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13th December 2017

The fourth Platforma Festival took place across the North East of England in October 2017. It was a showcase of brilliant new work and an opportunity to share ideas, challenge concepts and build networks. A #creativecase congregation in the heart of Newcastle. Inspired by the continued brilliant work of the @PlatformaArts @ace_thenorth — […]


2nd November 2017

Samra Mayanja reflects on her experience at the recent Platforma Festival 2017 Platforma Festival has been an invigorating and challenging two days for me. Usually, I split my time between spaces primarily focused on art or activism but rarely the two. I seldom find myself in a place where art is used as a tool […]


I am one week away from being in Newcastle for Platforma Festival, and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s the first time that I have been invited to represent Migration Collective anywhere, let alone outside of the London-bubble that I have lived and worked in for more than two years. Perhaps what I’m the most […]

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20th October 2017

Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending My name is Laura Nyahuye, l am a Zimbabwean born Artist. I migrated to the UK a number of years ago. I am a Speaker, Artist, Designer, Creative writer and Motivator […]

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16th October 2017

Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending Bevin Magama writes: I am a Zimbabwean-born performance storyteller and author living in Cardiff, Wales. I came to the UK as a refugee in 2001. My book Vicious, is an autobiography about my […]


Ahead of the Platforma Festival later this month, we are using the Platforma blog to introduce some of the people who will be attending. Victoria Mponda writes: I was born in Malawi but was forced to move to Zimbabwe as a child and then came to the UK as a refugee with my mother in […]


Henna Asikainen is a mixed-media artist born in Joensuu, Finland. She uses different mediums to explore issues concerned with nature and the environment. Her work contributes to the debates around complex ecological issues and explores the poetics of our fundamental relationship with the world around us. She also examines the aesthetic value of nature and […]


Isabel Lima is a Newcastle-upon-Tyne-based artist whose most recent work titled Gresham’s Wooden Horse aims to brings together disparate communities living in Gresham, central Middlesbrough. The project is inspired by the ancient Greek story of the Trojan Horse, built by Greek soldiers as a means of infiltrating and taking control of the city of Troy. […]

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Call to artists: A supported artist residency at St John the Baptist, Newcastle, with A+CE (Art and Christianity Enquiry) and Platforma Festival Overview A+CE and Platforma seek proposals from artists who would like to take up a supported four week residency based at St John the Baptist Church in Newcastle this summer. Programmed in […]

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7th July 2016

By Hannah Pillai, ArtReach. As part of Refugee Week 2016, ArtReach hosted a live music and spoken word event – VOICED – to showcase the talent of the East Midlands refugee community, in association with the Platforma Network. The basement of The Exchange in Leicester became a glittering lair where the audience sat back, relaxed […]


On 2nd July the Platforma South East network in association with Music for Change and supported by Arts Council England held the launch event for an exhibition at Turner Contempoary in Margate based on the 2016 Refugee Week theme ‘Welcome’. Bringing together newly commissioned work created by, with and about refugees and migrants from marginalised […]


The Platforma South East & East regional hub Artist Commission 2016 commissioning opportunity is now open to applicants. The brief is for new work to be created in any art form that explores the 2016 Refugee Week theme: ‘Welcome’. A total of 4 artist commissions will be awarded: 2 in Kent/Sussex and 2 in Peterborough. […]


We were delighted to welcome a team from BBC Arts to our Platforma Festival in Leicester in November. Overall we helped them make four films, including one about the Platforma Conference. The films were part of a season curated by Vicky Featherstone (artistic director of the Royal Court Theatre) and included pieces on The Paper Project, […]


By Tory Davidson For many who work at the intersection of art and refugee and migrant experiences, the engagement with and the building of communities is key. Therefore it is only appropriate that a community for the artists, practitioners, academics, and advocates engaging with this subject is built and maintained. The Platforma Conference (part of […]