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PopChange X Platforma Youth Retreat 2019

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Date

Monday, 21 - Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Venue

Gulbenkian, University of Kent, Canterbury, CT2 7NB

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Counterpoints Arts as part of Platforma 5 Festival

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Supported by Unbound Philanthropy

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PopChange X Platforma Youth Retreat 2019

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We’re hosting a two day youth-focused PopChange Retreat as part of the 5th Platforma Festival.

From gaming and hip hop, to vlogging, film and much more, we’re especially interested to hear from young people about what role pop culture might play in making social change around migration and displacement happen.

In the room will be artists, activists, media makers, cultural actors and young influencers. We have deliberately invited a rich mix of people who might not have previously worked together but who are (ideally) open to new ways of connecting, collaborating and co-producing.

Animators

Awate // Corey Brotherson // Florent Maurin // Hisham Hasan // Mo Afridi (Rize Up) // Momtaza Mehri // Paul Bonham (Music Manager’s Forum) // Samuel Kalejaiye // Sashwati Mira Sengupta // Shay D // Nike Jonah, Dijana Rakovic, Tom Green & Salma Ibrahim (Counterpoints Arts)

PopChange is a pioneering project from Counterpoints Arts exploring how the power of pop culture can be harnessed for social change — shifting the way we talk, think and feel about migration and displacement.

Participants

Amina Atiq

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Amina Atiq is a Yemeni- Scouse writer, a performance artist, facilitator and activist. Amina is currently developing a spoken word monologue wit DadaFest, inviting the audience to a 1970’s Yemeni-British household, untangling what it means to belong.  

Almir Koldzic

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Almir is a Co-Founder and Co-Director of Counterpoints Arts. The main focus of his work so far has been on developing creative strategies and national networks for arts and refugees; building long term collaborations with leading inter/national arts, cultural, advocacy and philanthropic organisations; and curating and producing a wide range of commissions and programmes relating to displacement, diversity and social justice.

Awate Abdalla

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Awate is a visionary Eritrean rapper and filmmaker, raised on Camden's Maiden Lane Estate.

Bumi Thomas

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Bumi Thomas is a British Nigerian multidisciplinary artist based in London whose work explores transcending cultural boundaries using photography and music, telling stories about movement, displacement, joy and humanity

Carlijn Metselaar

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Carlijn Metselaar is a composer, music teacher and choral conductor.

Charisse Chikwiri

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Charisse Chikwiri is a Writer, Creative Consultant & DJ whose work focuses on using a variety of creative and curatorial skills as vessels for conversation and social change.

Charlie Scarrot

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Charlie Scarrot is a passionate musician who writes and records his own songs which he shares online with a small but loyal number of followers.

Corey Brotherson

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Corey Brotherson is an award-winning writer, editor and creative consultant, who has worked within the games industry since 2001 as a journalist, critic and content producer for some of the medium’s biggest brands, including Sony PlayStation, King and Apple.

Ellena Tesfay

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Ellena is the Founder of a social awareness project called Coffee Stories.

Fabien Soazandry

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Fabien is an award-winning Filmmaker Artist of Malgache descent, raised in London.

Florent Maurin

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Florent Maurin graduated from journalism school in 2002 and worked for Bayard Presse for ten years, as a reporter & editorial manager for Bayam. He then created The Pixel Hunt, a video games studio with a focus on reality-inspired games. The Pixel Hunt works for media (Lemonde.fr, France Télévisions) and public institutions (the Mucem, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France). In 2017, The Pixel Hunt launched its first independent game, the critically acclaimed Bury me, my Love.

Halima A

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Halima Azan Hassan is a writer and editor from West London with an interest in theatre and film.

Hesham Hasan

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Hesham has international professional experience within the design industry and an MA in Visual Communication

Jake Lee

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Will Lee is Director of UK Program at Unbound Philanthropy.

Jerioluwa (Jeri) Bada

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Jeri Bada is a passionate musician who writes, records and produces his own tracks.

Laura Aiton

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Laura Aiton is a producer for Burnt Orange Theatre and is also a producer-curator for FemFringe.

Liam Rickard

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Liam Rickard is a musician and artist from North Wales. He performs multilingual, novelty alt-pop & pan-global folk under the name Worldwide Welshman. He has collaborated with musicians from every continent and is a regular participant of JMI’s Ethno-World camps. 

Marcia Chandra

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Marcia Chandra is a Creative Producer at Counterpoints Arts working on the PopChange initiative and Neighbourhoods programming. She has developed a range of projects across participatory arts, collaborative research and visual storytelling — focusing largely on issues of migration, sustainability and justice. She is also a photographer and ethnographic film-maker.

Matthew Page

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Matt is a keen musician and artist who has been drawing for as long as he can remember.

