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

flying carpets ImageSAT 7 OCTOBER

Craft workshops: 11am – 4pm

Performances: 11.30am / 1pm / 3pm

Manchester Museum

Suitable for all ages



Flying Carpets is an exciting family-friendly performance created and performed by refugee creatives at Manchester Museum. This immersive piece will lead audiences on a journey into the hidden stories behind some of the museum’s unique collections; and explore ancient and modern day links to Manchester’s new communities.

Directed by Cheryl Martin

In collaboration with Journeys Festival InternationalManchester Museum and Rethink Rebuild Society

Read more about flying carpets here


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.