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The Giufà Project

The Giufà Project

Battle Festival summer residency offer

Battle Festival invites applications from young people aged 14-25 for a summer residency as part of Battle Festival, working with Glyndebourne, Opera Circus and Crisis Classroom to produce The Giufà Project – and applications are now open for their August residency at Battle Abbey School, 20 to 31 August. Hannah Collisson writes.

Participants from across Europe will create new artwork and performances on the theme of migration as part of an exciting international collaboration spanning music, theatre, dance, parkour, visual art and film. They will work with an international team of professional artists to explore ideas around the theme of migration using any of the artistic disciplines on offer and creating work collaboratively. Artists include:

Omar Shahryar – Composer
Howard Moody – Composer
Judith Coleman – Singer
Lucy Bradley – Director
Laura Fatini – Writer/Director
Alister O’Loughlin – Parkour/Movement
Miranda Henderson – Dance/Movement
Tim Corrigan – Visual Art/Film

Together artists and participants will be creating and sharing work with the local community, including a performance event held in Battle on Thursday 30 August.  Following the summer residency, participants are invited to return to Battle in the autumn for a performance as part of the Battle Festival.

The Giufà Project is named after a traveller and migrant who features in many European folk tales. Through these stories the project explores migration in the context of the mass movement of people taking place in the world today.

Applicants for the summer residency must be:

  • Aged between 14 and 25 on Monday 20 August
  • Available to attend all ten days of the summer residency between 20 and 31 August – and available to attend the Battle Festival rehearsals and performance on 13, 14 and 20 October.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 6 July. If you’re interested in taking part, you should apply by completing the application form and naming Battle Festival as your supporting organisation: 

Some accommodation will be available on site at Battle Abbey School. If overnight accommodation in Battle is essential to you being able to take part, please state this on the application form.

Costs: Successful applicants will be asked to make a contribution towards the costs of the 10 day residency of £230. If the cost prevents you from applying, please do get in touch as we would like to make this opportunity accessible to all.

Battle Festival 2018 runs throughout October and includes a plethora of events spanning music, literature, film, poetry, comedy, food, and family entertainment. This year’s programme is soon to be announced. 

The Giufà Project

The Giufà Project is a collaboration between artists, young people and creative organisations across Europe to explore the theme of migration in the context of the mass movements of people taking place across the planet right now and to deliver new creative work in response. It has been born from The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT), a youth programme created by Opera Circus which delivers cultural exchanges, residencies, skills development and leadership to a growing network of young people across Europe and has been commissioned by Glyndebourne as part of the company’s ongoing work to introduce opera to a wider audience.

The Giufà Project is supported through investment from Glyndebourne’s New Generation Programme which invests significantly in developing new audiences and artists of the future.

Migration has become a hot political issue and is driving policy in many nations across the world. Europe in particular is experiencing a cultural crisis, as the continent strives to find a way to include people from the Middle East and Africa into societies already adjusting to the effects of globalisation. Each country and community is approaching this issue in its own way, but at its heart the question remains the same” how do we include new people without losing who we already are?

And yet migration is human. It is part of the human condition. We have always journeyed – for exploration, for knowledge, for trade, curiosity and escape. And as people have moved they have taken their stories with them, mixing them with the local traditions and creating something richer in their place. In Giufà we have found a tangible expression of that movement and this project is a way for us to keep the stories moving in the 21st century.

Posted 22:35 Monday, Jul 2, 2018 In: Arts News

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