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 to share work at the REACT Festival in Bristol Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 at the actacentre in Bristol. CAN is delighted to be presenting 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 […]

Refugee Week

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. With Refugee Week as important as ever, as local and global politics collide, fuelling tensions around migration and refuge, the […]

Introducing Fereshteh Mozaffari, CAN Incubated Artist

Fereshteh Mozaffari Vanani in her words I was born at a tumultuous time in Iran just before the revolution. As a child, I lived more in my dreams than in reality. Through the university years, I was more interested in Literature than Politics but I chose Politics to find out why my country was so […]


It is with great sadness that we let you know about the death of Mic Smith on 6th January 2018. For those of you that did not know Mic, he was one of the original founder members of CAN then known as CAW  (Community Arts Workshop) in 1978 and a pioneer of the community arts […]

Art, Freedom and Protection

In January 2018 CAN presented about our work with exiled artists at the Art, Freedom and Protection symposium and performance event, hosted by the Artist Protection Fund and The University of Manchester. Please visit here to find out more about the event:

Celebrating Hidden Tales

October 2017 saw Hidden Tales, our powerful and inspiring 20-month partnership project with the Petrus Community, culminate in a unique digital art trail around Rochdale Town Centre and an unforgettable sell-out performance and film screening event at Touchstones Arts Centre.  The short films, which have been made as part of the project, are now viewable […]

Rochdale’s homeless community speak up and out

People from Rochdale’s homeless community took to the stage at Touchstones on Tuesday 17 October, and performed to a packed-out venue to share their personal stories through poetry, music and a series of short films that can be viewed online at Taking place as part of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and hosted by Mancunian poet, Mike Garry, the […]

Hidden Tales

Hidden Tales; Untold Stories from Rochdale’s Petrus Community Watch the films and experience Hidden Tales online, here: Launching on Tuesday 3rd October and running until Saturday 28th October, the Hidden Tales arts trail reveals eight personal and inspiring stories of change and survival. The unmissable artworks, which are on display in public spaces around the town centre, each feature a […]

Principal Music Leader Opportunity

We are seeking an experienced Music Leader, who is passionate about encouraging the musicality and music-making of children, to lead on our Youth Music funded Kámoši Music-Making programme starting in September 2017-July 2018. This new, exciting post will deliver a comprehensive music offer for Eastern European Romani heritage and other local children living in Leigh (Wigan Borough). […]