Opera North Projects

Dare Liberty Lectures

Inaugurated in 2011, the DARE Liberty Lectures explore some of the most significant topics at the heart of contemporary society.

What do we mean by liberty, what are we prepared to sacrifice in order to achieve it and what do we expect from it once it is here? Leading intellectuals and practitioners share their perspectives and experiences on these questions.

DARE, the partnership between Opera North and the University of Leeds, opens up the debate with a series of specially commissioned public lectures at the Howard Assembly Room. These fit alongside a broader program of discussions and performances exploring the myths and realities of liberty, asking what are our hopes, dreams and nightmares for the concept in our lifetimes.

Performance history

Gareth Peirce – 15TH April 2011

The human rights lawyer presented her thoughts on imprisonment, torture, secrecy and the possibility for justice in the 21st Century.

Tariq Ali – 21st April 2011

A writer, filmmaker and political campaigner, Tariq Ali discussed the impact of war over the last century and his own experience of US bombing raids in Hanoi and Thanh Hoa during the Vietnam War.

Simon Critchley – 9th June 2012

In a lecture titled 'Is This What Democracy Looks Like?' Simon Critchley examined the world we live in post 9/11 and the significance of the events of the Arab Spring and the OCCUPY movement. Chaired by Dr Brad Evans, Lecturer in Political Violence at the University of Leeds

Zygmunt Bauman – 5th June 2013

One of Europe’s most prominent intellectuals, Professor Bauman gave a specially commissioned lecture on contemporary society titled ‘Martyr to Hero to Celebrity’.

Seumas Milne – 22nd May 2014

In this special talk Guardian journalist Seumas Milne explored the astonishing lengths to which the government and its intelligence machine were prepared to destroy the power of Britain’s National Union of Mines.

Paul Mason – 4th June 2014

Paul Mason looked at how the economic crisis, social networking and a new political consciousness have come together to ignite a new generation of radicals and what the future holds.                                                                                                       

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