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 was 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 was commissioned by Glyndebourne as part of the company’s on-going work to introduce opera to a wider audience.
Not only is the theme of migration incredibly relevant to the young people we support. But there is a great deal of documented evidence about the therapeutic benefits of participation in creative arts for people who have suffered trauma, such as war and displacement. That’s why we linked up with Glyndebourne to enable displaced young people to join this project.
During a ten-day summer residential in Battle, East Sussex, these young people worked with an international team of artists and participants from across Europe to create and share art with the local community - culminating in performances at Battle Festival.