18 Jun 2006

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2006

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

16 Jun 2007

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2007

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

15 Jun 2008

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2008

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

14 Jun 2009

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2009

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

13 Jun 2010

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2010

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

19 Jun 2011

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2011

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

22 Jun 2012

Casablanca Event

Multi-Art Form, Music

Counterpoints Arts hosted the Casablanca event at the Victoria and Albert Museum inspired by the screen classic Casablanca and the film’s themes of flight, refuge, identity, Morocco, North Africa, and piano […]

14 - 23 Jun 2013

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2013

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

16 Jun 2013

Commission: Embassy for Refugees by Natasha Reid

As part of the 2013 Refugee Week, Counterpoints Arts commissioned Natasha Reid’s The Embassy for Refugees.  A site-specific piece, it allowed art practice, architecture, design, human rights advocacy and participatory […]

4 - 7 Nov 2013

Platforma Festival 2013 – Manchester

Multi-Art Form

The two day Conference on arts and refugees was held in Manchester and was full of interesting workshops and inspirational speakers from across the UK and internationally. The artistic […]

15 Jun 2014

Celebrating Sanctuary London 2014

Produced by Counterpoints Arts, Celebrating Sanctuary is a landmark event that plays a crucial role in promoting Refugee Week to London and the whole of the UK. Because of the […]

19 Jun 2014

Screening: A World Not Ours by Mahdi Fleifel

To mark Refugee Week 2014, Counterpoints Arts teamed up with BFI to organise a small film programme, which included the screening of ‘A World Not Ours’ – an intimate […]

26 Jan 2015

Launch of Counterpoints Art’s 2015 programme

Multi-Art Form

We are living in the midst of huge demographic shifts and unprecedented levels of human displacement. More than ever before, we need bold and imaginative interventions to help us […]

10 Feb 2015

Refugee Week Annual Conference


Join us for a day of information sharing, workshops and talks about Refugee Week and how to support it for 2015.

13 Feb 2015

Connecting Museums …


Event for museum and gallery professionals interested in connecting with refugee and asylum-seeker organisations.

20 Feb 2015

Launch of Everyday On Canalside

Multi-Art Form

The Everyday on Canalside project is launching its participatory arts website. The project is a portrait of a place and its people and has been up and running for the past year.

20 Feb 2015

Learning Lab – Welcome to Dreamland by Zlata Camdzic


Our upcoming Learning Lab centres around issues of arts, gender and human rights, through the one-woman show Welcome to Dreamland by Zlata Camdzic and Anna Ehnold-Danailov.

25 Feb 2015

Launch of Moving Lives


An interactive IPortrait researched, designed and produced by Counterpoints Arts, Moving Lives is an online platform and living archive of migrants' stories.

17 Apr - 6 Sep 2015

Adopting Britain

Multi-Art Form, Visual Arts

Adopting Britain: 70 Years of Migration exhibition - presented by the Southbank Centre in partnership with Counterpoints Arts

21 Apr 2015

Whose Story Is It Anyway?

Counterpoints and Index on Censorship present Whose Story Is It Anyway?, a night of writers, discussion and refugee representations. Join us at Richmix to hear about the representation of refugees in novels and plays.

2 May 2015

Celebrating 70 Years of Migration

Multi-Art Form, Visual Arts

The Southbank Centre and Counterpoints Arts are pleased to invite you to join us in celebrating our brand new exhibition: Adopting Britain - 70 Years of Migration

2 May 2015

Imagining Britain – Southbank Centre


A special event for holders of a Changing Britain day pass for 2nd May at Southbank Centre. To what extent have the various moments of migration to the UK shaped the cultural fabric of the nation?

10 Jun 2015

The Salt of the Earth + special guests at BFI


The awe-inspiring images of photographer Sebastião Salgado are celebrated by director Wim Wenders.

16 - 21 Jun 2015


Multi-Art Form, Visual Arts

A week-long programme of events, featuring over 40 artists responding to global demographic shifts and unprecedented levels of human

16 - 25 Jun 2015

Commission: Nowhere is Home by Manaf Halbouni

A car loaded with personal possessions turned into a living space – an impossible home for a “modern nomad unable to belong and grow roots”. This personal yet universal […]

16 Jun 2015

Practices of Place-Making: Memory, Migration and the Global City (Part 1)

In association with the Migration Museum Project 16 June: 3:30 – 6 pm The Ditch, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London Artists are often astute observers of the […]

18 Jun 2015

Stella Chiweshe


The Queen of Mbira Music from Zimbabwe plays a rare London gig at Just Festival Westminster, as part of a short UK tour celebrating Refugee Week

19 Jun 2015

Celebrating Sanctuary at Richmix


We are hugely excited to confirm that the latest edition of our Celebrating Sanctuary London at RichMix will be headlined by the award winning and all round fantastic Akala.

