Welsh National Opera addresses the issues of justice, freedom and human rights through a season of operas, talks, debates, discussions, exhibitions and digital projects.
A warm welcome to our ambitious and wide-ranging FREEDOM Season.
Some of you may find this a troublingly political theme, preferring to think of art, and perhaps especially music, as being something refreshingly free of politics. But that would be to ignore the fact that music and theatre have frequently turned towards the subjects of justice and injustice, and some of the most powerful emotional outbursts in opera come from the mouths of the oppressed, whether it be the Jewish exiles in Nabucco, or the homeless refugees in Martinu’s Greek Passion. Mentioning these two pieces which we are not presenting in this Season reveals that there are indeed many more examples for which we simply could not find space.
The broader point is revealed in the contextual events with which we surround this FREEDOM Season - a series of talks and discussions in which I hope you will feel inspired to participate. Music and theatre may sometimes be arenas for escape from a troubled world. But they are also at the same time places where our human sensibilities and emotions are awakened and nurtured, and the feelings of compassion and empathy, stirred and refreshed by the inspiration of art, are indeed the very bedrock of our political intelligence - a commodity we seem to need now more than ever.
WNO Artistic Director
Talks, discussions and debates
Explore our specially curated immersive exhibition featuring international work from a wide range of acclaimed artists and filmmakers who are inspired and influenced by stories of resilience, identity, hope, liberation and displacement.
Refugee Mobile Kitchen
On selected dates across the FREEDOM season, the Oasis Refugee Mobile Kitchen will be bringing a unique culinary experience to Wales Millennium Centre.
Showcasing exciting, vibrant and interesting cuisines from around the world, the global food trailer is a platform for customers to enjoy unique delicious delicacies from a range of countries, as well meet the people behind the dishes themselves. The Refugee Mobile Kitchen is an opportunity for sharing a common love of all people throughout the globe; food!
The menu will showcase the traditional cuisine of the individuals that work on the Refugee Mobile Kitchen food trailer and may include:
- KooKoo Sabzi: a fragrant Persian herb omelette, packed with fresh dill, coriander, parsley and tangy barberries
- Injera: a West African sourdough pancake that perfectly pairs with a creamy, spiced chickpea stew (Shiro)
- Sudanese Lamb Meatballs: perfectly spiced savoury lamb meatballs in an irresistible tomato and yogurt sauce
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|Sun 23 June||11am-8pm|