OperAffinity believes in the impact music has on children’s development. In fact, studies have found that music positively impacts the development of children’s intellectual, social-emotional and language skills while bringing happiness and a feeling of freedom. Arts engagement can help children and young people in an education setting to thrive.
The workshops provide a relaxed, interactive & fun introduction to opera and classical music that the children are able to participate in that ask them to use their imagination and become involved in the process of not only performing, but also being part of the music making process.
OperAffinity work with children from economic hardships, including children from refugee camps, disability centres and terminally ill children. Our music workshops provide a relaxed interactive introduction to opera and classical music, giving children the opportunity to participate in a genre of music that is both exciting and inspiring.
Opera and classical music performed live is a hugely thrilling experience and is especially important when the outcome inclines people to a higher aspiration, greater sympathy, or more profound self-knowledge. At OperAffinity, we believe all youth should have the opportunity to experience this, no matter their background. The charity's ambition is to widen access to opera and classical music and challenge perceptions and stereotypes by ensuring its workshops are provided in a fresh and innovative manner by passionate and talented artists.
Through OperaAffinity's collaboration with the Mukuru Promotional Centre & the Isiolo Welfare centre, we were able to work and perform to over 6,000 children during our last visit. We spent each day with the children who gave us an insight into the lives of the people who live in the slums and explained the importance of education in Kenya. The eagerness of all the children to learn from us and to establish a connection was inspiring and we felt that we had opened their ears and minds to something new that brought them excitement and joy.
Plans are now underway to develop a holiday music camp where the children will have a safe place where they can learn from artists and further develop their artistic abilities.
At OperAffinity we value the importance of diversity and inclusion. Globally we collaborate with disability centers and have developed performances and workshops that create a welcoming environment and a sense of security for those who need it most.
OperAffinity's refugee project aims to break down the barriers between different cultures and create a safe and welcoming environment for children coming to a new country to seek sanctuary. Through the medium of opera and classical music we hope to be able to bridge the gaps between people from different backgrounds through participation, inclusion and engagement.
OperAffinity have now commenced workshops in Rome bringing opera and classical music to Ukrainian, Afghanistan and Syrian refugee children in Italy with the collaboration of Save the Children and Jesuit Refugee Service Center.