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Connecting Communities – Platforma Festival 2017

Connecting Communities is part of the 4th national Platforma Festival for the arts which is by, about and for refugees and migrants. Join us for a day of free performances and conversations about how the arts can bring people together around issues relating to refugees and migration.

Connecting Communities Programme

1.30pm - Doors open

2.00pm - A welcome and introduction to the day delivered by Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive & Artistic Director, ARC Stockton and Tom Green, Project Manager for Platforma, Counterpoints Arts.

2.10pm - Panel with United Voices Choir Leader, Charlotte McLoughlin, Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at ARC Stockton and Tom Green, Project Manager for Platforma, Counterpoints Arts. United Voices is a free community choir for women in Stockton, committed to providing a safe and welcoming space for women from all backgrounds and cultures.

2.40pm - Performance of Borderline by PSYCHdelight. A comedy about a tragedy by PSYCHdelight. Actors from refugee and European backgrounds have created an acclaimed new work about the camp in Calais. followed by short Q&A.

3.55pm Break with free tea and coffee available.

4.10pm  Film screening of Queens of Syria.
Documentary film by Yasmin Fedda about a unique theatrical performance in Lebanon which saw refugee women from Syria perform their own version of Trojan Women. (Arabic with English Subtitles) Followed by a Q&A with Tom Green, Tom Green, Project Manager for Platforma, Counterpoints Arts.

5.35pm Break with free tea and coffee available.

5.55pm Performance of T-Shirts by Natasha Davis.
What is your favourite t-shirt? A new, commissioned multi-media encounter with time and memory, with losses and liberations of living in transit – from an artist whose own performances and t-shirts have been crossing borders on five continents through the past decade. Followed by panel discussion with Natasha and Displace Yourself Theatre Company.

Platforma is a national network focussing on the arts by, with and about refugees and migrants. Run by Counterpoints Arts, it works in partnership with artists and organisations from all backgrounds and this is the fourth Platforma Festival that will take place across the UK.

“Now, more than ever, we believe that the arts has a central role to play in connecting communities. For both those who have been displaced and for longer term residents, the arts can be a space for communication, sharing, activism and discussion.”

Led by Annabel Turpin, Chief Executive & Artistic Director at ARC Stockton, and Tom Green, Project Manager for Platforma, Counterpoints Arts.

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Thu 19 Oct

2pm - 7pm

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