20 Jun 2015

Family event at V&A Childhood Museum

Multi-Art Form

It’s your story too! – Refugee Week family event organised in partnership with the V&A Childhood Museum

20 Jun 2015

Josephine Oniyama & The Heritage Survival Band at Southbank Centre


Special performance for Refugee Week 2015, bringing together singer-songwriter Josephine Oniyama and members of the UK-based Heritage Survival Band from Harare.

21 Jun 2015

Refugee Artists in Europe Today – talk and discussion at King’s Place

Multi-Art Form

Talk with Mary Mitchell, poet George Szirtes and Syrian musician Maya Youssef - in collaboration with The Continuum Ensamble.

10 Jul 2015

Bridging The Gap


The Tricycle Theatre and Counterpoints Arts invite you to take part in a conversation about the value of the arts for young EAL learners.

20 Oct 2015

The Value in Making: Crafting, Memory, Migration and Storytelling


Learning Lab focuses on the social and cultural value of craft as a form of place-making when produced by migrant and refugee women.

30 Oct 2015

Performing Migratory Identity


Counterpoints Arts’ Learning Lab in partnership with the Centre for Sex, Gender and Sexualities, University of Durham, the Performing Arts, University of Northumbria, Platforma Arts + Refugee Network and The Forge, reflects on the performance, film and installation work of London-based artist and researcher, Natasha Davis.

4 Nov 2015

Internal Terrains

Platforma Festival - Internal Terrains by Natasha Davis is a participatory performance that explores life as a choreography of decades.

5 - 6 Nov 2015

Platforma Conference 2015


Platforma Festival - The 3rd Platforma Conference will take place 5-6 November 2015 in Leicester. Plus Platforma International 4 November.

5 Nov 2015

The Edge

Platforma Festival - Award-winning theatre company Transport returns with a multi-media sea saga at the Y Theatre in Leicester.

5 Nov 2015

Economics, People and Place: policy versus participatory arts practice in the context of migration.


Image: Everyday on Canalside, Marcia Chandra, 2015 Date: Thursday 5 November – 2015 Time: 11:40 – 1:00 pm Location: De Montfort University, Leicester LE1 9BH The 2015 Budget painted a very […]

6 Nov 2015

Nine Lives

Platforma Festival - Ismail is seeking a new life... Leeds Studio in association with West Yorkshire Playhouse presents Nine Lives by Zodwa Nyoni

6 Nov 2015


  Image: Queens of Syria, Yasmin Fedda, 2014 Syria on the Road: Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place: 2 Workshops, 2 Cinema Screenings Date: Friday 6 November, 2015 Location: De […]

3 Dec 2015

Bards Without Borders at Hackney Showroom

A poetry & music scratch night, bringing together London poets from refugee and migrant backgrounds and contributions from live music & spoken word experts Tongue Fu.

16 Jan 2016

Platforma Jam at the Arcola


Platforma presents a free performance in support of Nine Lives at Arcola Theatre. Five friends from four continents bring you songs, sounds and spoken word from Ethiopia, Palestine and beyond. Featuring Haymanot Tesfa, Leila Seguin, Duncan Mortimer, EbsilBaz, Emily Zaraa.

19 Jan 2016

Poetry and Activism – with Kayo Chingonyi

Humanities and Arts Research Centre (Royal Holloway, University of London) and Counterpoints Arts invite you to the the launch of a new creative collaboration around a residency for poet Kayo Chingonyi.

21 Jan 2016

‘Everyday on Canalside’ Year 2: Co-Production and Making Together


Image: Ian Buswell Venue: Whitmore Community Centre, 2-4 Phillipp St, London N1 5NU Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm Date: 21 January 2016 A Learning Lab at the Whitmore Community Centre which […]

23 Jan 2016

Mbira Kuwirirana at Arcola Theatre


Platforma presents a free performance by the brilliant Mbira Kuwirirana in support of Nine Lives at Arcola Theatre. Mbira Kuwirirana is a trio of mbira players based in the UK. The name of the group can be loosely translated to “mbira is friendship”.

28 Jan 2016

‘Eastern Europeans for Dummies’: Immigrant audience development

Join us for a Learning Lab focusing on the unique interdisciplinary methodologies and creative thinking behind the performance duo There There, as they embark on audience development for a wider touring of their Arts Council England funded, Eastern Europeans for Dummies.

29 Jan 2016

7 Days in Syria – screening and a Q/A

'7 days in Syria’ gives a window into the lives of families struggling to survive the Syria Conflict. Their courage and resilience shines through in impossible circumstances’ – Angelina Jolie Pitt

30 Jan 2016

Bards Without Borders at Arcola Theatre

Platforma presents a free performance by Bards Without Borders in support of Nine Lives at Arcola Theatre. Bards Without Borders (BWB) brings together poets from refugee and migrant backgrounds to create new writing and performance in response to the work of William Shakespeare.

