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Streetwise Opera hosts yet another foot-stomping Burns Night Cèilidh

Thank you to everyone who came to our seventh annual Burns Night Cèilidh!

Once again, Streetwise Opera hosted a rip-roaring evening of jigging, reeling and Stripping the Willow at London’s legendary Cecil Sharp House.

We had some brilliant music and calling from the incredibly energetic Ceilidh Tree, who taught us the difference between the Gay Gordons and the Dashing White Sergeant with their usual flair and expertise.

We raised a smashing £8,040, so thank you to everyone who bought a ticket, donated, entered the raffle or left their coat in our cloakroom!

We are delighted to announce that this is the most we’ve ever raised from our annual cèilidh, with all funds going towards our award-winning work supporting people affected by homelessness across the country.

Streetwise Opera provides creative opportunities for people affected by homelessness in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle Gateshead and Teesside. We run a programme of singing and creative workshops in homeless centres and arts venues up to 40 weeks of the year, helping to increase social inclusion and improve wellbeing for some of society’s most marginalised individuals. Find out more about what we do.


Our tickets for the cèilidh sold out in record time, so make sure you sign up to our mailing list to be the first to know when next year’s tickets are released.

If London isn’t your scene, we’ll be hosting our first ever Saint Patrick’s Day Ceili in Newcastle on Friday 13 March. Click here to find out more.

With special thanks to the generous business who donated raffle prizes and made sure that our winners walked away with some fantastic goodies:


Southbank Centre

MacGregor and MacDuff



Primrose Bakery

Extract Coffee

Local Buyer’s Club

If you would like to get involved in any of our events as a business, please contact Clare at or 020 7730 9551.

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Clare Taylor

Clare Taylor

Events and Business Development Coordinator, Streetwise Opera