Mohammed Afridi

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Mohammed helped set up The World Transformed, the UK’s largest festival of progressive politics and arts. He went on to become the head of fundraising for Jeremy Corbyn’s election campaign and the lead for finance and operations at Momentum.

Mollie Davidson

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Mollie works for the BBC local radio as a freelancer creating content and producing for a wide variety of shows. She is the Marketing Assistant at Live & Local Rural and Community Touring, where she promotes and helps to produce shows in rural areas of the Midlands. Mollie studied English at the University of Sheffield and is currently based in f Coventry.

Momtaza Mehri

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Momtaza is a Somali poet, essayist and meme archivist. She is the co-winner of the 2018 Brunel International African Poetry Prize.

Naima Khan

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Naima Khan is a content creator and arts journalist. She is Programme Co-ordinator of the Act For Change Fund at Paul Hamlyn Foundation and serves on the board of Counterpoints Arts.

Nike Jonah

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Nike Jonah is a Creative Producer for PopChange at Counterpoints Arts. She is the Executive Director of the Pan African Creative Exchange (PACE) and a Visiting Research Fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.

Nyrose Kardasi

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Nyrose hopes to embark on a degree in law once she has completed the University Entrance Diploma – the University of Kent’s alternative to A-levels. She is an incredibly committed student, having moved across the country to be able to take the course. Of dual British and Libyan descent, Nyrose has spent time living in both Libya and the UK having moved back to London most recently in 2019.

Paul Bonham

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Paul leads the Music Manager Forums individuals programme Accelerator, supported by YouTube Music. This project empowers emerging multi-genre music entrepreneurs through business and leadership skills.

Paulette Amadi

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Paulette is Manager of Grants Management and Compliance at Unbound Philanthropy.

Pauline Blanchet

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Pauline is a SOAS Graduate in Linguistics and International Development. Her dissertation focused on the representations of migration in graphic novels. In the past, Pauline has used podcasting and radio to raise awareness of mental health. Pauline's interests also lie in photography and film.

Salma Ibrahim

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Salma is the Founder of Literary Natives, an organisation that supports writers of colour through events and workshops. Her interests are exploring coming-of-age narratives, memory, and movement through writing. She has recently received a London Writer’s Award from Spread the Word to develop her first novel.

Salman Toheed

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Salman is a songwriter from Norwich. He is a Youth Ambassador of Music in Norfolk and helps young musicians to find places to perform, build their confidence and write their own songs.

Samuel Kalejaiye

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After graduating with a Master in Management from Keele University, Samuel started a successful Facebook page focused on political activism. He is now the Social Media Lead for Momentum, a progressive political organisation preparing to fight the next election.

Sandy Abdelrahman

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Sandy is a creative entrepreneur, filmmaker, an activist and the founder of Skaped

Mira Sengupta

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Mira Sengupta is an arts & culture curator, producer, DJ and musician. She is the Refugee Week music curator at Counterpoints Arts and has contributed to programmes including the Mayor of London's Eid Festival, Who Are We? at the Tate Modern, Celebrating Sanctuary and Platforma.

Shay D

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Hailing from the stomping grounds of North London Shay D’s upbringing and Iranian heritage remains at the core of her sound. An innate wordsmith, her hustle, passion and drive for music are reflected through her DIY attitude.

Tayyibah Mota

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Tayyibah is a Senior Youth Engagement Officer at Positive Youth Foundation (PYF)

Thenjiwe Phillips

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Thenjiwe is a 21-year-old Motswana Law graduate and is interested in all types of art expression. At university, she joined the Creative Arts Society and found a love for poetry.

Thomas Tegento

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Thomas was born in Gonder, Ethiopia, and has lived in Eritrea, Sudan, Egypt and Yemen. Since living in the UK, Thomas has been working and studying performing arts. He self-published his first book called “The Seventh Neck” and is currently assisting drama training for KRAN Fam at the Gulbenkian Theatre.

Tom Green

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Tom has managed the Counterpoints Arts’ Platforma project since 2011. Previously he has worked for organisations including the Refugee Council, the Writers’ Guild and Youthnet, primarily in editorial and online communications.

Tyler Cunningham

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Tyler is a highly accredited actor, singer, dancer and practitioner of performance education.

Will Sommerville

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Will is Director of UK Program at Unbound Philanthropy. He also works part-time as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Migration Policy Institute (MPI), and is a Visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield.

Yossi Goodlink

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Yossi is a poet, performer and practitioner of performance education. Yossi’s unique style of poetry has led him to perform and speak at venues such as BAFTA, Tate Modern and the British Museum. As a poet Yossi has worked in partnership with organisations such as MTV and his videos have accumulated over 200,000 views online.