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02 November 2015  -  07 November 2015

Platforma Festival 2015

Platforma Festival

The third Platforma Festival will take place in Leicester across the first week of November led by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with ArtReach.

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Events and performances will include:

Journeys Extra (2-9 November)

A new initiative, developed by ArtReach in collaboration with Leicester City of Sanctuary to run in parallel to the Platforma Festival. The programme includes visual arts, music, performance and photography.

Platforma International (Curve Theatre, 4th November, 1-5pm)

Bringing together artists, organisations, academics and others working outside England (whether based here or overseas) this half-day event will explore possibilities for new collaborations. Presented in partnership with Department of Media and Communication at University of Leicester.

Natasha Davis – Internal Terrains (De Montfort University, 4th November. 7.30pm)

Internal Terrains explores life as a choreography of decades, in search of what’s at stake as we move from one decade to another. Poetic and sensual, the performance plays chords with films and installations, crows, cages and electric shocks. A co-commission between DMU, Counterpoints Arts, ArtReach and City of Sanctuary Leicester for Journeys Extra.

Platforma Conference (DMU, 5-6 November, 10.30-5pm)

Bringing together artists in all disciplines, organisations, academics and anyone with an interest in the arts by, about and with refugees. Featuring a range of speakers, workshops and performances. Presented in partnership with DMU.

The Edge (The Y Theatre, 5th November, 7.30pm)

Award-winning theatre company Transport returns with a multi-media sea saga.

Syria on the Road: Stories of Conflict, Migration and Place (6th November)

Workshops (as part of the Platforma Conference) plus screenings at The Phoenix of On The Bride’s Side and Queens of Syria.

Nine Lives (Upstairs at the Western, 6th November, 7.30pm)

A new play written by Zimbabwean-born playwright and poet Zodwa Nyoni, directed by Alex Chisholm and performed by Lladel Bryant.

Virtual Migrants present: Continent Chop Chop (Highfields Centre, 7th November, 6pm)

A story of austerity, refugees and climate destruction told through poetry, music, and transmedia.

Sanctum (Upstairs at the Western, 7th November, 7.30pm)

A Kosovan man returns to Sheffield 15 years after arriving as a refugee in 1999 – by Quite Right Theatre.

More events and exhibitions will be announced during September 2015.


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 of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country. We hope that the quality and diversity of the work presented within the Platforma project will encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.

Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnerships with organisations across England.

The Platforma project manager, Tom Green, based at Counterpoints Arts said: “The first two Platforma Conferences brought together hundreds of people from across the UK and internationally. We’re really looking forward to bringing the next Conference to De Montfort University and are delighted to have their support.”

Below you can short videos about the Platforma Festival in Manchester 2013. You can also download the Platforma Festival 2013 Booklet.


Barbara Matthews, Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean, Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities De Montfort University, said: “We are delighted to be hosting the Platforma Festival Conference at DMU and look forward to a rich debate and celebration of art inspired and created by refugees and their communities.”

David Hill, director of ArtReach, said:

“ArtReach is incredibly excited to bring the Platforma Conference & Festival to the East Midlands, and looks forward to hosting an event with such rich and vibrant content. It’s particularly poignant to hold this national event in Leicester as it complements and drives forward the work ArtReach does through its Refugee Arts platform – Journeys Festival. Both these events help to highlight the inspiring contribution artists from these often marginalised communities make to the UK’s cultural landscape.”


The Platforma Festival is produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with ArtReach/Journeys Extra and the support of De Montfort University, the Department of Media and Communication at University of Leicester, City of Sanctuary Leicester and Royal Holloway University of London. Platforma is funded by organisations including the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.