Theatre and Sanctuary
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds, LS2 7UP
12.45pm – 4pm with opportunities for informal networking afterwards Free: Book via West Yorkshire Playhouse Box Office on 0113 213 7700 or https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/beyond-borders-sanctuary-arts/
West Yorkshire Playhouse (WYP) and Platforma invite you to a networking event exploring theatre, dance, refugees and migration. It will be a chance to hear from a variety of theatre companies, writers and performers and to learn about WYP’s work as a Theatre of Sanctuary. There will be an opportunity to share your experiences and raise the issues that you feel are most pressing in this area of work. All welcome.
Some bursaries are available to help with travel costs, particularly for those from refugee backgrounds.
Following the event, attendees are invited to a 6.30pm screening of Andrea Arnold’s award-winning Wuthering Heights, followed by a panel discussion. This can be booked at the reduced cost of £10 https://www.wyp.org.uk/events/brontes-stage-screen/
In 2014 West Yorkshire Playhouse became the first ever Theatre of Sanctuary, a public statement and recognition of our commitment to being a place of safety, hospitality and support for refugees and asylum seekers. They work closely with refugee organisations and with volunteers from the refugee and asylum seeker community in Leeds to offer a range of creative and practical projects (including Asmarina Voices pictured), and extend a warm welcome to the Playhouse community.
Platforma, managed by Counterpoints Arts, has been running since 2010 to develop and support the arts by, about and with refugees and migrants. Through a national network of Regional Hubs, artists and organisations Platforma runs events across all art forms, including the biennial Platforma Festival. Earlier this year Platforma partnered with the Young Vic in London for a networking event called Beyond Borders; we hope some attendees will now come to this event at WYP so that those discussions can be continued.