We've been asked many times what the secret ingredient is to making Tandem Festival such a special & welcoming event. The answer is simple: our wonderful team of volunteers!
SamuelVolunteer Coordinator Sam is currently involved in Tandem for the Communication and Marketing team, and also as the Volunteer Coordinator. Samuel has worked for several music festivals and also for street art festivals where he was a skillful Assistant Event Manager, working with large teams of volunteers, artists and providers. He is totally into music and film production and is currently working on his own video project. LucilleTandem Festival CoordinatorWhen she is not playing the Ukulele on her bike, you'll find Lulu swimming or making coffee at Silvie. She has just finished her BA at Oxford Brookes University & is super excited to put her energy into Tandem! Watch out for her, she'll probably seduce you into Silvie for some lovely coffee. RomainBar CoordinatorBarman, barista, cyclist & more French than France, Romain is really proud to be the new Bar Coordinator & really happy to be part of the Tandem Festival 2017 adventure! After almost 15 years playing guitar in metal bands, & many jobs in France, he has found his way in hospitality through his job at the gastro-pub The Old Bookbinders & Peloton Espresso (Oxford). Allez, allez, get on the Tandem with me! Nina
Co-founder & InTandem Coordinator Nina is co-founder of Tandem Collective and launched InTandem in 2014. She is also helping coordinate the new Tandem CIC Board. Her professional background is in film production, business management and retail in a cooperative, not for profit environment. She is currently Assistant Producer on her second film, Close, in partnership with Jewson Film, & is writing a novel set in medieval Oxford. LaurenEthno England CoordinatorLauren got involved after playing at Tandem 2014, & now runs Ethno England in collaboration with the festival, as well as helping programme music. She looks after lots of community projects in Oxford, mostly focussing on musical education as a means for social change, & bringing people from different cultures together through music & food. SusanaMarketing CoordinatorSusana is the new Marketing Coordinator for the Tandem team. Having worked at several festivals, she is now excited to get involved with the collective. Experienced in activism in environmental, social justice & LGBTQ+ issues. She is currently doing freelance translation & voiceover work. When not campaigning with Global Justice Now, she enjoys reading intersectional feminist blogs & binging on Ru Paul’s Drag Race. NikòCo-Founder & Music Co-ordinator
Musician, Sound Engineer, co-founder of Tandem Collective. Nicholas came up with Tandem Festival after his cycling tour of Europe recording musicians (Record & Ride), where upon his return he wanted to bring all the wonderful people he met together. He also runs own Upcycled Sounds ltd & plays in various Oxford bands. He is currently living in a transportable solar-powered recording studio caravan! SarahWorkshops & Talks coordinatorSarah got pulled into the Tandem team by her crazy cycling brother, & wishes her other crazy brother would get back on board too. She enjoys sitting at the kitchen table & listening to people, & studied Social Anthropology to accommodate that hobby - she also likes talking. She currently works as a fundraiser for Maggie’s, an amazing charity providing emotional & psychological support to people affected by cancer. CayennaBoard Chair & Music Coordinator Cayenna is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Tandem Collective. She is a researcher at the University of Oxford Music, as well as an orchestral conductor, percussionist & composer, dedicated to bringing awareness to humanitarian & environmental issues through the commissioning & performance of orchestral music. JakesTwitter MasterAs co-founder of food sustainability organisation, musician & graphic designer in training, Jakes has worn a few hats for Tandem. This year she's on the music coordination team, a Board member representing Good Food Oxford & doing some occasional doodles. When not doing all of these things, she can be found playing in a band with 3 other Tandemers, & singing feminist sea shanties. SophieMarketing CoordinatorSophie has recently joined the Tandem Festival team as a marketing coordinator. As a recent graduate, she dreams to work as a social media guru, a museum curator or a school librarian. For now, she tries to spread the Tandem magic by writing bad jokes in newsletters & eating lots of freshly baked cakes. She is also a music journalist for a French webzine. HarrietThis is Harriet's 1st year volunteering with Tandem & she's delighted to be part of the Wellbeing team! She studies Occupational Therapy at Oxford Brookes & is currently on placement providing rehabilitation to stroke patients. Generally this doesn’t involve yoga & singing workshops, like those on offer in Tandem wellbeing tents, however she sometimes leads fun gardening sessions! Harriet also enjoys making music on the cello & singing, & she's trying to learn guitar before Tandem, so that she can sing a few songs round a fire over the festival. DotDot has been involved in Tandem Festival from the very start, after being told of the chance conversation in the pub that sparked Tandem. She has been a volunteer & an instigator in the grassroots food movement in Oxford for the past 5.5 years & firmly believes in the power of change through volunteering & community-building. This year she’s all over Transport, using her practise in organising over-land, low-impact escapades by bike & beyond across Europe & the UK, as well as helping coordinate volunteers at the festival. SianSian is joining Tandem Festival for the first time this year as Traders Coordinator, mainly as an excuse to spend some even more of her time thinking & talking about food. Never as at home as in her beloved tent, she can’t wait to see Tandem in action & is hoping to bring you all some delicious food from local, ethical traders in the meantime.
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