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 […]

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.

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.

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

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 […]

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, […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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”.

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 […]

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.

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.