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25th July 2019

By Amy FW Corcoran and Isobel Roele On 10th June this year, an artist, and academic, and about thirty 12 and 13 year-olds from Mile End in East London pitched up at Tate Modern, all set to make a giant Snakes & Ladders board. This might sound like the beginning of a joke, but its […]

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12th July 2019

By Alan Gignoux I am working on a new project photographing refugees in different European countries and am keen to find people in the UK who would like to participate. I am using a Camera Obscura to keep the background in sharp focus while the human figure is blurred – reflecting the reality of having […]

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Pop Culture – Young People – Migration & Social Change CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS 21-22 October 2019, Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury A 2-day ‘retreat’ as part of Platforma 5 Introduction Pop Culture and Social Change is a pioneering project from Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed to shift the […]

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27th June 2019

By the Refugee Tales team: With nationalism and the far right on the rise across Europe and North America, there has never been a more important moment to face up to what we, in Britain, are doing to those who seek sanctuary. Still the UK detains people indefinitely under immigration rules. Bail hearings go unrecorded, […]

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26th June 2019

By Inshra Sakhawat Russell, Creative Director of Guba Publishing and Illustrator of The Unexpected Friend, A Rohingya Children’s Story. It is extremely rare to see children’s stories that reflect upon world events, let alone the condition of the Rohingya people of Myanmar. The Unexpected Friend: A Rohingya Children’s Story is a fictional story for children […]

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13th June 2019

‘Routes to Peace?’ is an artwork created by International Artist and Activist, Salma Zulfiqar, which brings to life the stories of ten refugee women from Syria and Africa. The artwork highlights the dangerous journeys the women made when crossing the Mediterranean Sea to reach safety in Europe and calls for safe routes for migration. In […]

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3rd June 2019

Ava Hunt explains the story behind a new play coming to Derby for Refugee Week As we will all remember, the summer of 2016 was a series of shocking events, when; Joe Cox, Labour MP, was murdered, when Brexit was decided, Cameron resigned, Theresa May was elected against a backdrop of images of 10,000 refugees […]

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As part of the Counterpoints Arts progamme for Refugee Week Festival 2019, they commissioned the celebrated photographer Jillian Edelstein to respond to this year’s theme of the festival – ‘You, me and those who came before’. The result is a stunning series of portraits featuring first and second generation ‘refugees’, many of whom public figures who are not normally […]

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The London Migration Film Festival (LMFF) will hold its fourth annual edition from 28 November-4 December 2019. The aim of LMFF is to challenge the rhetoric on migration that often frames migrants in binaries, as enemies or victims. In 2018 LMFF contained 30 films, 21 events, three workshops, panel discussions, comedy, theatre, music, and more. […]

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By Vandana Hart The UNHCR has reported that more than 1 million Syrian refugees have been registered in Lebanon since 2016. Many of these youth do not have access to education, arts, or sports activities in the camps. Through the power of dance, we seek to unite people, transform lives and promote social change. Offering […]

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Thanks to everyone who came to our third Platforma 5 networking meeting, working towards the fifth Platforma Festival that will be taking place across Kent in October. And many thanks to the Huguenot Museum for hosting us and providing a fascinating tour of their collection. In the coming month or so, we will publish the […]

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By Shivaji Das In the context of growing political and social antagonism towards refugees and lower wage economic migrants, the Migrant Poetry Competition was first held in 2014 in Singapore, in 2015 in Malaysia, and in Kenya in 2019. These events have since been held every year and in December 2018, similar platforms in Taiwan, […]

Finals of Migrant & Refugee Poetry Competition Malaysia 2018

23rd April 2019

Belen L. Yanez & Plutonyka are looking for venues to perform its new participatory video installation ‘Encounters’ during the Refugee Week 2019. They write: Plutonyka is currently starting the tour of ‘Encounters’ and is looking for venues to perform this participatory video installation. The tour is starting at the Migration Museum end of May and […]

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16th April 2019

Laura Miles outlines the work of Outside In, an award-winning charity that provides a platform for artists who face significant barriers. Outside In was founded in 2006 by Marc Steene at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex. Its aim then, as it is now, is to provide a platform for artists who face a significant […]

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