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Platforma Festival Acoustic Night

October 31, 2013 @ 7:30 pm

Platforma Festival Acoustic Night

Festival Acoustic Night

Combining theatre, music and spoken word performances for a fabulous evening of arts from around the world – part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees
Martin Harris Centre, John Thaw Studio Theatre
31 October, 7.30pm

Tickets: £5/£4

Book tickets for the Platforma Festival Acoustic Night

A limited number of free tickets are also available – please contact tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk

5.10.13: The initial ticket allocation has now been taken up. We may be able to release more for sale in the coming days – check back for details or email tom@counterpointsarts.org.uk to go on the waiting list.


Haymanot Tesfa
Haymanot is a singer, originally from Ethiopia. She has performed extensively in London with groups and as a solo artist. She is also a writer and artist.

Mazloom is a portrait of a young refugee, alone in London, whose life is being torn apart by the impending prospect of deportation to Afghanistan, where indiscriminate violence and Taliban intimidation await. This short, powerful theatre performance incorporates immersive film footage to recreate the long perilous journey to Europe and the agonising wait for the life-or-death decision on their asylum claim. Mazloom is based on the experiences of young Afghans, who as children were forced by war to leave their family and home to seek safety in the UK. Mazloom was developed by Sara Masters and Kieran Sheehan Dance Theatre in collaboration with Merton and Wandsworth Asylum Welcome. It was then taken on by film director Sue Clayton who made the award-winning film on this topic Hamedullah: the Road Home – she added film elements and cast new rising star Priyank Morjaria. The play has benefited from advice from the drama and Media Departments of Royal Holloway University of London, and undertaking a sell-out 7-city theatre/cinema tour, sponsored by Young People Seeking Safety.

Warsan Shire
Warsan Shire is a  Kenyan-born Somali poet, writer and educator based in London. Born in 1988, Warsan has read her work extensively all over Britain and internationally – including recent readings in South Africa, Italy, Germany, Canada, North America and Kenya- and her début book, Teaching My Mother How To Give Birth (flipped eye), was published in 2011. Her poems have been published in Wasafiri, Magma and Poetry Review and in the anthology The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt, 2011). She is the current poetry editor at SPOOK magazine.poet: http://vimeo.com/38766162

Kayo Chingonyi
Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK in 1993. He holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and works as a writer, events producer, and creative writing tutor. His poems have been published in a range of magazines and anthologies including Poetry Review, Magma, Wasafiri, The Best British Poetry 2011 (Salt Publishing, 2011), The Salt Book of Younger Poets (Salt Publishing, 2011), Out Of Bounds (Bloodaxe, 2012), The World Record (Bloodaxe, 2012), and in a début pamphlet entitled Some Bright Elegance (Salt Publishing, 2012).  & http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2wdALCuePo

The Redeemed
Featuring members of of artistic powerhouse The Redeemed, this choral group provides an intimate and relaxed insight into Congolese music. Remie Christian’s laid back West African guitar style slides easily and confidently under and around the rich vocal harmonies of singers Didier Kisala, Grace, Noella and Didier M. At times soft and plaintive, at others passionate and intense, this predominantly Francophone performance draws in its audience and the music speaks clearly of love, spirituality, pain and joy.


October 31, 2013
7:30 pm
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