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Monday, 22 October 2018

With One Voice becomes an independent charity

The Rio Homeless Choir performs on the steps of the Municipal Theatre of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Uma So Voz Week. Photo: Lorena Mossa.
The Rio Homeless Choir performs on the steps of the Municipal Theatre
of Rio de Janeiro during the 2016 Uma So Voz Week. Photo: Lorena Mossa.
With One Voice the international arts and homeless movement, founded by Streetwise Opera, that aims to strengthen the sector through exchanges in practice and policy, arose out of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London, where 300 performers took part in a showcase event at the Royal Opera House, the first time in Olympic history that a platform had been given to people who are or have been homeless. Now One Voice is set to become an independent charity, headed by Matt Peacock the founder of Streetwise Opera. Matt will leave his role as artistic director of Streetwise Opera and the company, led by co-executive directors Susie Gorgeous and Bridget Rennie will recruit a new artistic director.

Since 2012 With One Voice has gone on to facilitate exchanges at the 2016 Rio Olympics, in Japan, the US and Canada. In November this year, With One Voice will host a four-day summit and week-long festival in Manchester, with over 250 delegates from fifteen countries. Half of the summit’s delegate places will be given free to people who are or have been homeless. Further information from the With One Voice website.

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