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Dance and Theatre

  Monthly Exiled Lit Cafe: Monday 6th November 2017 at 7.30 pm Arts Across Borders On Stage. Poetry: Abol Froushan, Afsaneh Gitiforouz, Alev Adil and Alemu Tebeje. Theatre: Performance from ‘Evros: The Crossing River’ by Seemia Theatre plus discussion with the director and actors. Music: Song and accordion by Grace. Film: Clips from ‘Football Dream’ […]

Arts Across Borders

Call out for submission for an International Performance Lab with Dash Arts. Dash Arts have announced the launch of an International Performance Lab supporting UK-based migrant artists (the Migrant Artists Programme). In late November, Dash Arts will offer an artistic and professional development opportunity exploring performance in the unique Dash Arts style – across art- forms, […]

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21st June 2017

There’s a great new article in Directors Notes about how Majid Adin won a YouTube competition to make a video for Elton John’s Rocket Man. The resulting animation, made with Co-Director Stephen McNally and Blinkink, has been viewed seven million times…and counting. Here’s the film and a lovely “making of”.

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17th May 2017

An Invitation to  Primary Schools to Perform ‘As Free As A Bird’ as part of the Platforma Festival 2017 By Caroline Hoile. I write songs and musical plays for primary and early years education which many schools throughout the UK and around the world perform every year. They’re mostly published by Grumpy Sheep Music. Having […]

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For refugees, migrants, asylum seekers and their friends. By Tess Berry-Hart. “We are like birds when they fly and sing together. We say to the world; we are one, we are citizens of the world.” – Sonia, from Iran, choir member “Everyone can sing!” promises our musical director, Becky Dell, to the members of the […]

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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 2017 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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