Streetwise Opera

Streetwise Opera

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Housing and homelessness

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National - England


Homelessness is a complex issue that requires a range of joined-up approaches to solve. Frontline services are vital, however people need more than a bed and a roof to recover from homelessness; they need to feel that they are seen and heard, and they need to know that they have a legitimate place in society.

People who are or have been homeless are often socially isolated and have suffered a range of difficult experiences. The creative arts are a positive way for people to build confidence and skills and become part of a supportive and creative community.

Music is a universal language that has the power to bridge differences and affect us on a deeper level than other forms of communication, and research has shown that singing in particular has significant physical and mental health benefits.

We also believe that involving a wider range of people who are not usually invited to participate in the making of opera enriches the art form, and challenges the public’s perceptions of what people who are homeless can achieve, and of opera.

Our social impact aims are to improve wellbeing and build social inclusion for the people who take part in our work. We have a robust and detailed evaluation framework which enables us to measure and demonstrate the difference we make and progress against our aims. Our monitoring tools include surveys and focus groups, and collecting information from participants, partner centres and staff.


We deliver free weekly singing and creative workshops to people with lived experience of homelessness at Southbank Centre in London, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester and Nottingham Playhouse in Nottingham. 

These free sessions, open to anyone with experience of homelessness, are a great opportunity to sing and have fun, explore exciting stories and characters, and meet new people.

We also deliver singing and creative workshops in a series of frontline settings, including homeless shelters and homelessness support centres. 

We run long-term artistic projects that inspire and empower participants through the co-creation of bold, revolutionary opera, and that provide performance opportunities for people with lived experience of homelessness. 

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