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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.

In 2021 sixth Platforma festival took place in Yorkshire and online. Information about Platforma 7 (October 2023) will be shared in Spring 2022.

 Platforma 6 Commissions & Co-Commissions, supported by Counterpoints Arts

Poetry @ Platforma 6: Leading poets worked with participants in Halifax, Rotherham and Barnsley to create new work for local performances in a project led by Kayo Chingonyi. With Leeds Poetry Festival, St Augustine’s, Halifax Festival of Words, Northern Broadsides, Barnsley Feels Like Home, Grimm and Co.

Suitcases: Telling Textile Travels : an online exhibition from Conflict Textiles  incorporating 23 international textiles from their collection, focused on global displacement. Watch the film. We also held textile-making workshops led by Tatiana Hernández-De Ceapóg

Transmissions: Compass Collective joined Leeds Playhouse and the British Red Cross to work with young people in Leeds.

FLOCK: A Woman’s Journey: Mafwa Theatre’s first cohort of Associate Artists present digital versions of their work.

Friendship Through Puppets: 6 Million + in Dewsbury created a parade of their Weeping Sisters puppets, including the new Syrian Sister created by local people, refugees and students in Kirklees. Watch the film

Migran-Te: a new outdoor multidisciplinary performance by Pepa Duarte and Charly Monreal, performed at Piece Hall (Halifax) and the University of Leeds

Anti-Gone: short film from Xameleon Theatre, documenting the creation of a newly commissioned play

Borderline on film: PSYCHEdelight premiere a new film of their landmark “comedy about a tragedy”

In-Flight – presenting work by Parent Group at Together with Migrant Children from a collaboration with artist Varvara Shavrova.

Seminars and workshops

Uprootedness & Hybridity: Exploring intergenerational trauma in Central and Latin America through art and anthropology, presented by Monika Dorniak – watch a recording of the seminar\

The Clothes On Our Backs: exploring the contribution of refugees to the British textile, fashion and design industries in the 1930s and 40s. With Anna Nyburg and Jill Winder. Presented in partnership with Leeds University Library and Insiders/Outsiders

The Mic Is Yours: a poetry workshop led by Anan Tello and performances presented by Artworks Creative Communities and Counterpoints Arts.

Palermo: The Black Mediterranean: Collaborative, Investigative Methods in a Frontier Place with Ismael Einashe, in partnership with Create Ireland.

Sabir الصبر : Tea, Textiles and Time: textiles workshop in Harrogate led by by Kate Dunn and Matilda Velevitch

Found In Translation: online poetry translation event

Symposium: In Which Language Do We Dream – with Impressions Gallery Bradford that offers.

Career Development for Musicians: How can musicians from refugee backgrounds be supported, from being newly arrived to establishing and building a career?

From Project Funding to Core: online seminar for organisations wanting to move to a more sustainable long-term fundraising strategy.

Stitching Time and Place: Postcards Across the River: a project led by the Clapham Park Creative Co-op

ESOL and the Arts: working creatively to teach English – watch a recording of the seminar

between two shores: Henna Asikainen presents her new participatory art project


Opera North’s Theatre of Sanctuary Open Mic Night: a celebration of collaboration and connection featuring musicians from around the world who are now based in the region.

Bobak Champion: I’m Muslamic Don’t Panik: part of Intercultured Festival

Rafiki Jazz Live In Concert: part of Intercultured Festival

View Programme summary (pdf)


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 report (pdf)

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