Royal Ballet Inclusivity Focus Group.