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In Which Language Do We Dream?

Platforma 6 : Yorkshire, October 2021

The biennial Platforma festival for the arts by, with and about refugees is produced by
Counterpoints Arts. It brings together artists, organisations, funders and others to showcase work, develop networks and capacity, share practice and to learn.

This year the Platforma festival is coming to Yorkshire!

Platforma 6 will take place at a range of venues and public spaces across the county throughout October 2021, produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with more than 20 different organisations, artists and collectives.

The programme for Platforma 6 will include:

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? : Rich Wiles and the al-Hindawi family

An exhibition at Impressions Gallery Bradford that offers fresh insights into the issues of displacement, identity, resettlement, integration and home, through the photographic perspectives of a Syrian family with first-hand experience. It is a co-created project, bringing together a 5-year photographic collaboration between socially-engaged photographer Rich Wiles and the al-Hindawi family, through discussions with curator Anne McNeil and supported by Arts Council England.
Picture: Re-worked family archive photograph. © Rich Wiles/al-Hindawi family

Kayo Chingonyi

Award-winning poet Kayo Chingonyi will be curating a programme of poetry, spoken word and Hip Hop, as well as hosting and performing in locations across Yorkshire.

Other Platforma 6 partner organisations and artists include East Street Arts, Opera North, Art House, Intercultured Festival, St Augustine’s Centre in Halifax, Barnsley Feels Like Home, Mafwa Theatre, Matilda Velevitch, Varvara Shavrova, Compass Theatre, Artworks Creative Communities,  Halifazx Festival of Words, Opera North, University of Leeds.

Full details of the programme will be published later this summer.

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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