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Reflections on the 5th biennial Platforma festival (October 2019) With more than 4o events and a live audience of more than 10,000 people, Platforma 5 was our biggest yet. Everything was done in partnership, and we’d like to thank all those organisations and artists who took part. Background Platforma is a network of organisations and […]

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A presentation by Dr Henna Asikainen given an Platforma 5, as part of an event at Quarterhouse Folkestone My principal interests as an artist are in questions surrounding climate justice, migration and the human relationship with nature, and the complex social and ecological issues emerging from this relationship. These interests were, to some degree, already a part […]

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Contested Desires is transnational project led in the UK by D6 exploring our shared and contested Colonial heritage and its influence on contemporary culture. D6 is an established visual arts producer, which for over 28 years has delivered transnational programmes working with extraordinary artists and intrepid partners to create works of art within neighbourhoods and […]

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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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Would you like to try stand-up comedy? No Direction Home is a project created in 2018 by Camden People’s Theatre & Counterpoints Arts. Workshops over the past year led by professional stand-up Tom Parry resulted in a number of performances across London, culminating in a Refugee Week gig at Southbank Centre. We are now recruiting a […]

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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. […]

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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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