Platforma Festival – Newcastle & the North East

Thursday 19th October 2017 - Tuesday 31st October 2017
timings tbc

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The 4th national Platforma Festival for the arts by, about and with refugees and migrants will take place in Newcastle and across the North East between 19-31 October 2017. Counterpoints Arts manages the Platforma network across England.

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The Platforma Festival 2017 is being developed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with Freedom City 2017, ISIS Arts, ARC Stockton, Art in Churches, the Platforma network and a range of other venues, organisations and networks. Featured artists will include Isabel Lima, Henna Asikainen, Juan DelGado and Katia Kameli.

The full range of exhibitions events, talks and screenings will be announced in September.

The FREE programme will include:

19 October: “Connecting Communities”, ARC Stockton
A day of performances and conversations about how the arts can bring people together around issues relating to refugees and migration. Featuring a performance of Borderline by PSYCHEdelight, The Claim (pay what you can) by Tim Cowbury and a new work by Natasha Davis. Plus a screening of Queens of Syria (directed by Yasmin Fedda) and singing from United Voices

25-26 October: Counterpoints Arts strategic session
Following on from our first arts and social change “retreat” in Dartington last year, we will be running discussions and workshops for invited guests on themes including popular culture and European networking.

27-28 October: Platforma Conference, Newcastle (venue tbc)
Two days of shared learning, networking, provocations and inspirations including the collective development of the first ever Platforma Manifesto to document recommended practice. Other discussions topics will include career pathways for artists, participatory work, the role of popular culture and the development of international networks. The full programme will be announced in September.

31 October: Migration Museums Network event, Main Hall at Discovery Museum
This is an event to bring together and share learning from the pilot of the Migration Museums Network. This network is aiming to increase and improve outputs associated with migration and related themes in museums and galleries across the UK. The event in Newcastle will be a practical day. Full details to be confirmed.

The biennial Platforma Festival brings together artists, organisations, funders and others for discussions, workshops and the chance to share practice and showcase new work. The first three took place in London (2011), Manchester (2013) and Leicester (2015).

Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It brings together groups and artists / performers of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees and migrants both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country. Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with organisations across the country. 

Photo shows Borderline, by PSYCHEdelight (photo: Jose Farinha)