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  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’ […]

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16th October 2017

Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending Bevin Magama writes: I am a Zimbabwean-born performance storyteller and author living in Cardiff, Wales. I came to the UK as a refugee in 2001. My book Vicious, is an autobiography about my […]

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16th October 2017

Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending .     Salma Zulfiqar writes: Art is an important vehicle to raise awareness of the humanitarian scenes I have witness over the passed 15 years while working with the United Nations […]

From coming to the UK in the back of a lorry to performing at The Pleasance By Syed Najibi, Emirjon Hoxhaj, Awet Mohamed Ali and Kate Duffy of Phosphoros Theatre Company ‘Can you bring the play to Brighton, Bradford, Sheffield, NEW YORK!’ Here’s five thousand dollars to make Dear Home Office the Movie!’ That is […]

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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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Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending. Victoria Mponda writes: I was born in Malawi but was forced to move to Zimbabwe as a child and then came to the UK as a refugee with my mother in […]

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20th September 2017

A new development programme for emerging storytellers, from Filotico Arts Do you enjoy telling stories and have some experience of performance? Are you a 1st, 2nd or 3rd generation migrant? Do you want to reimagine and perform myths, folklore and fairy tales but also ghost stories, epics, fantasy and sci-fi narratives from around the world […]

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16th September 2017

As part of the 4th Platforma Festival, Katia Kameli has been commissioned by Art and Christianity Enquiry to create a new installation at St John the Baptist Church in Newcastle. The work will be launched at a special event on 21 October and will be available to view throughout the Festival. Katia Kameli is French-Algerian […]

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18th August 2017

Artist Alice Kettle is embarking on an ambitious new arts project, Thread Bearing Witness, seeking to connect concerned communities and individuals across the UK, inviting them to get stitching, showing solidarity and raising funds for displaced people around the world. Simultaneously, Alice is working on a local level to connect personally with individual women and […]

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17th August 2017

By Kerry Tuhill, Action Factory. Since 2015, we have collaborated on a children’s visual art project as part of Refugee Week. Initially it was run by Mukhtar Ghebirrebbi with colleagues and volunteers from The Children’s Society Family Safe Project in Blackburn. Volunteer artist Urmila Chowdhury ran the sessions. We helped access extra funding, find, promote […]

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Henna Asikainen is a mixed-media artist born in Joensuu, Finland. She uses different mediums to explore issues concerned with nature and the environment. Her work contributes to the debates around complex ecological issues and explores the poetics of our fundamental relationship with the world around us. She also examines the aesthetic value of nature and […]

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Isabel Lima is a Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based artist whose most recent work titled Gresham’s Wooden Horse aims to brings together disparate communities living in Gresham, central Middlesbrough. The project is inspired by the ancient Greek story of the Trojan Horse, built by Greek soldiers as a means of infiltrating and taking control of the city of Troy. […]

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30th June 2017

House of Illustration is planning an exhibition for 2018-9 that will show how illustration has been used to document the refugee crisis and share human stories. The exhibition is still in its early stages, but the aim is to humanise the refugee crisis and show the importance of illustrators in helping the public understand political […]

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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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