Our volunteers are the backbone of Tandem Festival: in 2014 & 2015 the entire festival was run by over 55 volunteers who helped us promote, build & run the festival. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, with many of them being students in Oxford. Examples of student-volunteer jobs include: contacting & engaging college green-reps to promote the festival & its ideals to Oxford students; building our budget & cashflow worksheets on Excel; bringing in Oxford graduates, post-grads & Professors to give talks, workshops & guided walks; evaluating the festival’s impact through M&E thanks to Oxford University’s micro-internship programme; building the various structures needed for the festival; coordinating the festival; & writing submissions for InTandem Publication.
Here are our community collaborators, Oxford-based organisations & artists that Tandem partnered with over the last three years & continues to collaborate with:
Various spin-off collaborations have come about as a result of Tandem Festival. Two examples are Re-Resonate, an Oxford-based organisation that is now installed full-time at Hill End & is working on their ‘Sound Garden’, & Think Tiny, also Oxford-based, who have built a house made entirely of pallets in the Hill End grounds.
By bringing community groups & artists together, our aim is to attract new audiences to environmental issues by making them accessible & engaging. We are part of a wider, international movement of artists addressing environmental issues. This broader reach is our central aim & our biggest challenge. Under the title ‘Oxford in June’, we are now working with a number of other socially & environmentally-minded events happening in June to share resources (sponsorship, marketing etc.) & address this issue of broadening participation, these include: Oxford Science Festival, Low Carbon Oxford Week, Oxford Festival of Nature, Oxford Bike Week, Flo Fest. In 2015, in collaboration with Low Carbon Oxford, we set up the Tandem Oxford Community Interest Company (CIC).