15 Feb 2016

Refugee Week Conference 2016


The one and only Refugee Week conference, featuring inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and workshops to help organisers and supporters across the country prepare for Refugee Week 2016.

17 Feb - 24 Apr 2016

Unexpected: Continuing Narratives of Identity and Migration

Visual Arts

Developed in Collaboration with Ben Uri Gallery, this new exhibition juxtaposes works from Ben Uri’s permanent collection by artists including Frank Auerbach and Eva Frankfurther with invited artists offering a contemporary responses.

23 Feb 2016

Migration Lab @ Design Museum


Going behind the headlines, Migration Lab focuses on the ‘on-the-ground reality’ of forced migration, inviting you to put yourself in the shoes of those who are creating solutions by […]

26 Feb 2016

Refugee Week Conference EXTRA


Due to unprecedented demand for the Refugee Week Conference, we are holding a special extra event on 26 February 3pm-5pm at Rich Mix in Bethnal Green, London.

22 Mar 2016

Ben Uri panel discussion

Learning, Visual Arts

Ben Uri Gallery and Museum – 108A Boundary Road, London NW8 0RH, United Kingdom In this panel discussion, three artists who are part of Counterpoints Arts collaboration with Ben […]

1 Apr 2016

Beyond Borders


Counterpoints Arts/Platforma and the Young Vic invite you to a free event looking at theatre and performance with and by refugees and migrants. A chance to hear about the Young Vic’s work with refugees and and asylum seekers and their future plans and an opportunity to share your own work and ideas.

9 Apr 2016

Everyday On Canalside Community Event, Saturday, April 9, 2016


Counterpoints Arts and the Canalside Residents’ Association co-hosted a ‘Learning Lab’ at the Whitmore Community Centre There was lots of hands-on creative activities, including: * Radio podcasting with Social Broadcasts […]

23 Apr 2016

Bards Without Borders: Shakespeare 400

Shakespeare has been dead for a while, and on the anniversary of his death Bards Without Borders (BWB) are holding an international wake, all be it 400 years late! Imagine a multilingual carnivalesque funeral which blends the traditions of ten different countries and involves a few of the Bard's major and minor characters.

26 Apr 2016

Literature and Activism – bringing refugee experiences ‘home’

The refugee 'crisis' has dominated the media in recent months and public engagement with the issue has never been higher. Across TV, radio, newspapers and social media, all aspects of the crisis are exhaustively discussed. So what role if any does literature play in helping to deepen our understanding?

26 Apr 2016

Sampling as a Kind of Writing – An Interactive Lab with Kayo Chingonyi


Venue: RichMix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA Date: 26th April 2016 Time: 4- 6:30 pm Please join us for a Learning Lab with Kayo Chingonyi, where we’ll explore, […]

4 May 2016

Screen Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place


Screen Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place was part of the Platforma North West Hub Learning Lab, delivered by Community Arts North West (CAN) in partnership with Counterpoints Arts and […]

29 May - 10 Jul 2016

Bards Without Borders on tour

Bards Without Borders, the a collective of poets from refugee and migrant backgrounds producing new work inspired by Shakespeare, are going on tour.

2 Jun 2016

Refugee Week Preview: Fire at Sea (Fuocoammare)

In collaboration with BFI, Counterpoints Arts presents a Refugee Week Preview of Fire at Sea. Directed by Gianfranco Rosi, Fire at Sea is a powerful and beautifully-shot documentary film focusing on the experiences of Lampedusans as they struggle to deal with the thousands of North African and Middle Eastern refugees arriving daily to the island.

11 Jun 2016

Learning Lab: Making Human Rights Across Borders

Learning Lab will explore the politics and consequences of curating, representing and working at Calais refugee camp and other border crossings with communities of displacement.

14 - 15 Jun 2016

Migration Lab: Art/Human Rights/Refugees

Artists communicate what is often difficult to put into words, saying with clarity and directness through imagery or making something that shows urgency and purpose. It is these qualities that Artists can bring to bear on one of the biggest crises of our times, as a catalyst for action and for assertion of human rights.

19 Jun 2016

Refugee Week launch at Southbank Centre

Multi-Art Form

Counterpoints Arts is delighted to be collaborating with Southbank Centre in London for the launch of Refugee Week on 19 June at the Southbank Centre as part of their world famous Meltdown festival – curated this year by Guy Garvey.

24 Jun 2016

Moving stories: a Refugee Week special at the British Museum

Multi-Art Form

In partnership with the British Museum we bring a very special Friday Late event, curated around this year's Refugee Week theme of Welcome and, of course, the incredible Museum's collection of objects, stories and ideas.

24 Jun 2016

Refugees Welcome! Featuring Logic, Afrikan Boy and OpSa! Balkan Band with Azza


Logic, one of the UK's leading voices in political hip hop, will be heading up the first of two special Refugee Week evenings featuring artists and activists calling for action and awareness for refugees in the UK, Europe, the Middle East and beyond.

