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Eastern Promise 2018

16 Nov 2018 → 17 Nov 2018
Friday 16 November, 7pm - Late & Saturday 16 November, 5pm - Late
All ages
£10 / £7.50 (day) £15 / £10 (weekend) Mono Bus available Local Links

Annual multi-arts festival bringing a thrilling mix of live music, performance and visual art to the East End of Glasgow. Now in its eighth year, this trailblazing event promises a stellar line-up of gigs, performances and art installations throughout the building with food and drink available all day and pop up food from Soul Food Sisters.

Check out a trailer for the event HERE.

Friday 16 November, 7pm

Platform is delighted to welcome the return of keyboard and accordian maestro HAILU MERGIA. The Ethio-jazz funk pioneer recently released Lala Belu, his first full-length album in two decades featuring Ethiopian traditionals and Mergia originals.

MONSTER CHETWYND presents FACE CREAM, a short film inspired by the novel The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov. This subversive and magical film will see people transform through organic face creams and potions - a portal to the supernatural.

The film was commissioned by GoMA as part of the Glasgow 2018 European Championships in partnership with Platform.

POST is a new theatre show presented by XAVIER DE SOUSA exploring national identity. We are invited to join de Sousa at the table, eat Portugese food, drink potent Cachaca, get merry, make new friends and challenge what constitutes a nation.

Saturday 17 November, 5pm

IDRIS ACKAMOOR AND THE PYRAMIDS, legendary West coast intergalactic jazz mavericks, return to Platform following their new album release An Angel Fell (Strut). Expect psychedelia, cosmic jazz and the healing power of music from this theatrical spiritual jazz ensemble.

APOSTILLE is a man who’s torn through enough sound systems to know the difference between gesture and meaning. At once minimal and courageous Apostille songs race off with unchecked abandon, skittering drum machines, thick walls of sequenced synch and decidedly elastic basslines.

DECLINE is dynamic relationship instantly and continuously transforming, told through the bodies of three distinct performers and is presented by CHIVAS/REID/SMEKOT. This collaboration is a meditation on things that draw us together and those that fall away using the distinct voices of dance and live music. A carefully instantly composed and researched movement vocabulary brings forth the richness of these qualities of these relationships to the forefront, with collaborative lighting by Sam Burnley.

Glasgow-based artist and musician SARAH GLASS presents 13 +/-, an opportunity to watch a desperate act of self care made manifest, reflected and refracted back. Perhaps you will see yourself as you really are. Glass works predominantly in sound, light and performance art.

JUMBIES is an exploration of Derrida’s concept of Hauntology (haunting and ontology) in the form of an Afrofuturist masquerade presented by ASHANTI HARRIS in collaboration with ZEPHYR LIDDELL and PAUL SHOFOLAHAN. Working with dance, sculpture, sound and printed fabrics it creates a layered fictional dimension, a space of alternate realities, apparitions and re-presentation.

Additional info

HEADING TO PLATFORM FROM GLASGOW CITY CENTRE? Platform will run a return bus (£5) from Mono (12 King’s Court, Glasgow) to the festival - please email info@platform-online.co.uk for more information.

Click here for information on ticket pricing for this show - including Local Links and concessions.


Friday 16th - Doors 7 pm

Xavier De Sousa: 7.30 – 8.50pm

Monster Chetwynd: 9 – 9.10pm

Hailu Mergia: 9.10 - 10.10pm

Sat 17th: Doors 5pm

Decline: 5.30 -6.30pm

Apostille: 6.45 -7.15pm

Sarah Glass: 7.30 - 8.00pm

Ashanti Harris, Zepher Liddell & Paul Shofolahan: 8 - 8.30pm

Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids: 9 - 10pm

Please note these timings are subject to change.

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