In 2018, Opera North became the first opera company in the UK to be awarded Theatre of Sanctuary status. The accolade recognises the steps being taken by organisations to ensure refugees and those seeking sanctuary in the city feel included, valued and celebrated through increased accessibility to the arts.
Being a Theatre of Sanctuary is a continuous responsibility and, through our ongoing work with refugees and sanctuary seekers in Leeds and surrounding areas, we look to ensure everyone can enjoy the life-enhancing benefits which music and performance can bring.
“Over the years, Opera North have gone above and beyond to ensure that people who have fled to the UK from war and persecution have found sanctuary and welcome. They have reached out into communities to ensure the many joys of the opera can be experienced by all, including those who too often find themselves isolated and excluded from much of society.”
– Mary Brandon, City of Sanctuary