Lisapo workshop videos

For the past 6 weeks, CAN’s media team have been busy documenting the Lisapo workshops. We’ve uploaded them as a playlist to YouTube and have embedded them here to share the process building up to the live performance in June. If you want to watch individual films, just click on the PLAYLIST drop-down on the […]


Platforma Arts + Refugees Network is a UK-wide project for the development of refugee related arts and is delivered as a partnership between Counterpoints Arts and Oval House Theatre. The project stems from the recommendations made in the 2008 Hybrid report, The Arts and Refugees – History, Impact and the Future, commissioned by the Baring Foundation; Arts […]

Platforma Festival 2013 video highlights

Platforma Festival 2013 brought artists, performers, academics, organisations and funders from across the UK and around the world together to showcase work, share practice and discuss aspects of the arts by and about refugees. The Festival ran from 31 October to 1 November and was produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with CAN and the […]

Calling artists of all genres!

CAN is recruiting participants to create a Congolese heritage-inspired music narrative called Lisapo – The Congolese Tales in 2014. Lisapo – the Congolese Tales is a unique oral histories project which aims to record, preserve and share the untold stories of people originally from DR Congo, who have been migrating to Britain since the late […]

Download the 2013 Platforma Festival programme

The full colour 2013 Platforma Festival programme is now available to download. Click here to download the [download id=”24″ format=”1″] (PDF) This national festival of arts + refugees is coming to Manchester for the very first time. It promises to be an exciting few weeks, packed with live performances, a 2-day conference and the first […]

Platforma Conference & Festival tickets now on sale

The Platforma Festival is an inspirational national showcase of arts & culture featuring work that explores, or is linked to the refugee experience. Community Arts North West is hosting Platforma Festival 2013 which takes place at the Martin Harris Centre between 31 Oct & 1 Nov 2013. The festival includes a major two-day conference, two […]

Heart’s Core performed at Z- Arts

Community Arts North West presented Heart’s Core, on 15 June 2013 at Z-Arts in Hulme. To celebrate Refugee Week, women from Greater Manchester’s refugee and migrant communities took the audience to the heart of their lives. Telling stories that were significant to them and to their communities, these women invited people to share their dreams – and […]

Platforma Festival 2013 – Call for Proposals

The second Platforma Festival of arts and refugees takes place in Manchester from 31 Oct- 1 Nov 2013. There’ll be a two-day Conference at the Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester and a series of performances, concerts and exhibits. The Festival is being organised in partnership with Community Arts North West, the Platforma Regional Hub […]

VACANCY: Congolese Oral Histories Living Histories project

Following a successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund, we’re seeking an experienced & dynamic Project Manager for our new Congolese Oral Histories Living Histories project. Salary: £25,000 p.a. pro rata Part-time 2.5 days per week 16-month contract from Apr 2013 – Jun 2014 Deadline for applications: Mon 4 Feb 2013, midday (CVs only will […]

Platforma Festival 2013 – Dates & venue announced!

The 2nd national Platforma Festival will take place at The Martin Harris Centre* in Manchester on Thursday 31 October & Friday 1 November 2013, bringing together artists, academics and arts practitioners from across the UK & the world. Community Arts North West is delighted that Manchester has been selected to host the next Platforma Festival […]