The biennial Platforma Festival brings together artists, organisations, funders and others for discussions, workshops and the chance to share practice and showcase new work.

Platforma 1 took place in London (2011), followed by Manchester (2013), Leicester (2015) & Newcastle and the North East (2017). Platforma 5 will take place across Kent & Medway in October 2019.

Platforma is a project managed by Counterpoints Arts, a leading national charity working on the arts, migration & social change.

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Pop Culture, Arts & Activism: Panel Discussion

A free session open to all exploring a pioneering project from Counterpoints Arts.

Mon 21 October 2019, 5.00pm
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Drawn from a cache of personal tapes shot by Maya Arulpragasm and her closest friends over the last 22 years, capturing her remarkable journey from immigrant teenager in London, to the international pop-star M.I.A.

Mon 21 October 2019
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Popjustice Scratch!

A cabaret showcase led by young people from Platforma Youth Retreat.

Tue 22 October 2019, 6.00pm
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Tongue Fu

The UK’s leading spoken word and music show - has curated a Platforma special. Extraordinary poets, storytellers and musicians.

Wed 23 October 2019
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Platforma: No Direction Home – Stand-Up Comedy Night

After a sell-out gig at the Southbank Centre in London, and guest headliners including Nish Kumar and Romesh Ranganathan No Direction Home bring a hilarious line-up of comedians from refugee & migrant backgrounds to Canterbury for this one-off gig.

Thu 24 October 2019
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Platforma Family Day

Join us for a FREE Family Day to celebrate the Platforma Festival exploring themes of home, identity and migration.

Sat 26 October 2019, 10.00am
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The Jazz Sessions: Rafiki Jazz – UpClose!

Be taken away by music of this world and the next, to a space where kora & tabla dance with berimbau & bansuri, oud & steelpan, and much more.. Enchanting, soulful, exquisite!

Sat 26 October 2019
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Family Film: Paddington

A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.

Sat 26 October 2019
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The Last Tree

A British-Nigerian boy figures out which path to adulthood he wants to take in 00s London.

Fri 25 October 2019
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Platforma 5 Festival

Our work with young people

Children and Young People are at the heart of what we do, as audience members, as participants and as thought leaders.

Through our landmark ART31 project we are working with young people and partners in Kent to create new opportunities through the arts for under 25's across the county.

Below are some of our current projects focused on the development of young people.

Our projects with young people