Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week at HOME Saturday 15th June to Friday 21st June 2019 HOME Manchester Refugee Week at HOME is a contemporary, family friendly festival that is diverse in programming, bringing together work created with communities and artists as well as international, national and regional projects of excellence. The festival aims to create a northern platform for […]


RO:BOTS An immersive, promenade performance created by the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Club. Saturday 23rd March 2019 Sacred Heart Church Hall Walmesley Rd Leigh WN7 1YE Join us on a trip to the year 2079, the era of the Robots. For years RO:BOTS have entertained and served you, protected and cared for you, RO:BOTS and […]

All Because of Love

CAN are proud to be supporting internationally acclaimed Musician-Composer, Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble as part of our Talent Development Scheme this year. We are delighted that Seyed Ali Jaberi has been successful in securing Arts Council funding for a national tour of All Because of Love; a music production, combining hauntingly beautiful Sufi music […]

Stella Barnes announced as Creative Director of CAN

CAN is delighted to announce the appointment of Stella Barnes as its new Creative Director, succeeding Cilla Baynes MBE, CAN’s previous Creative Director and a Co-Founder of Community Arts North West, established in 1978. Stella joined us at the end of January 2019. She comes with a wealth of experience including consultancy for Counterpoint Arts, London, […]

Still I Rise

Still I Rise As Manchester marked the centenary of women’s suffrage, The Travelling Heritage Bureau, a powerful collective of international women artists based in the North West, came together to create a pop-up, interactive trail around Manchester Art Gallery on Sunday 7th October 2018. The women led audiences on a joyful journey of resistance, creativity and […]

One More Push @ HOME and New Adelphi Theatre

One More Push @ HOME and New Adelphi Theatre One More Push was a solo show written and performed by Fereshteh Mozaffari, and dramatised by Rani Moorthy. In this piece, Fereshteh used her experience of life in the UK, to grapple with the challenges and joys of life in exile. Using storytelling and dance, she lead the audience on […]

A Generation Rising

A GENERATION RISING Directed by Kate Bradnam, Script by Ria Hartley Devised and told by CAN Young Artists @ Home. “We are the ones we have been waiting for.” June Jordan  It’s 2018, and we live in a rapidly changing world. We are the Generation Rising, the future leaders. We want to take you on […]

Cilla Baynes wins award at WOW Festival 2018

Community Arts North West is extremely proud of Cilla Baynes, CAN’s Creative Director and Co-Founder, who recently won an Inspiring Change Award as part of Southbank’s WOW Women of the World Festival 2018, for her development of the Exodus Greater Manchester Refugee Arts programme. Cilla was shortlisted for and won an award as part of […]

CAN at the REACT Festival in Bristol

CAN shared work at the REACT Festival in Bristol, held in March 2018. CAN was delighted to present three solo theatre pieces made by international theatre-makers, Fereshteh Mozaffari, Mahboobeh Rajabi and Emmanuel Bajiiji as part of the REACT Festival. The first two pieces, One More Push and Dancing the Lash explored Iranian women’s narratives. The third piece, Candyfloss explored the struggle to engage in a […]

CAN and HOME Refugee Week 2018

CAN and HOME are working in partnership to produce a programme of arts for Refugee Week between 2018-22, celebrating the contributions that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK. The first partnership festival hosted at HOME was in June 2018. As local and global politics collide, fuelling tensions around […]