Storytelling, as an expressive art enables learners to be creative and express themselves in different ways, enjoy and contribute to others enjoyment through expressive performances. In schools storytelling helps pupils develop skills which are transferable, and also develop an appreciation of cultural values, identities and ideas. In some pupils, performance storytelling gives them a base to think about a career in expressive arts.
Photos courtesy of South Wales Argus Newspaper article: http://www.southwalesargus.co.uk/news/16286649.professional-story-teller-captivates-newport-school-pupils-with-visit/#gallery11
From the 27 to the 28th of October, Newcastle was the host city for the Platforma Conference. This conference brings together groups and artists / performers of any background or political status (e.g. refugees and non-refugees), whose work examines the varied experiences of refugees both before and after they arrived and settled in their host country. It aims to encourage new audiences to relate more closely and empathetically to the experiences of refugees.
Platforma is managed by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with organisations across the country. Platforma Festival runs every two years – the first was held in London (2011) , then Manchester (2013), Leicester (2015), Newcastle, Gateshead, Stockton & Middlesbrough (2017).
As a performer, I enjoyed my experience at this conference. Here are some of the highlights: