Venue Address (Get Directions)Platforma Festival (Day 1), Martin Harris Centre,
Date and Time
Thursday, October 31st, 2013 at 8:00pm
*** The Manchester International Roots Orchestra *** #MIRO will be making their 2nd official public appearance at this festival.
The second national Platforma Festival will take place at The Martin Harris Centre in Manchester on Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November 2013 bringing together artists, academics and arts practitioners from across the UK and the world.
The Platforma Festival features work across a range of artforms by refugees and those interested in refugee experiences. There is also a two-day Conference exploring issues related to refugee arts, with artists, people who work with artists, and academics from across the country.
The first Platforma Festival took place in London in November 2011, with the conference attended by 150 people each day including senior representatives from Arts Council England, leading cultural figures, artists from a range of disciplines, academics and a wide range of practitioners who engage in this field of work. The Festival, which included a multi-disciplinary art event, live music and spoken word performances received excellent feedback and has helped forge national and international links for many of the attendees.
The Platforma arts and refugees network is run by Counterpoints Arts with Ovalhouse Theatre and partner organisations (Regional Hubs) in each of the English regions. The project is supported by the Baring Foundation and Arts Council England.
The Platforma Festival 2013 is being organised jointly with Community Arts North West, the Platforma Regional Hub for the North West.
Tom Green, the Platforma Project Manager at Counterpoints Arts said: “The first Platforma Festival was a landmark event for our network and for the arts by, about and involving refugees. The second Platforma Festival in Manchester in 2013 promises to be even bigger, even more stimulating and even more inspirational. We know how much Manchester has to offer and are really excited about bringing artists, those who work with artists, and academics to the city for this important national event.”
Katherine Rogers Exodus Creative Producer at Community Arts North West said: “We are delighted that Manchester has been selected to host the next Platforma Festival and feel that this city is the ideal location for such an important cultural event. The Platforma Festival gives us the opportunity to highlight Manchester’s unique culture, its history as an international city of trade, of working class struggle and its fiercely independent spirit. We are also keen to highlight Manchester’s proud history of global links and providing sanctuary to generations of people fleeing persecution and oppression.”
The Martin Harris Centre is supporting the Platforma Festival as part of the 10th Anniversary of the Martin Harris Centre, The School of Arts, Languages and Cultures, The University of Manchester.
More details about programming for the Festival, including the first ever Platforma Fringe (which will extend the Festvial to different venues at the end of October and start of November), will be published in the first part of 2013. Artists, organisations or academics interested in performing or presenting work should contact Tom Green on firstname.lastname@example.org
For updates visit www.platforma.org.uk and sign up to the mailing list.
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