Black Cats’ Stories

Black Cats’ Stories

Black Cats’ Stories is a ground-breaking project, creating a snapshot of what football means to the people of Wearside, through digital storytelling. 

Over a series of six workshops, Sunderland AFC fans shared their personal memories of the Black Cats and worked with digital storytelling experts Curiosity Creative to create short pieces of audio-visual made up of photographs, sound, moving image and animation. 

Delivered in partnership by Music in the Minster, the Foundation of Light and Sunderland City Council Library Services, with funding from The Cultural Spring and The Joicey Trust, Black Cats’ Stories is part of a larger project, An Opera for Sunderland, creating an opera for the City of Sunderland.  The digital stories will become sources of inspiration for the professional librettist and composer creating An Opera for Sunderland, which is themed around football.

Music in the Minster created opportunities for people in Sunderland to get involved in opera and related music theatre, under the guidance of Sunderland born professional opera singer and Artistic Director, Alison Barton.  Currently being created by North East writer David Almond and the award winning Spanish composer, Marcos Fernandez, the opera will be representative of the City of Sunderland, its people and communities, with football at the heart of the operatic story

Black Cat's Stories Special Screening Event

You can watch these humorous and heart-warming stories about loyalty, family and keeping the faith below, catch them during the Black Cats’ Stories Exhibition tour of Sunderland City Council libraries and community venues March to November 2015, or see them on the big screen at a special Black Cats’ Stories Screening Event at The Grange Hotel on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

Find out more about 'Black Cats’ Stories Special Screening Event'.

Black Cats’ Stories Touring Exhibition

The Black Cat's Stories also has a touring exhibition from 16 March to 27 November.

Find out where and when you can see this exhibition at Sunderland City Council Library Services.

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