Platforma Festival - Manchester 2013

Platforma Festival - Manchester 2013

Manchester 30th October 2013 - 3rd November 2013

The second Platforma Festival of arts and refugees will take place in Manchester in October/November 2013. Bringing together artists, performers, academics, funders and people from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, the Platforma Festival will be a showcase, a celebration and a chance to examine the development  of arts by, with and about refugees in the UK and across the world.

Download the full Platforma Festival Programme (pdf)

Update: Watch video highlights from the Festival

Platforma Conference - Martin Harris Centre (31st October - 1st November)
Bringing together artists, performers, academics, not-for-profits and funders from across the UK and around the world to share practice and discuss aspects of the arts by and about refugees. Workshops will explore subjects including participatory arts, campaigning through the arts, live art, working with young people, documentary film-making, forum theatre and the history of refugee arts in the UK and its future direction. More details:

Acoustic Night - Martin Harris Centre, John Thaw Studio Theatre (31st October, 7.30pm)
Featuring spoken word performances from Kayo Chingonyi and Warsan Shire, music from singer Haymanot Tesfa and Didier and Remie from West Midlands-based band The Redeemed and a performance of Mazloom, a short play about the experience of young Afghans in the UK. More details:

Live Music Night - Martin Harris Centre, Cosmo Rodewald Hall (1st November, 7.30pm)
A stunning end to Platforma events at the Martin Harris Centre with the brilliant Crossings Band from the North East of England, the new and thrilling Manchester International Roots Orchestra and, topping the bill, Katy Carr and the Aviators performing music from her sensational new album Paszport. More details and booking:

Platforma Festival Fringe
As part of the the first ever Platforma Festival Fringe there will be indpendently produced performances and exhibitions in venues including the People's History Museum and Manchester Academy. More details:

Platforma Festival at Manchester Museum
A series of free events and performances (some also part of the Platforma Fringe). More details:

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The Platforma arts & refugees network is managed by Counterpoints Arts with funding from the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England. We work withpartners across England including Community Arts North West who are our partners in organising the second Platforma Festival. The Martin Harris Centre at the University of Manchester is  supporting the Platforma Festival as part of its 10th Anniversary.

Colour key to artforms

Writing Writing
Visual arts Visual arts
Performance and Live Art Performance and Live Art
Music Music
Film and Multimedia Film and Multimedia
Dance and theatre Dance and theatre
Craft Craft

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