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 are looking for all kinds of performers, writers, musicians, dancers, singers and artists.

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
Annis Joslin – Artist/Filmmaker

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

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.

How can you take part?

We are no longer accepting applications for full residential participation in the Giufa Project.

If you are interested in taking part in the Giufa Project but unable to commit to all the dates below, it is still possible to get involved. Please contact the Education department on 01273 815023 or email to discuss. We are particularly keen to hear from young people local to Battle and Hastings, although we will consider all young people aged 14 – 25.

Young people aged 9 – 13 are invited to take part in creative workshops on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 August and also the celebratory performance on Thursday 30 August. For GYO1 workshop details click here.


Participants must be:

  • Either currently in Glyndebourne Youth Opera 2 (aged between 14 and 19 on Monday 20 August)
  • Or GYO Alumni aged between 20 and 25 on Monday 20 August
  • Or New to Glyndebourne aged between 14 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

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.

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.