Aisha Lourenco, Brazilian percussionist performing at the Exodus Festival

Highlights of recent years have been major projects that have brought people from different communities & cultures together. Creating new work, new networks and above all some exciting cross fertilisation and ideas for future work

Current artistic programme


CAN Platforma (26)The Platforma National Festival will take place in October 2017 in Newcastle. We will be looking for contributions from the North West to present at the festival. The dates will be released soon so watch this space for details.







For over 30 years, CAN has produced an impressive portfolio of vibrant urban arts-based projects in collaboration with communities, artists and agencies.

We encourage people to take part in the arts and work extensively with children and young people. We work with communities across the range of cultural backgrounds, celebrating diversity; and contribute to the creative economy through both employment and capacity-building within the sector.