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Our November Platforma/Refugee Week Monthly Meet was a workshop led by Facebook Open Arts about how to use Facebook and Instagram to sell your artistic and creative work. Aimed at artists from refugee backgrounds, the workshop covered how to set up a business page on Facebook and Instagram, designing engaging visual content and creating a […]

Uprootedness & Hybridity: Researching Eastern-European intergenerational trauma in the arts and theatre An online seminar initiated by Monika Dorniak. Produced by Counterpoints Arts as part of Refugee Week 2021. Watch a recording of the seminar below. With contributions by: Monika Dorniak & Susanna Rydz, Olesya Khromeychuk, Nina Mdivani, Jessica Ostrowicz, Red Zenith Collective. Image courtesy […]


By Peter Drury, Peter Drury, Representative of the Colombian Truth Commission – UK “Get out of here, I will not answer for the consequences if you don’t leave.” “Stop your complaints and campaigning you and your sort have been declared a military target.” “We invite you to your funeral, with deepest sympathy”. Years of threats in […]


the other side of hope: journeys in refugee and immigrant literature is  a new print and online literary magazine, edited by immigrants and refugees. The purpose is to serve and celebrate the refugee and immigrant communities worldwide.  They are funded by Arts Council England, and supported by ArtReach and Journeys Festival International. Call for submissionsThey welcome submissions of  […]

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Magic for Smiles (MFS) was piloted in early 2016 in Lebanon and set up as a charity in 2019 by the long term humanitarian and magician of 30 years, Jamie Balfour-Paul (stage name Jamie Jibberish due to the extensive use of his magic language). MFS is based in Oxford UK and promotes humanitarian magic – […]

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Manchester-based African-led Arts and Cultural organisation Amani Creatives has received funding to support post-COVID resilience. This project is funded by the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage. The Culture Recovery Fund is being delivered by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic England, using funds provided by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. The support will […]

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12th February 2021

Margarita Novikova offers an invitation for collaboration. As a multimedia artist and a former journalist my expertise is to make thematic collections of real human stories interactive, aiming to amplify communities’ voices and create a mechanism for them to be heard. I run an online interactive platform Be Heard Museum to present my projects based on […]


24th November 2020

Editor in Chief Giulia Ciccolella introduces Ekō Magazine Ekō Magazine aims to produce more authentic and ethical journalism by providing a platform for people to speak for themselves and to amplify their voice to challenge mainstream media’s reporting on the so-called migrant crisis. Focussing on storytelling and art, our collaborative project gathers first-hand accounts by […]


By Stephen Burke In February 2020 we began work on an arts/media project with a group of teenage boys, Syrian Refugees, whose families had been resettled in Leeds. The boys met twice weekly at a youth club for 2 hours on a Friday and they played football on a Tuesday evening. The ambition for the […]

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Susan Metwali introduces a 30 minute practice especially for Refugee Week: gently moving your body, breath and voice, to relax, ground, release, energise and alter your emotional response to a present situation. Although I would not call the sequence in my video, ‘Yoga’ in the classical sense, it does have elements that are in line […]

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10th March 2020

By Joy C Martindale Trailblazers (2020) is a new artwork which brings together the creative explorations of a group of 14 to 19-year-olds over the course of seven workshops at Walmer Castle. The teenagers are unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers who are supported by KRAN in Canterbury. This project has set out to give participants […]

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18th December 2019

Flock Project is an installation of over 200 ceramic birds. It was initiated by artist Julie Nelson as an interpretation of Brighton’s starling murmurations which occur in Winter evenings close to where Julie lives and works. The project has developed the migration theme into a series of clay bird making workshops for members of the […]


By Colleen Molloy, National Development Officer, City Of Sanctuary City of Sanctuary UK is a network contributing to building the movement for welcome for people seeking sanctuary in the UK. We promote understanding, recognition and celebration of the ways in which people seeking sanctuary enrich society and seek positive change. Our goal is to create […]

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18th September 2019

A new podcast series has been designed and developed by the Finnish Institute to open debate and discussion around the practice of working with migrant communities. London-based community artist Arji Manuelpillai meets some of the inspiring people working with migrant communities in London and Helsinki and discusses with the guests about issues and challenges, practical […]

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5th September 2019

By India Rose from Yellow Projects 27 – 29 September 2019 School of Fine Arts, Athens The Yellow Days is a three-day cultural festival, inviting members of Athens’ refugee community to participate equally with Greek and international contributors. As newcomers, visitors and locals share music, dance, art-making, and meals, they bond beyond linguistic and social barriers. […]