25 Jun 2016

Beats of the Antonov

Beats of the Antonov is a documentary film following the displaced existences of the Blue Nile and Nuba Mountain communities along the border of North and South Sudan. Directed by Hajooj Kuka (who was born in Sudan), the film sets out to explore the issues of identity that lie at the heart of the Sudanese civil war.

25 Jun 2016

European Connections with Transylvania


Refugees Welcome! Part 2: European Connections with Transylvania plus Guests as part of Refugee Week - also featuring live Euro football screening.

25 Jun 2016

Moving Stories – Supplementary Schools and families Special event

Multi-Art Form

Refugee Week celebrations at the British Museum continue with a Special Event focused on supplementary schools, young people and families. The Museum team collaborated with us to organise a […]

2 - 11 Jul 2016

Platforma SE showcase & exhibition

Music, Visual Arts

A new exhibition developed by Platforma South East network will launch with a Showcase Event on 2 July based on the Refugee Week 2016 theme ‘Welcome’. The show will bring together work created by, with and about refugees and migrants from marginalised communities.

9 - 10 Jul 2016

Simple Acts of Welcome

Add your voice to a chorus of welcome for refugees at  Festival of Love. We invite you to join us to celebrate the opening weekend of Festival of Love […]

16 Jul 2016

Everyday on Canalside Street Party

Multi-Art Form

Our community project and partnership with Canalside Residents Association reached its second year. We celebrated this wonderful community and our collaboration with a huge street party, with residents, local […]

17 Sep 2016

Alketa Xhafa Mripa’s ‘Refugees Welcome’ at solidarity demonstration

Join us at the Refugees Welcome Here demonstration and be part of a dynamic installation by conceptual artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa

5 Oct 2016

Arts of Social Change – Queens of Syria

As part of our first Arts and Social Change Retreat in Dartington, we join with Dartington Hall Trust to present Yasmin Fedda's award winning documentary 'Queens of Syria' - a story of fifty refugee women exiled in Jordan, who came together to perform a contemporary version of the ancient Greek tragedy, The Trojan Women.

5 - 7 Oct 2016

Arts and Social Change retreat

Learning, Multi-Art Form

Next month (5-7 October) Counterpoints Arts travels to Dartington Hall for a retreat dedicated to the Arts and Social Change, with a special focus on Migration and Displacement.

6 Oct 2016

Arts of Social Change – Spoken Word and Music


As part of our first Arts and Social Change Retreat in Dartington, we join with Dartington Hall Trust to co-produce a programme featuring the internationally acclaimed, Devon-based poetry star Alice Oswald; Kayo Chingonyi, a passionate new voice in UK poetry scene; the virtuoso Syrian kanun player and composer, Maya Youssef, and more.

6 - 9 Oct 2016

Somewhere Else at CROSSROADS Art Show

Visual Arts

Juan delGado travels to Greece, Macedonia, and Calais to record the journeys taken by refugees. But rather than focus on capturing these ‘invisible’ people, his protagonists are the places that they have passed through.

10 Oct 2016

Theatre and Sanctuary

West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) and Platforma invite you to a networking event exploring theatre, dance, refugees and migration. It will be a chance to hear from a variety of theatre companies, writers and performers and to learn about WYP's work as a Theatre of Sanctuary. There will be an opportunity to share your experiences and raise the issues that you feel are most pressing in this area of work.

10 Oct 2016

A Conversation with Ellen Schneider

A Learning Lab Conversation with Ellen Schneider, Founder and Director, Active Voice Lab, San Francisco, CA Image: Horticulture, Active Voice Lab Venue: Counterpoints Arts, 128 Hoxton St, London N1 […]

17 Feb 2017

Refugee Week 2017 Conference

A stimulating day of workshops, performances and short, inspiring presentations to help you prepare for Refugee Week.

28 Feb 2017

Dance/Movement, Refugees and Migration

A Platforma networking meeting looking at current practice and future directions. Open to all (whether you have previous experience in this work or not).

10 Mar 2017

Platforma Festival planning

Multi-Art Form

Join us to help plan for the fourth national Platforma Festival showcasing the arts by, with and about refugees, taking place in Newcastle and across the North East in October 2017.

14 - 19 Mar 2017

Who Are We?

Learning, Multi-Art Form

A week long programme of dialogue, artist-led workshops, debate and lively disruption, asking what it means to belong – across and within borders.

14 Mar 2017

Learning Lab: Unlearning the Role of the Artist with Eva Sajovic


Join us for a Learning Lab with artist, Eva Sajovic, when she practices the art of ‘unlearning’, whilst posing questions about the politics of representing others in an age of global displacement.

