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And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

And …Where Do You and I Fit In?- Reflections on Coordinating Shake!

Some 9 months since joining Platform, I wanted to offer some reflections on working on Shake!, which is  the project I co-ordinate and what I largely work on. This piece is extracted from my concluding remarks at our last Shake! Showcase , slightly paraphrased for the blog reader. Shake! is a project that brings together...
Reclaim the power: connecting the dots

Reclaim the power: connecting the dots

This August, we will be at Reclaim the Power camp at West Burton power station in Nottinghamshire, and we hope you will join us! Here are three reasons why: 1) More frontier gas means more repression and environmental injustice This January, David Cameron made the first official visit to Algeria post-independence. While arms sales are...
Putting Oil before People - Cameron in Kazakhstan

Putting Oil before People – Cameron in Kazakhstan

So David Cameron’s been cozying up to Kazakhstan’s autocratic president Nursultan Nazarbayev, talking up ‘a new relationship’ between Britain and Kazakhstan and claiming that trade between the two countries could total £85bn. Cameron did briefly mention a letter he received from Human Right’s Watch which detailed President Nazarbayev’s appalling record on democracy and human rights...
Calling students and HE staff - how fossil fueled is your university?

Calling students and HE staff – how fossil fueled is your university?

Last week we took part in a hugely inspiring meeting of more than 500 international climate activists at Global Power Shift in Istanbul, with people networking and learning the skills that they need to shift power away from fossil fuel companies and to communities working for justice-based solutions to the climate crisis. The meeting was...
Official: Shake! Showcase at least 18% better than Glastonbury

Official: Shake! Showcase at least 18% better than Glastonbury

BLOG from Platform’s youth project Shake!, first posted 28.6.13. Gender issues get a lot of discussion here at Shake! so it was with interest that we saw this article today on the representation of women on the line-up at festivals. We thought it only fair that we checked ourselves and with a hasty count-up and...
Signing of TAP agreement delayed as Aliyev tries to silence EU critics

Signing of TAP agreement delayed as Aliyev tries to silence EU critics

This morning’s planned announcement that the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline has been chosen as the final part of the mega gas pipeline that would run from the Caspian Sea to Italy1 has been overshadowed by controversy over when the agreement will be signed. The official announcement and a statement by the EU Commission are both expected today...
إدكو – مجتمع منسي يقف في وجه المزيد من التدهور البيئي

إدكو – مجتمع منسي يقف في وجه المزيد من التدهور البيئي

(Guest blog by Reem Labib of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. The original is here) إدكو المدينة الساحلية الجميلة بمحافظة البحيرة التي تطل على البحر الأبيض المتوسط شرقي الأسكندرية، يقطنها مجتمع رزقه منذ القدم في الصيد بين الماء العذب في بحيرة إدكو وماء البحر. وإلى جانب الصيد الذي يمثل النشاط الاقتصادي الأول للسكان، يوجد...
Winning against the odds - How an Egyptian community stopped BP in its tracks

Winning against the odds – How an Egyptian community stopped BP in its tracks

(Video produced by Mosireen, supported by Platform & EIPR) We recently visited a small Egyptian town that fought off plans by giant BP to build a gas terminal on its land as part of an $11 billion project. After a year of delays, the oil company was forced to re-route its proposed pipeline and processing...
'Oil City' ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

‘Oil City’ ends, and Shake! youth showcase this Sunday

Today’s the last day of Platform’s performance ‘Oil City‘ – the spy-thriller for the post-Occupy age. I went last Thursday with the same bare information as any non-Platform person would have. For the past two weeks, at 9am, 1pm and 5pm, audiences of 6 people have been taken on an intense and beautifully crafted set...
Shell sponsorship repeatedly crops up on first Meltdown weekend at Southbank

Shell sponsorship repeatedly crops up on first Meltdown weekend at Southbank

The first weekend of Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival saw the issue of Shell’s sponsorship cropping up again and again. On Friday, we revealed in our new briefing Shell: Global Mega-Frackers that the Southbank sponsor was fracking or planning to frack in every continent, with operations happening in Canada, the USA, Argentina, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, the...
30 years old today

30 years old today

Platform has no precedence in this country: a theatre group that does not believe in directors or actors; a political group that does not believe in leaving politics to politicians. It exists to heal the division of creative artist from passive audience, the division between specialist disciplines. (Manifesto, 1987) Rummaging in the archive recently, we...