The Complete Freedom of Truth

TCFT is an inclusive international youth led project working with young people from diverse backgrounds, cultures and abilities

We did it!

On 26th Aug 2016 we successfully raised £9,614 with 78 supporters in 45 days

Thank you everyone for making TCFT Phase 2 a huge success

Thank you to everyone who has pledged to date and helped us make TCFT Phase 2 a huge success. Over the two weeks period, over 100 young people from 8 different countries explored through the arts, better ways to live together in this challenging world of ours. Please watch the video above for a flavour of what took place. At the end of the two weeks residency, their work was presented to an audience of 200. Here are just two comments from people who attended the final event. 

"What I saw was the empowerment of young people to recognise that they could effect change and simply by talking they were gaining strength for changing tomorrow. Very humbling experience". Philippa (Audience member)

"Most illuminating, and a moving experience. To witness the warmth and camaraderie
amongst such a scattered gathering, the energy, the sincerity, the coming together to focus on common goals and a better future was an absolute treat. You must be extremely proud. Thank you". Geoffrey (Audience member)

Campaign extended

We are pleased to announce that Dorset County Council has pledged £2,000.00 and that our campaign has been extended. So, if you have not yet pledged do so now. Please, also let all your friends know about this amazing project and campaign. We are still a long way away from our target and need your support. 

As the campaign has been extended, we are now looking at a new date to give rewards to our supporters. We will be in touch with everyone soon to let you know the date of a gathering we are planning to celebrate the young people's achievements, to thank all our supporters in person and to give you your reward. 

Please make sure to scroll down to the very end of page as there are still some amazing rewards up for grabs. Or simply choose the level you want to pledge at and your reward on the right hand side. 

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In these politically and socially troubled times, we believe that it is imperative that young people have the opportunity to collaborate with peers from different backgrounds and cultures, understand differences and build skills in order to become socially engaged citizens. If like us, you believe in the importance of intercultural dialogue, social justice, equality and young people’s empowerment, please support TCFT.

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The project

The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) is an international 5 year youth led project with the ambition to develop global youth citizenship through culture and the arts.

TCFT aims to use cultural and arts activities to provide skills training and cultural awareness for young people across Europe.

Tolerance, inclusiveness, deeper learning and an understanding of the other are at the heart of this creative process. It seeks to foster understanding between people from different European countries, transcend language barriers and facilitate the space in which to create emancipatory change through the use of culture and the arts. (thecompletefreedomoftruth.com)

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Diversity

TCFT aims to develop conversations and activism around issues of democracy and European citizenship. At the heart of TCFT is inclusion and the accessibility of the arts to people of all backgrounds, regardless of disabilities, gender, sexual orientation, race or class. It seeks to destroy processes of ‘othering ’and works to encourage a vision of an equal, inclusive and truly democratic European society.

Seeking to integrate and develop an awareness between otherwise disconnected young people across Europe, TCFT has developed a programme where young people come together to discuss social and cultural issues that affect their lives, beginning in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), August 2015.

The artistic programme, creative workshops and discussion groups are facilitated by both experienced practitioners and young people. The programme is youth led and a very diverse group of 100 + young people representing 8 countries in wider Europe, decide the nature of the discussion groups, the main issues which they wish to be represented, and the creative workshops available.

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Youth voice

TCFT seeks to create a living connected community of young people from across Europe who are passionate about positive social change within their communities and Europe as a whole. 

TCFT is passionate about youth agency, and wants to catalyse the growth of young people into the future cultural and social change makers of Europe. Longer term youth led creative projects address issues such as the European refugee crisis and the representation of minority LGBT groups in BiH and elsewhere in Europe. These projects are run on a voluntary basis, developed and delivered by TCFT young people. The projects share practical examples of ways in which to respond creatively to challenges within our own communities with other young people across Europe.

As part of TCFT phase 2 and in partnership with the University of Bournemouth’s Global Engagement HUB, TCFT young people will be holding a day-long dialogue with MPs, MEPs, human right lawyers and policy makers about the recent UK referendum results and what it means to their future as Europeans.

TCFT Phase 1 documentary

 

TCFT is coming to the UK

After a very successful first phase in BiH (August 2015), TCFT is coming to the UK this summer (1 to 14 August 2016) and we need your help.

TCFT Phase 2 will see diverse young people collaborating with high-calibre artists, producers, cultural leaders, academics and international peers in a two-week immersive residential training leading to a final large-scale event open to the public.