17 Mar 2017

Stuart Hall Foundation, ‘Who do you think you are? Culture, identity and the contemporary art museum’

In collaboration with the Stuart Hall Foundation and chaired by Gilane Tawadros, this special event will bring together directors of major contemporary art museums in Europe to discuss how contemporary art institutions shape our sense of identity and belonging at a time of political and social turbulence.

17 Mar 2017

Film Screening: John Akomfrah’s The Stuart Hall Project (2013)

Film and Photography

John Akomfrah's ground-breaking documentary The Stuart Hall Project (2013) combines archive footage and a soundtrack of the music of Miles Davis to portray the life of Stuart Hall, the founding figure of cultural studies who has had a resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual and cultural life.

18 Mar 2017

Searching for Great Aunt Minna

Searching for Great Aunt Minna was inspired by a photograph and a commissioned photo essay for the London Sunday Times Magazine about the Sangoma, the traditional healers, (shamans) who are called by their Ancestors to heal. For Who Are We?, Jillian Edelstein will be in conversation with Liz Jobey, an associate editor of the FT Weekend Magazine.

19 Mar 2017

Peirene Press: breach and The Cut

Join us for a conversation between Samantha Schnee, Chair of Words Without Borders and publisher Meike Ziervogel, with writers Olumide Popoola and Annie Holmes to explore the unique commissioning approach of Peirene Press.

20 Mar 2017

Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – A Call to Creative Action

Multi-Art Form

Learning Lab engages the Platforma North West Hub, but also seeks to include artists, cultural workers, organisations, activists, academics and change-makers interested in forging alliances through working together.

28 - 29 Mar 2017

No Boundaries 2017 – a symposium on the role of arts and culture

Counterpoints Arts Co-directors, Áine O’Brien and Almir Koldzic presented at this year’s No Boundaries conference, 28 & 29th March 2017, on the transformative potential of art as a catalyst for social change and the importance of cross-cultural partnerships between artists, communities and institutions.

30 - 31 May 2017

Learning Lab: Support Group network-SGN & Re:Act, Valand Academy, Kultur i Väst, Outgrain, and Counterpoints Arts, London


A Learning Lab scheduled for 30/31 May 2017, inspired by the self-organising, cooperative arts and culture work of the Restad Gård ‘’Support Group network-SGN & Re:Act project of Save the Children’ in different refugee camps and municipalities across Sweden and Europe.

13 - 18 Jun 2017

Project Refuge/e

Visual Arts

Get an insight into the conditions experienced by many refugees with Refuge/e, a new project that gives a first-hand sense of Syrian refugee lives in the Middle East.

15 - 23 Jun 2017

Refugee Week 2017 Special Film Programme at the BFI Southbank

Film and Photography

To celebrate Refugee Week 2017, Counterpoints Arts have partnered with BFI again this year, to create an exciting film programme of cinematic and virtual reality stories that invite audiences to witness and engage with experiences of displacement.

17 Jun 2017

Alketa Xhafa Mripa’s ‘Refugees Welcome’ mobile installation at University of York

Community & Participation, Visual Arts

Artist Alketa Xhafa Mripa will be presenting her dynamic installation Refugees Welcome at York University's York Festival of Ideas, Saturday 17th June 2017.

17 Jun 2017

Learning Lab: The Politics of Hospitality and the Refuge City


A Learning Lab on The Politics of Hospitality and the Refuge City, inspired by artist's Alketa Xhafa Mripa's dynamic installation 'Refugees Welcome' at York University's York Festival of Ideas, Saturday 17th June 2017.

18 Jun 2017

Our Shared Future – Refugee Week


For the third year running Refugee Week 2017 is launched in London in partnership with Southbank Centre. The music programme is part of Southbank Centre's Meltdown Festival 2017, curated by M.I.A.

19 Jun - 2 Jul 2017

Charwei Tsai: Hear Her Singing

Visual Arts

Hear Her Singing is a project by artist Charwei Tsai which takes the universal nature of song to create a platform for women refugees in the UK.

20 - 21 Jun 2017

Borderline: A Comedy about a Tragedy

Performance & Dance

As part of Refugee Week at Southbank Centre, witness a satire on Calais Jungle devised by an ensemble of European and refugee performers, across the two dates.

21 - 25 Jun 2017

Gift Giving: printmaking sessions with young refugees

Visual Arts

Artists Afshin Dehkordi and Saeed Taji Farouky are collaborating with a group of young refugee and asylum-seeking people to give voice to social meaning and its loss through basic printmaking techniques.

23 Jun 2017

Rafiki Jazz – Celebrating Refugee Week 2017


Long term collaborators Rafiki Jazz launch their new album at Rich Mix. The event includes live music and a panel, linked to Refugee Week and the theme of 'Our Shared Future'.

