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Newfoundland Opera Colloquium - Designing Civic Impact in Opera

Newfoundland Opera Colloquium - Designing Civic Impact in Opera

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 - 11:15am to Thursday, July 5th, 2018 - 11:15am
Venue: World-renowned Raymond's Restaurant, overlooking downtown St. John's Harbour
95 Water Street
St. John's, NL

(Photo credit: Brian Carey Photography)

Hosted by / Compagnie d’accueil : Opera on the Avalon
September 7-10 2017 septembre 2017
St. John's Newfoundland’s current strategic plan, Charting our Civic Impact, articulates one key goal: to lay the groundwork for increasing opera’s civic impact. is addressing this goal by developing resources for the opera sector including guides to civic practice, a common vocabulary, and in 2018/19 providing targeted micro-funding for prototyping civic impact activities. The Newfoundland Opera Colloquium is another key part of achieving our goal, and is a pre-requisite to a successful future civic impact funding request.

Through attending the Colloquium, you will explore tools, practices and protocols to deepen civic engagement, and provide possible solution to the question: What role can opera play in civic impact and social change?

Our host, Cheryl Hickman Artistic Director, Opera on the Avalon welcome you to this important gathering to lead the sector in innovative thought and practice around artists, opera companies and communities working together to build civic health.

Who should attend?

  • Opera company General Directors and Artistic Directors
  • Audience and Community Engagement Staff
  • Creative personnel, composers, librettists, directors, designers
  • Board members

Learning Outcomes

Delegates will learn, develop and apply deep listening skills, tools, strategies and approaches for designing impactful and successful civic impact activities that can then be applied in the context of their own communities upon their return.


As a result of attending the Opera Colloquium and accessing the subsequent funding available from, opera companies across Canada will be better equipped and resourced for developing a range of successful civic impact activities that will contribute to’s collective mission of making opera central to Canadian life.


To view the full schedule, click "download pdf" in the banner to the right.



Book your accommodation through the Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland at the special rate of $165/night plus taxes.To arrange your accommodations at the preferred rate, please use the following link:

Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland
4115 Cavendish Square, St. John's, NL A1C 3K2 (709) 726-4980


The Colloquium venue is Raymond's Restaurant, 95 Water Street, a short walk from the Sheraton.


Opera on the Avalon, and its members gratefully acknowledge the supporters of the Colloquium Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), the Canada Council for the Arts and The City of St. John's.


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