A preview of the two week schedule is available to download below.

please check regularly for the updated version, including a day-to-day version during tcft.

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We have listened to the feedback from last year.  The University campus is a very different venue from the town of Srebrenica where we were in 2015. Each town or country we go to will be different and equally challenging and exciting.

Rory, Lora, Eilis and Dave have visited the campus and Avril Harrison, Billy Alwen, Hugh Nankivell (leading on Music this year), Rosie, Sarah Colwell (Financial reporting for TCFT), Tina and others have been to see and discuss the spaces, the accommodation, the food, transport and the trips to the sea. 


The catering department of the new Fusion Building has been very helpful in ensuring that as much of the food as possible is locally sourced, there are plenty of non-wheat options, lots of vegetables, fruit and salad and enough to cope with most diets whether vegetarian, vegan or gluten free. Again we can try and resolve any issues about food and allergies on arrival.

The Great British Weather

The weather forecast is promising us two weeks of sunshine; Bournemouth has a particularly good reputation for sunny weather.

Artists, Facilitators & Guests

Alex Gichohi, Billy Read, Susan Bisatt, Urban Playground Team, Robert Golden, Darren Abrahams, Clare Hodgson, Besso Kupreishvili and Nela Antonovic will be with us again and joined by new artists Benji Reid, Zena Edwards, representatives from Cardboard Citizens, Laura Fatini, Sara Ross and Jamie Beddard and from BU Susan Sloan, animation, Lizzie Sykes, media production and Jo Tyler, Radio Production amongst others. 

Music with Hugh Nankivell

Hugh Nankivell will be leading on all the various forms of music on offer this year

Hugh is musician, composer,  an Associate Artist with Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and will support all the musical ideas, collaborations and, working with Billy Alwen, help everyone to create the final performances.

Photography & Storytelling with Robert Golden

Robert is offering two courses this year, one is Photography and Storytelling

“PHOTOGRAPHIC STORYTELLING helps people to reach out to others and to search their own inner identity. Creating and sharing stories is a fulfilling experience - it can be a powerful social tool and a way to define and strengthen ones own inner narrative.”……… and continuing on from last year’s democracy workshops, Robert will be exploring some of the texts from a series of essays he has been writing called Why? – this will include such questions as:-

• Why do we know what we know?

• Who are our Masters?

• The new Ideology – Neo Liberalism.

• Values, Moral Responsibility and Creative Responses

Project Development Seminars with Darren Abrahams

Darren will be offering a course in project development:-

    Identity - who you are 

    Business - taking action 

    Performance - staying on track

“As a group we’ll work through the different stages of building a project or business and then in individual sessions I will give targeted coaching for specific projects.”

Darren will also be offering one to one personal sessions for those who are interested and you can discuss this with him directly.

Text & The Dancing Body with Benji Reid

Benji Reid is a dancer, actor, director, writer and will be with us from 1 – 6 August.  Benjie will be exploring Text and the Dancing Body. “An exploration of how performers can move from the dance floor to the stage. How one engages with the voice with simple exercises, building characters from found text and physicality. This is a fun class and a wonderful introduction to the world of physical theatre and for dancers who and looking to find their voice and a performance”  Benji is also a photographer. 

Poetry with Zena Edwards

Zena Edwards is a performance poet who comes to poetry through other art forms. More information about these sessions shortly. 

Storytelling with Cardboard Citizens

Two story tellers from this renown company will be joining us for 4 days in the second week to look at story telling in theatre.

More info on the workshops soon!


Youth Leaders

Youth teams will be organising some of the evening events, the showcasing of work by some of the artists, a trip into Bournemouth on Friday 5th for their famous beach fireworks display, a discussion evening around the film documentary and stage performance of Queen’s of Syria.

A number of Bournemouth University undergraduate and postgraduate students will participate for the two weeks, helping us to find our way around the campus, teaching and sharing ideas + joining with some of the workshops.

European Day

There will be an afternoon connecting with Europe involving conversations around all those issues that affect young people including Britain leaving!

We will be joined by Julie Ward MEP, who was with us in Srebrenica last year and Alain Ruche from Brussels.  

Alain Ruche will also be leading a discussion around the EU and Policy Making linking to our Policy Makers Seminar in Italy next April.  This will be on the 2nd at 4pm as part of the TCFTTeas conversations.

Domino Youth Network from Bosnia & Herzegovina

Domino’s team will be part of the TCFTteas conversation talking about why they started their youth organisation and their successes to date. 

The Final Performance

The final performance will be on the 13th with some elements possibly in the late afternoon and the main work in the evening.

More Information Coming Soon!

Rory will be sending further details to everyone shortly. Please read everything carefully and if you have any questions or thoughts do get in touch.

We will have an intensely creative time, already many topics have been raised for discussion either through the art forms or in conversation at the TCFT Teas. The list of topics include Europe (of course) and the EU, Migration, Gender, the Roma people Democracy and much about the importance of storytelling.

TCFT 2017

There is also next April in Sarteano to consider and there will be some meetings about the journey from Bournemouth this year to Italy next year, and then what happens beyond.