24 Jun 2017

Refugee Week at Southbank Centre

Multi-Art Form, Music, Visual Arts

Join us and our partners at Southbank Centre for a day of all kinds of creative, fun and engaging activities in response to this year's Refugee Week's theme 'Our Shared Future'.

24 Jun 2017

Refugees Welcome

Visual Arts

Visit Alketa Xhafa-Mripa for a conversation, and a cup of tea, inside her Refugees Welcome mobile installation comprising a Luton tail lift van: a potent symbol of the border crossings braved by refugees.

24 - 25 Jun 2017

Dear Home Office 2: Still Pending

Watch a play performed by ten young refugee men, telling versions of their own stories. Following the sell-out success and Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award nomination for Dear Home […]

24 Jun 2017

Refugee Week Big Sing


As part of Refugee Week 2017 celebrations, join us in and experience the power of song in bringing communities closer together. Learn songs inspired by a Hayward Gallery project […]

25 Jun 2017

Different Pasts, Shared Future: a Refugee Week special event

Multi-Art Form, Music, Visual Arts

As part of Refugee Week 2017, we are collaborating with the British Museum to bring a special event and celebrate this year’s theme – Shared Future. Join us for […]

8 Jul 2017

Shahre Farang, Refugees Welcome and Shed Your Fears

Multi-Art Form, Visual Arts

Iranian photographer Farhad Berahman presents memories of Iranian asylum seekers living in exile as part of Bournemouth University's Festival of Learning, July 8th 2017.

13 Jul 2017

Learning Lab: Unlearning the Role of the Artist: Part 2


Our next Learning Lab, Unlearning the Role of the Artist: Part 2, is framed by the interdisciplinary methodologies and comparative arts practice of London-based artist, Eva Sajovic. The Learning Lab will take place at MediaNox Gallery, Maribor (Slovenia) on 13th July 2017.

18 Jul 2017

What does it mean to have a rights-focused approach to arts participation?

Visual Arts

Join us for a morning of talks and discussion where we’ll explore diverse rights-focused approaches to arts participation. Guest speakers will present a range of perspectives and methods, providing insights into how these have applied to specific audience groups they’ve worked with. Speakers will then host a series of open roundtable discussions encouraging an open dialogue and exchange of ideas.

19 - 20 Jul 2017

Learning Lab on Migrant Mothers and Daughters – Participation Arts and Social Action in Research


This two-day Learning Lab focuses on Migrant Mothers and Daughters – Participation Arts and Social Action in Research at a pivotal stage of its development. We will critically re-examine film footage […]

19 - 31 Oct 2017

Platforma Festival 2017

Learning, Multi-Art Form

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.

22 Nov 2017

Seeking Shelter Late at the Jewish Museum


Hosted at the Jewish Museum, we are delighted to be collaborating with the Museum on this Late event. Presented as part of the Migration Festival programme for the Museum’s Sukkot: […]

12 Feb 2018

Refugee Week Conference

Get set for Refugee Week 2018 Join us for a day of listening, learning and networking in preparation for the 20th birthday edition of Refugee Week, 18-24 June 2018. Expect […]

28 Feb 2018

Refugee Week 2018 planning event for museums and galleries

The Migration Museums Network and Counterpoints Arts are hosting a free evening event at the Migration Museum to plan Refugee Week 2018 activities together.

6 Mar - 11 Jan 2018

Borderline at The Pleasance

Performance & Dance

The sell out satire of the Calais Jungle is back in London after its international tour! Borderline was devised and performed by a cast of European and refugee performers and directed by Sophie NL Besse for PSYCHEdelight - our current artists in residence.

7 Mar 2018

Juan delGado’s Living Room: Crossing Thresholds in Wakefield

Community & Participation, Visual Arts

A Learning Lab focusing on the participatory and social engagement work of Juan delGado - as seen through the lens of his two-stage ‘Living Room’ project set in the cultural and social landscape of Wakefield and at Art House.

16 - 7 Mar 2018

Learning Lab: The Politics of People and Place


A Learning Lab exploring the impact of austerity politics on local communities through three place-based arts projects.

22 - 27 May 2018

Who Are We?

Learning, Multi-Art Form, Visual Arts

Who Are We? Art, migration and the production of democracy with Counterpoints Arts, Loughborough University, the Open University and Stance Podcast

14 Jun - 7 Mar 2018

The Foreigner’s Home + intro by Counterpoints Arts + discussion

Film and Photography

A provocative meditation on humanity’s oldest divisions, based around Toni Morrison’s artistic and intellectual vision.

17 Jun 2018

Refugee Week Launch at the V&A

Multi-Art Form

Join us for workshops, music and performances as we kick off Refugee Week at the V&A.

17 Jun 2018

Through Our Eyes + Q&A with director Samir Mehanovic

Film and Photography

Does humanity ever learn from past tragedy? BAFTA-winning director Samir Mehanovic investigates.

