Get Close to Opera

Europe. 2017 to 2019


The GET CLOSE TO OPERA project will develop and promote inclusive and multicultural arts education and training programmes seeking to support best practice in migrant and refugee contexts. The training methodology will use Howard Gardner’s Multiple Intelligence Theory and focus on Opera as the delivery artform.

GET CLOSE TO OPERA brings together a partnership of organisations from across Europe – Materahub (Italy), L’albero (Italy), Opera Circus (UK), Fundacio Privada Promocio d’Escoles (Spain), University of Patras (Greece), European Network of Migrant Women (Belgium) and RESEO (Belgium).

GET CLOSE TO OPERA is inspired by opera as an artform that embraces multiple languages and engages it’s audiences emotionally through music. We believe that through opera we can unleash the potential to reach across barriers, creatively communicate, and explore what we have in common.

GET CLOSE TO OPERA recognises the wide range of activity that has already been created in this context, and seeks to engage with opera houses, opera companies, singers, musicians, opera creatives, dancers, actors, cultural mediators, facilitators working through the arts in migrant and refugee contexts, and educators interested in non-formal education methodologies.

Over the next two years until 2019, we will develop and test with them a new methodology, which applies the Theory of Multiple Intelligence to Opera. After a preparatory research phase, we will design an innovative training programme for educators and trainers, which will take place in Matera (Italy) in 2019. We will then apply the methodology developed through a series of pilot actions involving migrants and refugees that will be carried out in Italy, Spain, Greece, Belgium and United Kingdom.

We will try to open the doors of Opera Houses reshaping them into laboratories for inclusion and social innovation, cultural exchanges and learning. For everybody.

We will share our experience and our tools on an online platform open with all those who wish to experiment and share the GET CLOSE TO OPERA methodology throughout all Europe.

In the next few months, RESEO will be asking members to take part in a survey, will be seeking members to interview, and also giving members the chance to take part in training.