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 […]

Refugee Week

Refugee Week at HOME CAN and HOME launched Refugee Week in Manchester from 16-22 June with the very first Refugee Week Festival at HOME. The festival celebrated the huge contribution that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK. As we stand at a crossroads for humanity, with escalating conflict in many […]

CAN at the REACT Festival in Bristol

CAN at the REACT Festival in Bristol Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 at the actacentre in Bristol. https://www.acta-bristol.com/festival/theatre-companies/ CAN was delighted to share two solo theatre pieces made by international theatre-makers, Fereshteh Mozaffari and Mahboobeh Rajabi as part of the REACT Festival. These pieces, One More Push and Dancing the Lash, explored Iranian women’s […]