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Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants. 

We hope that the quality and diversity of the work presented within the Platforma project will encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.

Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with organisations across the country. Every two years we run the Platforma Festival – the first was held in London (2011) , then Manchester (2013), Leicester (2015), Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton & Middlesbrough (2017).  Platforma 5, took place in Kent & Medway in October 2019. Platform 6 will take place in Yorkshire in October 2021.

Every week we provide one-to-one information to artists and organisations: on subjects including access to opportunities, contacts, project development and fundraising. If you have questions, or would just like to talk through some ideas, you are welcome to email Tom Green at Counterpoints Arts: 

Since 2020 we have been running monthly meet-ups online in partnership with the Refugee Week network (also managed by Counterpoints Arts). For information about future events sign up to the Counterpoints Arts and Refugee Week newsletters.

Platforma also co-ordinates regular meetings of producers commissioning work in the context of arts, refugees and migration, including the main Refugee Week festivals that take place around the country each year.

Platforma was set up by Counterpoints Arts, with the support of Ovalhouse Theatre. The project stems from the recommendations made in the 2008 Hybrid report The Arts and Refugees – History, Impact and the Future, which was commissioned by The Baring Foundation, Arts Council England, London and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation. The report and associated research set out ‘to trace the history of the arts and refugees in the UK over the past 20 years, to identify trends in practice and funding, to report on the outcomes of this activity and to make recommendations for its future support’.

We are always interested in connecting with new artists, organisations and networks so please do get in touch!

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