Stella Barnes announced as new 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 outgoing Creative Director and a Co-Founder of Community Arts North West, established in 1978. Stella joins us at the end of January 2019. She comes with a wealth of experience including consultancy for Counterpoint Arts, […]

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. https://www.acta-bristol.com/festival/theatre-companies/ 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 […]

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 […]

TO COLLEAGUES, FRIENDS, PRESENT AND PAST OF MIC SMITH

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 […]

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 www.hiddenrochdale.co.uk Taking place as part of the Rochdale Literature & Ideas Festival and hosted by Mancunian poet, Mike Garry, the […]