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19 October 2017  -  31 October 2017

4th Platforma Festival : Newcastle and the North East


The 4th national Platforma Festival for the arts by, about and with refugees and migrants will take place in Newcastle and across the North East between 19-31 October 2017.

Booking will open soon, and you can register now for updates by signing up for our newsletter.

The biennial Platforma Festival brings together artists, organisations, funders and others for discussions, workshops and the chance to share practice. The first three took place in London (2011), Manchester (2013) and Leicester (2015).

This year there will be a two-day Conference from 27-28 October at the Beacon in Newcastle. A limited number of travel and accommodation bursaries will be available. 

There will also be a range of performances, exhibitions, screenings and talks. If you are interested in taking part in some way please email

More information will be posted as elements of the programme are confirmed in the coming weeks and months.

Platforma arts and refugee network supports and develops arts by, about and with refugees and migrants from marginalised communities. It brings together groups and artists / performers of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees and migrants both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country. Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with organisations across the country. 

Photo shows Newcastle-based Crossings Band