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22 October - 13 November
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Bhekizizwe: Promoting diversity and understanding of immigration through opera.

What’s on offer?

This event will be based around a showing of the film of Bhekizizwe, an operatic monodrama by Mkhululi Mabija (librettist) and Robert Fokkens (composer), produced by Opera’r Ddraig in 2021. The event will include a small interactive exhibition, the film showing, and a facilitated discussion around the themes of the piece, including immigration, diversity and racism, with a panel of speakers inlcuding Tony Hendrickson and Themba Mvula. 

What’s it about?

The event seeks to explore the key themes of the opera – immigration, racism, diversity – and to contribute to both public understanding and the development of a positive public conversation around these issues, particularly in the arts sector.

Who’s leading the event?

Robert Fokkens, Senior Lecturer in Composition at Cardiff University 

Open to

This is open to all over-16s.

Of particular interest to

Those interested in the performing arts and in the issues the piece explores. We are particularly keen to engage audiences outside the traditional opera-going community, and will target our marketing to achieve that.