What's on Going for Gold Going for Gold Major European philanthropists target Birmingham For the first time, Birmingham Opera Company are finalists in this year's €50,000 competition from the European Circle of Philanthropists (FEDORA) towards our 2021 project "Going for Gold". The FEDORA prizes celebrate projects that show creativity and innovation in opera and ballet and support artistic excellence and outreach with local and international exposure. We are one of only four finalists to go through to the next stage. In 2021 we turn our eyes to a new urban development - our biggest challenge yet – to place opera at its beating heart, as it takes its first breath. From an empty building, to a full symphony orchestra, young emerging artists, international soloists and hundreds of local people from Birmingham, breathing life, breathing opera into a new district. By making local people the focus of what we do, not only do they engage with opera at first hand but also, in return, our productions are enriched by a wealth of human experience. Without a building, we’ve been historically reliant on public funds. With local government funding for culture cut by 82% since 2013, we all need to find new ways to keep the arts accessible to all. To find out more, visit our page on the FEDORA website.