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Current Partners

Northern Ireland Opera is proud to have received support from the following funders, sponsors and partners

Funders and Sponsors

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

ACNI is the main support for arts organisations and artists in Northern Ireland, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

Belfast City Council

Belfast City Council give grants and funding to various groups, clubs and societies in Belfast. Our grants can help voluntary, community, sporting, faith and cultural groups to organise and run events or activities.

Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded grant-making trust that supports great charities of all sizes across the UK.

Esmé Mitchell Trust

The Esmé Mitchell Trust have awarded grants to NI Opera for several years, with a current funding focus on The Glenarm Festival of Voice.

Belfast Buildings Trust

During 2020/21 NI Opera have received support from the Belfast Buildings Trust who have facilitated access for us to use the Carlisle Memorial Church as a film location and opera venue.

Tourism Ireland

Tourism Ireland provided funding to NI Opera to help produce a behind the scenes film for our Northern Songs series, which will be released later in 2021.

The Priests Charitable Trust

In 2021 The Priests Charitable Trust have sponsored a new Song Prize to be awarded to the best performance of an Irish Song at the Glenarm Festival of Voice.


Grand Opera House

The Grand Opera House is Northern Ireland’s premier theatre, the only Victorian Theatre in Northern Ireland, built by the renowned architect Frank Matcham in 1895. The Theatre presents an outstanding programme of drama, dance, opera, comedy, musicals and family shows.

The Lyric Theatre

The Ulster Orchestra

Outreach Partners

The Welcome Organisation


Women’s Aid ABCLN