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19 October 2017  -  19 October 2017

4th Platforma Festival – Connecting Communities

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ARC, Dovecot St, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 1LL

Connecting Communities at ARC Stockton Arts Centre is part of the 4th national Platforma Festival.

Join Counterpoints Arts and ARC for a day of free performances and conversations about how the arts can bring people together around issues relating to refugees and migration. “Now, more than ever, we believe that the arts has a central role to play in connecting communities. For both those who have been displaced and for longer term residents, the arts can be a space for communication, sharing, activism and discussion.”

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Connecting Communities Programme:

1.30pm – Doors open

2.00pm – A welcome and introduction to the day delivered by Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, ARC Stockton and Tom Green, Project Manager for Platforma, Counterpoints Arts.

2.10pm – Panel with United Voices Choir Leader, Charlotte McLoughlin, Annabel Turpin and Tom Green. United Voices is a free community choir for women in Stockton, committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for women from all backgrounds and cultures.

2.40pm – Performance of Borderline by PSYCHEdelight. Actors from refugee and European backgrounds have created an acclaimed new work about the camp in Calais.


3.55pm Break with free tea and coffee available.

4.10pm Film screening of Queens of Syria. Documentary film by Yasmin Fedda about a unique theatrical performance in Lebanon which saw refugee women from Syria perform their own version of Trojan Women. (Arabic with English Subtitles)


5.35pm Break with free tea and coffee available.

5.55pm Performance of T-Shirts by Natasha Davis. What is your favourite t-shirt? A new, commissioned multi-media encounter with time and memory, with losses and liberations of living in transit – from an artist whose own performances and t-shirts have been crossing borders on five continents through the past decade. Followed by panel discussion with Natasha and Displace Yourself Theatre Company.

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See the full Platforma Festival 2017 programme