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By Susanna Snyder. I am Assistant Director, Catherine of Siena College, at the University of Roehampton. I am also a member of the Faculty of Theology and Religion at the University of Oxford, and a Research Associate of the Oxford Centre for Christianity and Culture at Regent’s Park College, Oxford. I am conducting a study […]

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1st July 2016

Our Platforma partners in Yorkshire and Humberside, Arts on the Run, presented six artists from the region for The Art of Migration, part of the Migration Matters festival in Sheffield for Refugee Week.  Ayse Balko ‘To find personal, innovative art, sometimes an artist needs to look deeper, at new ways of self-expression that can be […]

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With Refugee Week in June 2016 approaching fast, it is time to start organising and uploading your own event. Anyone can organise an event, whether it be large or small scale, anywhere in the country, of any type. With this year’s theme of ‘Welcome’, there are endless possibilities and we will be right along side […]

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11th March 2016

By Haneen Azzam On the third floor of  Sutton House sits a beautiful handmade silk jacket once owned and worn by Sarah De St. Croix, a Huguenot refugee. The Huguenots fled from France in the 16th century and the Sutton House in Hackney was a welcome place of refuge. As part of the ‘Human Quest […]


Journalist Ismail Einashe on the memories, and questions, stirred up by an old photograph. I am holding a photo in my hand it’s of a young boy sat on the bare earth. The ground is parched, uniform, except for speckles of green grass. The boy, a tiny little thing, is wearing a dark sweater – […]


Created by the British Red Cross, The Long Road highlights real-life experiences of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK and across the world. The  record features the likes of Grammy Award-winning group Tinariwen and spoken word poet Scroobius Pip and Congolese-born musician and singer Didier Kisala. It is produced by Brit Award winner Ethan […]


This month the travel magazine Escapism has published an extraordinary special issue looking at the situation affecting refugees around the world and how people are responding to it. Counterpoints Arts (the charity behind Platforma) helped point them towards some arts and culture stories and we’re delighted to see the great job they have done in […]


8th September 2015

Jess Linton explains why Art Refuge UK are setting up a pilot project with refugees in Calais Art Refuge UK is planning to undertake a two month art therapy pilot project starting later this month, in response to the severe and diverse psychosocial needs of the refugees living in the camp known as the ‘Jungle’ in […]

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The third Platforma Festival will take place in Leicester across the first week of November. Following events in London (2011) and Manchester (2013) this year the Festival will, for the first time, have a special event for international delegates – Platforma International (4th November) The central event of the Festival will be the Platforma Conference […]


Al Zaytouna dance and theatre group are looking for participants for a new show they are planning for November 2015. They are looking to include refugees from Middle Eastern and African countries to volunteer to be part of a show in which they can contribute any of the following skills or interests: dancing, African drumming […]

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At the end of May the new Platforma website went live, making it easier to upload profiles and find out what’s happening across the Platforma arts & refugees network. Existing profiles will be transferred to this new site over the coming weeks. If you have any questions please contact the Platforma project manager Tom Green […]

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