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In a radical reimagining of Charles Dickens’ classic novel, we follow one refugee’s journey, buffeted between borders and bad company. Twist transforms Oliver’s struggle for sanctuary into a modern tale framed by the global crisis fast defining the 21st century.
14-09-2017  -  21-11-2017
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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.
19-10-2017  -  31-10-2017
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Connecting Communities is part of the 4th national Platforma Festival for the arts which is by, about and for refugees and migrants. Join us for a day of free performances and conversations about how the arts can bring people together around issues relating to refugees and migration.
19-10-2017  -  19-10-2017
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From Syria to Gateshead is an artistic and musical exploration of belonging among refugee-background Syrian young people living in Gateshead. It emerges out of a participatory arts-based study of belonging among young forced migrants living in regional cities in Australia and the United Kingdom.
19-10-2017  -  26-10-2017
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Children from three east end primary schools in Newcastle have been hard at work in their schools, singing, dancing and rehearsing to put together a performance of a brand new musical ‘As Free As a Bird!’ for the start of the Platforma festival.
19-10-2017  -  19-10-2017
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Working across Europe, Juan delGado has focused his recent practice on gathering and presenting stories from newly-arrived communities. For Common Ground, he has curated a short artist moving image programme by and about refugees and migrants. From the every day to the cataclysmic, the films and animations are tender, funny and heart rending.
19-10-2017  -  21-10-2017
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North East

Ritournelle (once more, from the top) is the result of Katia Kameli's artist-residency at the Church of St John the Baptist, Newcastle upon Tyne, which is programmed in collaboration with Platforma.
21-10-2017  -  15-01-2018
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Join us in Newcastle for the Platforma Conference as part of the 4th biennial Platforma Festival to share practice, ideas and inspiration with artists and organisations from across the North East, the UK and internationally.
27-10-2017  -  28-10-2017
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The past few years have seen an unprecedented rise in war and natural disaster accompanied buy a worldwide surge in far right politics. This has resulted in an estimated 21 million forced migrants worldwide. How can we respond to this as artists and scholars? This session aims to highlight the links between displacement and art and discuss the challenges of creating work about an on-going crisis.
27-10-2017  -  27-10-2017
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Three Women, Two Children, One Story… A compelling and uplifting story about motherhood, homeland and the power of love, told with insight, warmth, and humour.
31-10-2017  -  12-11-2017
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Umma Hamido's On Akka's Shore is an audio visual artistic reflection of one person's journey from a Palestinian Refugee Camp to London.
02-11-2017  -  02-11-2017
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The Croydon Avengers unique style blends comic book visuals with action-packed martial arts to tell a funny, powerful story of terrorist threats, heroism and true friendship in an England that seems frightened of anyone who’s different.
03-11-2017  -  04-11-2017
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Yorkshire and Humberside

An impassioned call to arms, a play and a campaign: ‘TANJA’ is a dramatic meta-theatrical exploration of immigration detention centres starring Emily Ntshangase-Wood - a former Yarl’s Wood detainee.
07-11-2017  -  23-11-2017
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Performance focusing on the life and work of the celebrated 13th century Persian poet Jalal ad-Din Muhammad Rumi, who rose to prominence among English-speaking readers following the publication of his translated works in the United States. He was hailed as the supreme poet of love and his collected works topped best-seller lists for poetry for several years.
11-11-2017  -  11-11-2017
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