TCFT UK young people (ages from 13 – 26) will host young people and group leaders from Bosnia, Georgia, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Serbia. They will be supported by professional artists, facilitators, carers and a production and management team across performing, visual and media art forms.

Phase 2 will further enable the development of international collaborations led by the young people themselves.

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Hosting venue

Phase 2 is being hosted by one of TCFT UK partner organisations (Bournemouth University) and will facilitate full access to the University’s Media Department, which is a Centre of Excellence.

The facilities on offer (which most of the young people we are working with would not have access to otherwise) include animation, radio and television broadcasting, film and photography, a variety of digital media including CGI, Painting with Light, journalism, communications and events management.

We will explore a variety of topics that the young people themselves have suggested including the future of Europe, democracy, gender, human rights, inclusion, the current state of migration and refugees in Europe and the development of the youth voice in policy making. Some of the results of these debates will be used by the young people to develop the content of their creative work and final show.

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People involved

TCFT is a consortium led by charitable arts organisation Opera Circus (operacircusuk.com). The young people taking part in the project come from very diverse backgrounds and work directly with TCFT partner organisations:

  1. Agencia. Manchester - UK
  2. Bournemouth University. Bournemouth - UK
  3. Diverse City and Extraordinary Bodies Young Artists. Swanage - UK
  4. Slyncs Youth Group. Blackburn - UK
  5. The Arts Development Company. Dorchester - UK
  6. Urban Playground Team. Brighton - UK
  7. Asociatia VBC. Bucharest - Romania
  8. Comune Di Sarteano and Culturing. Tuscany - Italy
  9. Festival de Musica de Setubal. Setubal - Portugal
  10. Besso and Company. Tbilisi - Georgia
  11. Savjet Mladih Srebrenice (Youth Centre Srebrenica). Srebrenica - BiH
  12. Teatar Mimart. Belgrade - Serbia

What young people are saying about their involvement with TCFT

“For the 2016 version of TCFT we are invited to explore the word TRUTH. For me it is an invitation to drop into this very real space with each other where we can live out the essence of who we are regardless of the form it takes. For me, the truth of the world is those that exist within it. In this world there are disabled people, non-disabled people, black people, white people, gay people, straight people…the world is made up of difference. That is the truth. It is an undeniable fact”. Eilis Davis – UK

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“TCFT was a significant experience for me - it woke up my love for parkour and inspired me to continue developing my skills at home. Also, an important influence in my confidence and way of thinking was TCFT’s Democracy workshops, which encouraged me to take a step forward in my social activity by participating in The World Forum for Democracy in Strasbourg this year”. Nina Petrov - Serbia

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“Over the past five months, I’ve continued on the path of growth and progression that TFCT helped me so much with.  Developing my confidence over those two weeks in August 2015 is something I’ve taken back with me to my hometown of Croydon in the UK, as I begin the process of leading out on my youth platform”. Shaniqua Benjamin-UK

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“Besides all the obstacles and challenges we faced during the period of organizing and implementing TCFT program, it had an incredibly huge impact on the local community.  For people involved in the project and for me as well, it was a real pleasure to be a part of the team.  I really enjoyed it with all my heart and I'm so proud and happy we did a great job! I heard comments on different occasions and from different people, but they were all saying the same – how great and alive Srebrenica was and that we needed just 100 young people for it to become a better and happier town; we never had anything like this. We hear these things all the time now since TCFT.  It makes my heart so big and I wanted to share it with you and others!  I passed by one woman today and she called out, "Bring the young people back!" A Politician, Member of Local Assembly, congratulated us and said that he followed us and saw what we were doing.  He said, "Srebrenica was smiling!  It's great what you have done!  So many young people, so many happy faces, so much positive energy." Milena Nikolic - BiH

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We need your support

We have a shortfall of £20,000 and with your support we will be able to deliver a very successful project which will impact on the lives of the young participants and their communities for years to come.  

TCFT Phase 2 will cost a total of £100,000 and will engage with 100 + young people collaborating with high-calibre artists, producers, cultural leaders, academics and international peers from across Europe in a two week residency.

As well as the incredible support in kind by some of our friends, we have worked hard and have raised the majority of the funds needed to deliver this important project (£80,000 to date). We are giving it a final push to ensure that we raise all the finances necessary to deliver this incredibly important and pertinent project and hope you will be able to help us achieve this goal.

