We still have the Council of Europe, (https://www.coe.int/en/web/portal) the guardian of our Human Rights in Wider Europe, including the UK. We are still members and have a very accessible and inclusive Ambassador, Sandy Moss, based in Strasbourg. There are many opportunities for young people to participate as Youth Ambassadors and on youth advisory committees, in their own right. Opera Circus has been a member of the European Youth Foundation, part of CoE for many years and there is a small amount of funding available.
Jack Wightman, Dorset young film maker and photographer, came to the European Youth Event with us, 19 young people and artists, in June, alongside 8500 young people from 92 countries. He made this short film as an impression of what it’s like to be in Strasbourg, taking over the parliament and the effect it had on some of the young people who went with Opera Circus/TCFT.
Cedoux Kadima leads a process of words and images about Democracy.
“Unkowning of what was to come, I didn’t realise it would be such fun!
Overwhelmed by all the names, what is it with these games?
“Harmonious teamwork, glorious singing, topic democrat, new beginning.
A new experience using our voices, hoping to sway people’s choices”.
Heather Haddow with b-side, invited us to participate in Let Music Unite on the Island of Portland, to support both the community and the asylum seekers threatened with the inhumane barge that is the Bibby Stockholm.
There are many thoughts and conversations about what next, with or without Erasmus +.
The European Youth Event surveyed the young people who attended in June and have published this Youth Ideas Report. Perhaps there is hope for the future once these generations are in the lead.
YOUTH IDEAS REPORT
Thanks to the TCFT team some of whom have worked on this international youth arts programme since 2012 and whose skills, values and incredible commitment make the work so profound and long lasting. Darren Abrahams, Susan Bisatt, Amanda Downes, Robert Golden, Miranda Henderson, Cedoux Kadima, Alister O’Loughlin, Ricky Romain, Rosie Russell, Jonathan Scott, Zangi and Rory Newbery, Francesco Pipparelli, Shaniqua Benjamin, Zoe Cochrane, Josh Ward…there are many others from past projects, far too many to list but all thanks are also extended to you.