With One Voice (2012)
Royal Opera House (July 2012)
With One Voice was an unprecedented occasion: the first time in history that an event for homeless people was part of official Olympic celebrations. Part of the London 2012 Festival and hosted by the Royal Opera House, With One Voice saw 300 performers who had experience of homelessness come together from around the UK to showcase their talents. Echoing the international ethos of the Olympic Games, the event also featured films made by and about homeless people from around the world and helped to start to the first ever global network of arts and homelessness organisations.
A behind-the-scenes documentary about WIth One Voice - a performance showcase of 300 people who had experienced homelessness at the Royal Opera House on 2 July 2012. Part of the London 2012 Festival and in partnership with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and Homeless Link, this was the first offical platform for homeless people in Olympic history. For more info visit with1voice.org.uk
'To be able to highlight the creativity and expression of homeless people is very powerful. It's about time that homeless people were given this kind of platform – it's an opportunity to break down prejudices.'
Paul Hawkins, Vita Nova
'The event... is the first time that homeless people have been given a platform at an Olympic Games.
'The Floral Hall rang to the sound of rap collectives and choirs; the Crush bar, with its imposing gilt walls, sconces, velvet chaises and glittering chandeliers, hosted poets and songwriters.'