19 - 17 Jun 2018

A Season in France

Film and Photography

A teacher flees to France from his war-torn country in this deeply affecting drama.

20 Jun 2018

Above the Drowning Sea

Film and Photography

The fascinating story of a Chinese diplomat who saved the lives of many refugees from Nazi-occupied Europe.

20 Jun 2018

Refugee Readings at Doughty Street Chambers

Visual Arts

Exclusive readings in an intimate setting at Doughty Street Chambers.

21 Jun 2018

Central Airport THF + intro

Film and Photography

This visually striking and poignant documentary explores Berlin’s Tempelhof Airport, which is today used as shelter for refugees.

22 Jun 2018

Refugee Week Friday late opening at the V&A

Multi-Art Form, Music

DJs, talks, film and music across the museum, celebrating Refugee Week’s 20th birthday.

23 Jun 2018

These Walls Must Fall

Multi-Art Form

Image: Hejira AN EVENING OF SPOKEN WORD, MUSIC AND RESISTANCE! An event organised by friends at Quakers in Britain, in collaboration with Right to Remain, Detention Action, Student Action […]

23 Jun 2018

Eid Festival 2018


A special Refugee Week programme for the London Mayor's Eid Festival in Trafalgar Square.

24 Jun 2018

Moving stories: a Refugee Week special event

Multi-Art Form

Come to the Museum for a day of performances, films and workshops to celebrate Refugee Week.

24 Jun 2018



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2 - 28 Oct 2018

Tania Bruguera in residency at Tate Exchange

Visual Arts

As part of the Hyundai Turbine Hall Commission, Tania Bruguera will be in residency at Tate Exchange for the month of October.

17 - 19 Oct 2018

Pop Culture and Social Change Retreat

Multi-Art Form

Counterpoints Arts is bringing together a select, invited group of around 50 individuals from the worlds of the visual and performing arts, broadcast media, entertainment, advertising, fashion, social media, philanthropy, charity and policy sectors.

26 Oct 2018

Global Significance


Join us at Tate Modern (Level 5) for a day of hip-hop, poetry, and spoken Word at Tate Exchange with Tania Bruguera, Tate Neighbours and Counterpoints Arts Global Significance […]

27 Oct 2018

Travelling Tales

Multi-Art Form

Join us this half term during Southbank Centre's London Literature Festival for an exciting afternoon of performance, literature and spoken word on the Clore Ballroom for primary school aged children.

4 Nov 2018

No Direction Home – Standup

Performance & Dance

Camden People’s Theatre (CPT) and Counterpoints Arts present an evening of standup comedy written and performed by people from refugee backgrounds. Featuring a lineup of first-time comedians coached for […]

7 Nov 2018

Learning Lab with Open University


Join us for a Learning Lab that will draw on the collaborative work between the Open University and Counterpoints Arts as part of Tate Exchange

20 - 21 Nov 2018

Learning Lab: Dead Reckoning with artist Bern o’Donoghue

Community & Participation, Learning

On 20th November drop in and participate with artist Bern O’Donoghue and Counterpoints Arts in the making of Dead Reckoning, an immersive installation bearing witness to the huge loss […]

21 Jan 2019

Platforma 5 networking event

Multi-Art Form

Join us at The Quarterhouse in Folkestone for a networking event leading up to Platforma 5,  taking place across Kent and Medway in October 2019.The event is open to all […]

11 - 15 Feb 2019

Refugee Week Conferences 2019

Community & Participation

We are delighted to announce the dates for TWO Refugee Week Conferences in 2019! Due to the long waiting lists Refugee Week Conference has had in recent years, we’ve […]

14 Mar 2019

Refugees of Rap – Speaking Truth to Power

Learning, Music

Conversation on hip hop, on what it means to be an artist – ‘who both risks and is at risk’, and about the power of words to challenge repression. With Refugees of Rap, Shay D, Mohammed Yahya and others. In collaboration with Plymouth University.

14 Apr - 15 May 2019

No Direction Home: Stand-Up Comedy


Since autumn 2018 Camden People’s Theatre, Counterpoints Arts and award-winning comedian Tom Parry (Pappy’s; Badults; The Lost Disc) have been running the No Direction Home stand-up programme – a […]

29 Apr 2019

Platforma 5 network & planning

Join us at the Huguenot Museum for a networking event leading up to Platforma 5, the fifth Platforma Festival, taking place across Kent and Medway in October 2019.

21 - 25 May 2019

Who Are We? Project at Tate Exchange

Learning, Multi-Art Form

Join Counterpoints Arts and The Open University along with artists and activists for the third year of Who Are We? Project.

8 Jun 2019

Refugee Week @ Mayor’s Eid Festival

Multi-Art Form

This year Counterpoints Arts have been invited to curate a refugee related strand of the London Mayor's Eid Festival, providing a taste of the upcoming Refugee Week.