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How your donation can help

  • A £10 donation will go towards travel for one day for a local volunteer helping in the project
  • A £20 donation will go towards 2 meals for 2 of the young participants
  • A £30 donation will go towards print material to advertise the final event
  • A £50 donation will go towards travel costs (from airport to the University of Bournemouth) for one of the international groups attending the project
  • A £80 donation will go towards visa costs for one of the international groups (BiH, Georgia, Serbia) attending the project
  • A £100 donation will go towards a bed for 4 nights for one young person during TCFT residency
  • A £150 donation will go towards one music workshop
  • A £200 donation will go towards a mini bus for audience members with limited mobility to attend the final event
  • A £300 donation will go towards specialist transport for young people with severe disability
  • A £400 donation will go towards material for the final production
  • A £600 donation will go towards Arts Awards Accreditation for 6 of TCFT young participants
  • A £1,000 donation will go towards one sign language / interpreter for the duration of the project
  • A £2,000 donation will go towards a specialist carer supporting disabled young people’s full engagement in the project’s activities

Rewards

Please make sure to scroll to the very end of page to see the full list of rewards.

As a way of saying thank you for your support, we have prepared some fantastic rewards for you from both ourselves and some amazing friends who truly believe in TCFT.

a. £10 donation will receive 1 x personalised thank you note from one of our young leaders and your name in TCFT Phase 2 final show programme

Any donor in the categories below (from b to f) will receive a personalised thank you note from a TCFT young leader and your name in TCFT Phase 2 final show programme +

b. £20 donation = 1 x TCFT postcard

c. £30 donation = 1 x TCFT t-shirt + postcard

d. £40 donation = 1 x TCFT bag + t-shirt + postcard

e. £50 donation = all the above + the opportunity to spend a day in the project / behind the scenes / lunch with TCFT group of amazing young people and artists + taking part in one of TCFT workshops

f. £100 donation = an invitation to the Friends of TCFT pre-show reception and final event + a personalised thank you note from a TCFT young leader and your name in TCFT Phase 2 final show programme + 1 x TCFT bag + t-shirt + postcard

Other rewards donated by some special TCFT supporters

Please note that all donations will go towards supporting TCFT Phase 2 but only the highest donation in each category below (from g to m) will receive the relevant reward. 

All donors in the categories below (from g to m) will receive an invitation to the Friends of TCFT pre-show reception and final event where we will present the rewards’ winners +

g. From £250 = the opportunity to receive 1 x Saturday night staying and Sunday lunch for two at the Groucho Club. thegrouchoclub.com

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Donations start from £250. The highest donor will receive 1 x Saturday night staying and Sunday lunch for two at the Groucho Club.

h. From £300 = the opportunity to receive 1 x clay jug by John Leach. johnleachpottery.co.uk

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Donations start from £300. The highest donor will receive 1 x signed John Leach clay pot made especially for the Muchelney Potters’ exhibition in Somerset.

i. From £350 = the opportunity to receive 1 x coffee set from Thomas Goode and Company. thomasgoode.com

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Donations start from £350. The highest donor will receive 1 x beautiful classic coffee set from Thomas Goode and Company of Mayfair, London.

j. From £400 = the opportunity to receive 1 x child wooden stool by award winner designer John Makepeace. OBE. johnmakepeacefurniture.com

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Donations start from £400. The highest donor will receive 1 x child wooden stool by one of the great British furniture designers John Makepeace. OBE.

k. From £500 = the opportunity to receive 1 x portrait photo shooting session with internationally renowned photographer and film maker Robert Golden and one printed portrait. robertgoldenpictures.com

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Donations start from £500. The highest donor will receive 1 x portrait photo shooting session with internationally renowned photographer and film maker Robert Golden and one printed portrait.

l. From £600 = the opportunity to receive 1 x summer dress by acclaimed Fashion Designer Alice Temperley. temperleylondon.com

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Donations start from £600. The highest donor will receive 1 x summer dress by acclaimed Fashion Designer Alice Temperley. 

m. From £700 = the opportunity to receive 1 x four day break in Italy for two (Including flights and accommodation) during TCFT Phase 3 in April 2017 and the opportunity to witness the project.  thecompletefreedomoftruth.com/2017

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Donations start from £700. The highest donor will receive 1 x four day break in Italy for two (Including flights and accommodation) during TCFT Phase 3 in April 2017 and the opportunity to witness the project.

Please note that in the event of two or more donations of exact same amount being the highest donations, the first donation will receive the reward in the above categories (from g to m).

 


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