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Platforma 6 : Yorkshire & Online, October-November 2021

The Platforma festival brings together artists, organisations, funders and others to showcase work, develop networks and capacity, share practice and to learn. It is produced by Counterpoints Arts with partners and artists and takes place in a different location every two years.

This year the sixth Platforma festival is happening in Yorkshire and online.

View listings of events, performances, exhibitions and activities 

View Programme summary (pdf)

The programme includes:

Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels

A specially commissioned online exhibition that will incorporate over 20 international textiles from the Conflict Textiles collection focused on global displacement, both historical and current. A short film will offer an in depth insight to the textiles. There will also be an online guided tour and a series of in-person and online events and programming inspired by the exhibition.

Leeds Playhouse: Theatres of Sanctuary

As part of their programme for Platforma 6, Leeds Playhouse, who were the first ever Theatre of Sanctuary, will host a Theatre of Sanctuary Network meeting.  A panel discussion produced in partnership with Opera North will focus on best practice for arts organisations that are working with people who are seeking sanctuary.

Friendship Through Puppets

6 Million + in Dewsbury are working with local people of all ages and backgrounds, including refugees from Syria to create a giant puppet 4 metres tall based on Najma, a Syrian woman re-settled in Kirklees – the seventh ‘Weeping Sister’ giant puppet created by 6 million +. All of the puppets will take part in a special parade for Platforma 6.

In Which Language Do We Dream? : Symposium

Join Rich Wiles and artists Taysir Batniji, Ala Buisir, Gohar Dashti and Andrew Jackson, as well as writer Anan Tello and Raghad Mardini, founding director of Litehouse Gallery, for an international symposium inspired by In Which Language Do We Dream?

Platforma is a network of organisations and artists across England that has been running since 2010. Managed by Counterpoints Arts, we work with partners of all scale – from community groups and individuals to large venues and producers.

Since 2011 the Platforma festival has taken place every two years in a different part of England – a national (and international) event, built on local partnerships.

If you are interested in finding out more – whether you are based in Yorkshire or elsewhere – please contact

Platforma 5 : Kent, 2019

With more than 40 events and a live audience of more than 10,000 people, Platforma 5 across Kent and Medway was our biggest yet. Everything was done in partnership, and we’d like to thank all those organisations and artists who took part from across the region and beyond.

Platforma’s work with organisations and artists in Kent & Medway continues, with a focus over the next three years on helping to develop capacity, networks and support for artists – informed by the results of our Platforma5 evaluation report (pdf)

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