15 Jun 2019

Refugee Week at the BFI – The Art of Exile: A Filmmaking Masterclass with Koutaiba Al-Janabi

Film and Photography

Join us to hear career insights from this award-winning filmmaker, alongside a screening of Stories of Passers Through.

16 Jun 2019

Refugee Week 2019 Launch at the V&A

Multi-Art Form

This year's Refugee Week national launch at the V&A is a family friendly programme that spreads across the Museum.

16 - 23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Jillian Edelstein photography commission

Film and Photography

'You, me and those who came before’ photography project invites us to explore experiences of displacement in our families, neighbourhoods and history.

16 Jun 2019

Refugee Week Launch at the V&A Museum – Songs of Sanctuary with Raghad Hadad and Sam Slatcher


A fusion of classical Syrian music and contemporary folk songs performed by Raghad Haddad from the National Syrian Orchestra and folk songwriter Sam Slatcher.

16 Jun 2019

Refugee Week Launch at the V&A Museum – Haymanot Tesfa


Haymanot Tesfa will be launching her debut album ‘Loosening of Strings’ with this performance in V&A’s Devonshire Hunting Tapestries room. Haymanot’s music is inspired by the ancient landscapes and […]

16 Jun 2019

Refugee Week Launch at the V&A Museum – Acacusine


Danto Aya, London based Tuareg musician performs a guitar-driven set in the style known among the Tuareg people as assouf.

16 Jun 2019

Special Refugee Week 2019 Tour of the V&A Collections

Performance & Dance

Take an unique Refugee Week tour of the V&A Museum with artists Ania Bas and Daniela Nofal

17 - 23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week 2019

Multi-Art Form

This June will be the 21st Refugee Week, taking place across the UK. It’s one of the biggest arts festivals in the country, a nationwide programme of arts, cultural […]

17 Jun 2019

Refugee Week at the BFI – Seniors’ Free Archive Matinee: Letter from an Unknown Woman

Film and Photography

A romantic drama of obsession and betrayal, set in 1900s Vienna.

19 Jun 2019

Integration of Refugees within the Creative Industry

Pop culture

We are delighted to be working with Strange Beast on a special event for Refugee Week exploring Integration of Refugees within the Creative Industry. We’ll be premiering a new film […]

20 Jun 2019

Refugee Week at the BFI – Styx

Film and Photography

A lone yachtswoman encounters a marooned vessel, not realising she’s about to get into deep water…

20 - 27 Jun 2019

Rubble Theatre

Multi-Art Form

German-Syrian artist Manaf Halbouni’s sculpture Rubble Theatre is a highlight of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland. It recreates a scene of destruction in Syria, featuring the rubble of a […]

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Special Late Opening at the V&A Museum

Multi-Art Form

Special Friday late opening at the Museum featuring Dance for Refuge, Don Letts DJ set and much more!

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Chineke! Junior String Quartet – Special Late Opening at the V&A Museum


Showcasing some of the most talented young classical musicians in the UK, the Chineke! Junior String Quartet was formed by the groundbreaking Chineke! Foundation who created the first professional orchestra in Europe to be made up of majority black and minority ethnic musicians.

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Madz – Special Late Opening at the V&A Museum


Manchester based Syrian beatboxer Madz has been performing on the streets, stages and national beatbox battle finals bringing together influences of electronic and drum n bass genres.

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Awate – Special Late Opening at the V&A Museum


One of our favourite London based rappers returns to Refugee Week.

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Dance for Refuge – Special Late Opening at the V&A Museum


For the third year in a row, Dance for Refuge are taking over the Grand Entrance and programming an evening of music to help raise awareness of the importance of migrant culture in the arts.

21 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: Don Letts DJ Set – Special Late opening at the V&A museum


Legendary DJ performs a set of upbeat reggae and tunes inspired by the Refugee Week theme of #generations.

21 - 22 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: ‘As Far As Isolation Goes’ at the V&A Museum

Performance & Dance

This durational performance by artists Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa reflects on the health experiences of refugees in the UK, using touch, sound and participation.

23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week at Southbank Centre

Comedy, Community & Participation, Music, Performance & Dance

Our 2019 collaboration with the Southbank Centre, with a programme of theatre, comedy, choir performances, a live art performance, Balkan music and more.

23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: No Direction Home: Workshop at the V&A Museum


No Direction Home workshop in this new V&A gallery display.

23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: No Direction Home with Romesh Ranganathan


Laughter unites us: an evening of stand-up by comics from refugee and migrant backgrounds, with guest headliners Suzi Ruffell and Romesh Ranganathan.

23 Jun 2019

Refugee Week: ‘As Far As Isolation Goes’ at Southbank Centre

Performance & Dance

This durational performance by artists Tania El Khoury and Basel Zaraa reflects on the health experiences of refugees in the UK, using touch, sound and participation.


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