ERASMUS-funded project, The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT), brings young people together to explore concepts of truth through art.
The two-week residential programme is being hosted on BU’s Talbot Campus with participants from all over Europe aged between 13 and 30. Each participant shares their particular skills throughout the project, including visual art, music, animation, theatre, dance, parkour, film and radio.
Although established creatives are on hand to help facilitate the daily schedules, activities and workshops are entirely youth-led.
Launched in 2014, The Complete Freedom of Truth is an international project aimed at helping develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts. Previously TCFT held a residential programme in Bosnia and more recently a week-long residential in Bridport. Next year they hope to hold another summer programme in Italy.
During their time at BU the group will be encouraged to discuss social, cultural and political issues through art, in an inclusive environment which transcends gender, race, disability and class. Each group of practitioners and artists have been collaborating in workshops and their ideas will culminate in a workshop and performance at the end of the programme.
Naomi M, originally from Belgium, is a film maker and one of the participants in TCFT. She explained what they were getting up to: “This project is about different creative people coming together from different parts of Europe and working around a common theme - which is the truth - and trying to explore it from different angles.”
“It’s a very engaging and welcoming environment for people to collaborate in and also being very international with people coming from lots of different countries. It just makes it that more engaging because you have to understand different perspectives.”
She went on to say: “It’s about coming together and finding solutions to moving forward in a creative and dynamic environment and the key, as I said before, is that it is youth-led. And that it is people feeling like they have an input in their future rather than just constantly talked at rather than spoken with.”
The final workshop and performance is being held on Talbot Campus, outside Dorset House on Saturday 13 August from 5pm. To find out more about The Complete Freedom of Truth and their future projects visit their website.