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16th February 2017

Rafiki Jazz, world music’s ‘global utopians’, play their music in a space at the intersection of world heritages & faiths, technologies and traditions, and go into 2016 with their ambitious new Trance-iT project featuring a live performance set, CD album & video release celebrating ritual, trance & dance through interfaith and devotional music in secular […]

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13th December 2016

We’re delighted to be supporting this great new track and video from the brilliant Op Sa! Balkan Band with Azza (who has been part of the Platforma Network in the South East). You can buy the track here, with all proceeds to the Hummingbird Project Embrace – Op Sa! Balkan Band + Azza Written by […]

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7th July 2016

By Hannah Pillai, ArtReach. As part of Refugee Week 2016, ArtReach hosted a live music and spoken word event – VOICED – to showcase the talent of the East Midlands refugee community, in association with the Platforma Network. The basement of The Exchange in Leicester became a glittering lair where the audience sat back, relaxed […]

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On 2nd July the Platforma South East network in association with Music for Change and supported by Arts Council England held the launch event for an exhibition at Turner Contempoary in Margate based on the 2016 Refugee Week theme ‘Welcome’. Bringing together newly commissioned work created by, with and about refugees and migrants from marginalised […]

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By Sophie Besse of PSYCHEdelight. PSYCHEdelight theatre company has been very involved in the Calais for the past year and has now two projects linked to it: CALL FOR ARTISTS (expenses paid) We’re organising a fundraising festival during refugee week between the 21st and 26th of June and we are looking for some artists who […]

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Haymanot Tesfa has won the latest World Music Network Battle of the Bands, beating stiff competition from a range of other artists for public votes and then selection by a specialist panel. “Ethiopian artist Haymanot Tesfa’s amazing singing immerses you in a rich world of song where pure passion meets tranquility. Singing in the Amharic […]

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Created by the British Red Cross, The Long Road highlights real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world. The  record features the likes of Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen and spoken word poet Scroobius Pip and Congolese-born musician and singer Didier Kisala. It is produced by Brit Award winner Ethan […]

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An interview with bass player and composer Michael Cretu. What led you to become a musician? I come from a 300 year-old musicians family from Transylvania. My great great grandfather was the violinist of the city of Braila, my grandfather a double bassist, my uncle a double bassist and composer (considered the father of Romanian […]

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Artists’ collective Virtual Migrants are setting out on an ambitious tour with their new production Continent Chop Chop exploring the connections between austerity, migration and climate change. And it’s coming to the Platforma Festival in Leicester! Learn more about Continent Chop Chop in the short films below. Full details and booking for Continent Chop Chop […]

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Community Arts North West is seeking an experienced Music Leader who’s passionate about encouraging the musicality and music-making of children to lead on their Youth Music-funded Kamosi Roma-Heritage Music-Making programme starting in September 2015 through to July 2016. Details of how to apply are available at: http://can.uk.com/whats-on/opportunities/ Closing date for expressions of interest: 5pm, Wednesday 15th […]

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Al Zaytouna dance and theatre group are looking for participants for a new show they are planning for November 2015. They are looking to include refugees from Middle Eastern and African countries to volunteer to be part of a show in which they can contribute any of the following skills or interests: dancing, African drumming […]

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In the run-up to the third Platforma Festival in Leicester this November, we’re presenting some highlights from the first two events. This is Didier and Remie from Birmingham-based group The Redeemed playing at The Martin Harris Centre in Manchester 2013. Fabulous.

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