Platform’s Outskirts Festival returns to Easterhouse

Jospehine Foster

Platform has announced the line-up for Outskirts 2017, a festival that blurs the boundaries between performance, music, art and film. The annual event returns Saturday 22 April with a strong roster of artists representing music, performance, film and visual arts.

Taking place across the theatre and studio spaces as well as the public areas of the Easterhouse venue, Outskirts uses areas that are not normally used for performances and art installations.

Steev Livingstone (Errors) and Suse Bear (Tuff Love) will perform Easterhouse Conversation – a collaborative composition commissioned by Platform. Beginning in 2015 it seeks to document stories, ideas and moments in the lives of the residents of Easterhouse.

The commission has involved interviewing members of local musical groups, allotments, New Scots and members of the general public about life in Easterhouse in 2017.

Award winning performance maker Nic Green presents Cock & Bull. Originally conceived for the eve of the 2015 UK general election, Cock and Bull sees three females convene to perform their own, alternative, party conference. Exploring power, voice, agency and sustainability, they use the most heard phrases from Conservative governmental rhetoric, to dismantle and redress dominant paradigms of power and Politics.

In the lead up to Outskirts, artists Pester & Rossi have been working in collaboration with their Glasgow based band Fallopé & the Tubes, artist collective Ortonadon, Sally Hackett and Nu Generation, a teenage art group based at Platform. A series of events from the duo, accompanying an exhibition at Platform, will lead to a new piece of live work to be seen for the first time at Outskirts.

Pester & Rossi will also perform with Fallopé & the Tubes and Ortonandon as well as host A Wearable Sculptures workshop at the festival. Sally Hackett’s acclaimed Fountain of Youth work, previously shown at Edinburgh Art Festival in 2016, will be part of the exhibition, showcasing the colourful and playful ceramic portrait sculptures.

Matt Addicott, Performance Programmer at Platform said: “Our 2017 line up is one of our strongest yet, with an engaging and varied mix of performance, visual art, music and film. Kicking off in the afternoon and running until the late evening, the festival will spill across a wide range of areas in the building, making it a unique offering from us – and a really different experience for our audience.

“This is our 5th year running Outskirts and we’re proud and excited to bring another fantastic event to people in and around Glasgow”.

Glasgow based Sound of Yell will perform a live score to French indie short La Coquille & Le Clergyman (translation: The Seashell and the Clergyman) – an experimental French silent film directed by Germaine Dulac, from an original scenario by Antonin Artaud that premiered in Paris on 9 February 1928.

Other highlights include a workshop with Karl Jay-Lewin as part of his new work Extremely Pedestrian Chorales which premieres at Platform this Autumn and a performance from Josephine Foster which will be based on words by Emily Dickinson and other English poets, with new arrangements for piano and percussion from Alex Neilson.

Platform’s Artist in Residence, one time head honcho of Hector Bizerk – Louie – will perform spoken word (involving music, performance and hip pop) inspired by research he has carried out at Platform and from his other current ongoing projects.

Hosted by Howling Mouse Workshop, Outskirts sees the Tiny Zine Swap Shop return to Platform and open up the self-publishing community to everyone, no matter age, interest or ability. Attendees can check out the zines made by other makers and the Tiny Zine experts on hand will help guests make Tiny Zines on any subject, self-publish a VERY limited run, and then enable a swap for another zine in the Tiny Zine Swap Shop.


#Outskirts Festival
Saturday 22nd April
3.30pm – late
£10 / £7.50
Under 16s free

Platform is running a return bus from Mono, Kings Court to the Outskirts festival. Please pre book to ensure a space – either purchase your £5 ticket from Mono in person or email to reserve your place. Bus leaves Mono at 2.30pm.

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Suse Bear

Suse Bear

Nic Green performance

Nic Green performance

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