The fourth national Platforma Festival for the arts by, about and with refugees and migrants will take place in Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton and Middlesbrough, 19-31 October 2017. The festival features new artistic commissions, performance, film, interactive art and conversation exploring the arts and migration. Most of the programme is free and all are welcome.
The focus of the festival programme is the Platforma Conference in Newcastle, 27-28 October, which will be an opportunity to share practice, ideas and inspiration with artists and organisations from across the North East, the UK and internationally.
The first day of the Conference will focus on new work commissioned for the Festival, providing hands-on engagement with some of the most important issues relating to the arts by, with and about refugees and migrants. The second day will focus on inspirations, provocations and work towards a new Platforma Manifesto.
Platforma Festival is produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with Freedom City 2017, Northern Roots, ISIS Arts, ARC Stockton, Art and Christianity Enquiry, the Platforma network and a range of other venues, organisations and networks. Commissioned artists include Isabel Lima, Henna Asikainen, Juan delGado, Natasha Davis and Katia Kameli.