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‘Rafiki Jazz.. the best of British’ Songlines Top of the World Nine native and migrant folk remix roots music and tell modern day stories with a glance back to the ancients. Celebrating unity in diversity with their latest CD release Har Dam Sahara (Riverboat Records) WOMAD 2018 favourites Rafiki Jazz play music that’s ‘a love-letter […]

29 September 2018  -  05 November 2018
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Songs Of Sanctuary will be performed at Durham Cathedral along with Raghad Haddad, viola player from the National Syrian Orchestra, along with Sam and some of the group.

19 October 2018  -  19 October 2018

European Youth Music Refugee Choirs are brand new for 2018, reflecting the same ethos of international friendship through high quality music making. Their first concert will be held at Leicester Cathedral.

03 August 2018  -  03 August 2018

Exiled Writers Ink with Hikayetna (for the writers) present an exploration of the ambiguous line between absence and presence in words, film and music

06 August 2018  -  06 August 2018


St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG 30 June, 8pm Rachel Beckles Willson – vocals, oud Francesco Iannuzzelli – guitar, oud, rubab Ciro Montanari – tabla Kostas Tsarouchis – double bass Evgenios Voulgaris – yayli tanbur What connects the stories of a Gambian rapper, an exiled Italian writer and an […]

30 June 2018  -  30 June 2018

V&A,  Gallery 4 – The Globe, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Four members of Freedom from Torture’s creative writing group ‘Write to Life’ share their moving, surprising and darkly humorous stories in prose and song. A musical journey to London from Cuba, Burundi, Uganda and Iran, with stories of what was lost and gained on […]

17 June 2018  -  17 June 2018
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West Midlands

A concert featuring the premier of I am Swimming by composer Nigel Osborne, with accompanying film, that charts the journey of a refugee using the words of child refugees that Nigel has met and worked with through his work with SAWA, a charity in Lebanon working with Syrian refugees.

03 March 2018  -  03 March 2018

Looking out onto the same Mediterranean Sea, but from opposite sides of the coast, Turkish-Kurdish poet Bejan Matur and Italian jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia have synthesised their art in an exploration of the recent refugee crisis. With the Mediterranean as their stage, Matur and Battaglia have created a one-off performance inspired by its culture, history and mythology, uniting their poetry and music to question the meaning of home for all of humanity, past and present.

01 March 2018  -  01 March 2018
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Join poets of different faiths and no faith to explore their experiences of conflict and the role of religion in war. See if such weighty topics can be challenged by humour – a vital weapon for survival.

05 November 2017  -  05 November 2017
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Children from three east end primary schools in Newcastle have been hard at work in their schools, singing, dancing and rehearsing to put together a performance of a brand new musical ‘As Free As a Bird!’ for the start of the Platforma festival.

19 October 2017  -  19 October 2017
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North East

Ritournelle (once more, from the top) is the result of Katia Kameli’s artist-residency at the Church of St John the Baptist, Newcastle upon Tyne, which is programmed in collaboration with Platforma.

21 October 2017  -  15 January 2018

Amharic singer and traditional krar player Haymanot Tesfa was born and raised in Ethiopia and is emerging as a rising star on the world music scene. Her music is inspired by deep reflection on the dramatic ancient landscapes and meditative social & religious music of her Ethiopian roots, the sound of Haymanot’s voice is t he true song of a free spirit, fearless and intensely experimental.

24 September 2017  -  24 September 2017