Platform’s annual Outskirts Festival returns to the venue on Saturday 28 April 2018 bringing together the best in music, performance and visual art. Running from 3.30pm till late, Platform’s festival of multi art-form experimentation features a vibrant programme of events to intrigue, excite and inspire.

Outskirts uses all available spaces in the building, including the theatres, library and swimming pool, providing a unique festival atmosphere with food and drink available throughout the day.

Outskirts 2018 builds on Platform’s supportive and welcoming artistic programme with emerging companies presented alongside international artists, working together, developing relationships and pushing boundaries; celebrating collaboration and exploration.

Oliver Pitt (Golden Teacher) and Barry Burns (Radiophrenia) will perform this year’s Easterhouse Conversation – a collaborative composition commissioned by Platform. Conceived in 2015 it seeks to document stories, ideas and moments in the lives of the residents of Easterhouse. Using material recorded solely within Platform and based around a series of interviews the pair will create a fragmented and hallucinatory sound portrait combining the sounds of the building with the stories of those who use it.

James Kelman and Tom Leonard, two of the leading writers of their generation, will read extracts from their work. The session will be introduced by Joey Simons, who has been researching the work of the Irish poet, novelist and playwright Freddie Anderson. A friend and contemporary of both James Kelman and Tom Leonard, Anderson was a long-time resident of Easterhouse and an influential figure in left-wing culture in Glasgow from the 1950s until his death in 2001. This event will offer an exclusive opportunity to hear from two of the city’s most original voices and shed light on one of Easterhouse’s own.

Platform is delighted to welcome Glasgow International 2018 to Outskirts and festival-goers have the opportunity to see art works and events throughout the day.  Jessica Ramm’s new body of work, Personal Structures, has been developed with Platform through workshops and events and is informed by her own childhood in an 80’s squatting community. The structures she creates will present new versions of familiar domestic spaces re-staging an urban environment that resembles Easterhouse.  Henry Coombes is creating a new piece of work for Outskirts – a mixture of performance, spoken word, moving image and sound providing an insight into his photography and painting practice. Janie Nicol and Ailie Rutherford present IN KIND, a temporary pop up installation. A collaborative action research project, IN KIND will look at the hidden economies of Glasgow International 2018, focusing on and examining the “below the waterline” economy of the arts.

Taking over the swimming pool, Glasgow based artist collective Love Unlimited present Social Event. Artists will create sculptures, artworks and performances in and around the pool and the audience can view the work from within the water.

KOR! Records, an independent record label creating music projects for young people with additional support needs is presenting a new piece, KOR! Records vs Breakfast Muff, together with the thrillingly uncompromising DIY punk pop trio Breakfast Muff.  Geraldine Heaney of KOR! Records says:  “The plan is for Breakfast Muff and KOR young musicians to come together to rehearse and find out where we collide, where we cross over and what disruption we can create together. With many different influences, personalities and styles this promises to be an exciting collaboration.”

Sarah Hopfinger presents the first showing of her new dance theatre project Unlikely Duets involving artists and community members working creatively together to devise duet performances, exploring dialogue and the idea of building bridges.  Unbecoming is a solo performance in song, movement and text created and performed by Anna Porubcansky and produced by Company of Wolves. Part theatre show, part music gig Unbecoming is an invitation to a private world, a unique and delicate space where pretence slips away.

Irish singer and multi-instrumentalist Brigid Mae Power comes to Platform having just released her second album The Two Worlds.  She confronts the personal and the political in her music with a timeless magic, intense directness and hauntingly honest reflection. Her debut album received widespread praise: “A startling voice, at once fluttery and steadfast, that has come out the other side of something, touching transcendence on the way.” The Guardian

Our lifelong relationship with music and memories is at the heart of this year’s Festival. Performer and artist Laurie Brown is bringing Analogue to Outskirts; a sound installation exploring connections with his personal collection of cassette tapes. Analogue is a place to contemplate the story of the many sounds which have become the soundtrack to his life. The Festival is also hosting Turntable, by Michael John McCarthy and Martin O’Connor, which invites listeners to explore the contents of a touring record case, whilst reflecting on the importance of music in their lives. Join Michael John as he plays some records; celebrating memory, identity, family and the joy of music.

Other visual art highlights include works in development presented by Birthe Jorgenson and Sogol Mabadi. Home Where Home is Not will take over the sound recording studios and live rooms to create an immersive installation featuring sound and performance.

Pop up performances and interventions taking place throughout the day include Art Scrubber presented by Glasgow based performance artist Kate Clayton and Jane Fondue and the Raclettes offering making and creating workshops for all ages.

Food and drink is available all day from Platform’s cafe bar with pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.


#Outskirts Festival

Saturday 28 April

3.30pm – late

£10 / £7.50

Under 16s free / / 0141 276 9696 (opt 1)

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.

Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW

Image: Julia Bauer