Beyond presents

There is a place for a beautiful thing of a Christmas present but, if you’re keen to forego the Christmas tat that can come at the margins of spending and want to support the arts and culture, here are just three of the organisations who would be grateful for your support.

Streetwise Opera

An opera company that works with people who are homeless or have been homeless, they nurture incredible talent from pockets of society that would otherwise be neglected.

Arts Emergency

Through mentoring and access to industry opportunities, Arts Emergency is trying to ‘create privilege for people without privilege’ in the arts and humanities.

Book Trust

The festive Letterbox Club sends a book to a child who is vulnerable or in care, often the first one they will have received.

At the least, take a look at your local listings to see what cultural activities are happening in your community and buy a ticket. They will operate on a shoestring. They will be run almost entirely by volunteers. And they will have wonderful glitches that make them uniquely of people.

Laura DavisComment