The Giufà Project

This summer Glyndebourne is working together with Opera Circus, Battle Festival and Crisis Classroom to create The Giufà Project, and we would love you to be part of it.

We will be taking over the town of Battle for ten days between Monday 20 and Friday 31 August and filling it with exciting collaborative artworks and performances. During this time we will be in residence at Battle Abbey School with an international team of artists and participants from across Europe creating and sharing art with the local community. A performance event will be held in Battle at the end of the residency 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. Rehearsals will be held on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October with a performance at Battle Abbey on Saturday 20 October.

Who will be involved?

We have put together an exciting team of international artists from a range of different disciplines including:

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

Also participating in the project will be young artists from Italy and Portugal and other special guest artists.

How can you take part?

We are now accepting applications for The Giufà Project. Participants must be:

  • Either currently in Glyndebourne Youth Opera 2 (aged between 14 and 19 on Monday 20 August); if you are new to GYO and would like to apply please make sure you have joined the GYO mailing list first
  • Or aged between 20 and 25 on Monday 20 August
  • Available to attend all ten days of the summer residency between 20 and 31 August
  • Available to attend the Battle Festival rehearsals and performance on 13, 14 and 20 October

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.

As a Giufà Project participant you will work with our artistic team to explore ideas around the theme of migration using any of the artistic disciplines on offer (you get to choose). You will be having fun and learning new skills but also sharing skills that you already have and creating work collaboratively. All participants are expected to be active in helping us to create a friendly and inclusive space in which to work.

How can you apply?

Please follow the link below to the application form. The deadline for applications is Friday 6 July at 5.00pm BST.

If for any reason you are unable to complete the form we will accept a video application instead. Please contact the education team on or on 01273 815023 to discuss.

Please note all applications must be supported by a Giufà project partner organisation and we may seek a reference from them in considering your application. Our partners include: Glyndebourne Youth Opera, Opera Circus, Battle Festival, Crisis Classroom, YMCA Downslink, Project Artworks. If you are unsure about which organisation is supporting your application please contact the education team to discuss.

If you are applying as part of Glyndebourne Youth Opera please note the following:

  • Applications are open to GYO2 aged between 14 and 19 on Monday 20 August
  • You do not have to have taken part in GYO activity before, but you must have signed up to the GYO mailing list before applying. Please follow this link to sign up to the mailing list
  • Applications are also open to alumni of GYO aged between 20 and 25 on Monday 20 August

Applications close on Friday 6 July 2018 at 5.00pm BST.

Apply now

Financial Contribution

If your application is successful and you are offered a place on the Giufà project you will be asked to make a financial contribution of £230 towards the costs of the project – this includes lunch for all ten days of the residency. This may be reduced by up to 50% if your family or you are in receipt of benefits or if you have a sibling also attending. In some cases this cost may be met entirely by your supporting organisation. If you have concerns about the financial contribution please contact the education team or discuss with your supporting organisation.

What is it all about?

Giufà is a character known throughout Europe by many different names (Giufà is his name in Sicily). He is a traveller, a migrant, and offers us the chance to explore the theme of migration through the many folk tales in which he features. You can find out more about Giufà at

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.

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.

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.