Last month, I took part in the European youth project, The Complete Freedom of Truth (TCFT) for the third time. This year we were in the town of Sarteano, Italy, where we took part in the usual assortment of workshops, discussions and showcases.
A project centred on inclusiveness, tolerance and equality, TFCT is the perfect example of what Europe and the extended world could be if we were more accepting of each other and worked together, rather than fight against each other.
Most of all, it shows the importance of art – how it can bring people together and begin to create change. This has been a great inspiration to me and an element that I’ve taken forward in developing Young People Insight – in fact, YP Insight probably would not be what it is now without TCFT.
This year I brought a bit of YP Insight to Sarteano by holding a poetry night as part of TCFT. As always, it was filled with varying talent and amazing poetry on a variety of different themes. However, unlike Poetic Insight, all of the performers were not young people, but TCFT is all about transcending age.
Poems were presented in different languages, which brought different levels and beautiful cultural diversity to the night. Francesco’s poems were read in Italian, and also translated into English and Romanian. Maya and Sandra performed poems in Bosnian, while Saša delivered a poem in Serbian.
There were themes about love, self, fitting in and dance. Some poems were more personal than others, giving us a deeper insight into the individual which is always beautiful. Hopefully there will be some footage up online soon so you will be able to experience what was an amazing night.
Thank you to Francesco, Sandra, Julia, Sylvia, Luka, Ellie, Izzy, Maya, Molly, Ricky, Liviu, Raul and Saša – the night would not have been what it was without you. I also want to thank everyone else who was behind the scenes and helped me to get the night organised I could not have pulled this off on my own in a country that was foreign to me.
TCFT is a truly special experience, which words cannot do enough justice for. You cannot fully comprehend it unless you live it yourself, which is why I intend to bring more of TCFT to Croydon over time. I’ve seen the change and effect it has had on the lives of the young people involved, including myself. I can genuinely say that it has changed my life and I would not be the leader that I am now without it.
Just watch this space.