Platforma Festival 2017

Date(s) - 19/10/2017 - 31/10/2017
All day


About Platforma Festival 2017

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.

The programme includes exhibitions, events, talks and screenings. Featured artists include Isabel LimaHenna AsikainenJuan DelGado and Katia Kameli.

The FREE programme will include:

19 October: “Connecting Communities”, ARC Stockton
A day of performances and conversations about how the arts can bring people together around issues relating to refugees and migration. Featuring a performance of Borderline by PSYCHEdelight, The Claim (pay what you can afford) by Tim Cowbury and a new work by Natasha Davis. Plus a screening of Queens of Syria (directed by Yasmin Fedda) and music from United Voices.

19 October: As Free As A Bird, Tyne Theatre and Opera House
Over 100 children from Byker primary, St Lawrence’s primary and St Teresa’s primary school will take part in this new musical work by music education writer Caroline Hoile, which was especially written and composed to raise awareness about people seeking sanctuary amongst primary school children and their audiences.

25-26 October: Counterpoints Arts strategic session (Newcastle / Gateshead)
Following on from their first arts and social change “retreat” in Dartington last year, Counterpoints Arts (the charity that manages the Platforma network) will be running discussions and workshops for invited guests on themes including popular culture and European networking.

27-28 October: Platforma Conference (Newcastle, venue tbc)
Two days of shared learning, networking, provocations and inspirations including the collective development of the first ever Platforma Manifesto to document recommended practice.Other discussions topics will include career pathways for artists, participatory work, the role of popular culture and the development of international networks.

31 October: Migration Museums Network event, Main Hall at Discovery Museum
This is an event to bring together and share learning from the pilot of the Migration Museums Network. This network is aiming to increase and improve outputs associated with migration and related themes in museums and galleries across the UK. The event in Newcastle will be a practical day.