Hear Me Now Blog

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Welcome to the Hear Me Now blog

Welcome to our blog. Should be fun as this is my first time on this. Yes, Youth Arts Manager I know, move with the times. I won’t be the only person contributing to this blog, loads of people who make this work happen will. Let me tell you a bit about our blog. I won’t […]

CAN’s youth programme kicks off with 2 amazing performance opportunities

Young Roma rappers from Kámoši youth group in Leigh will perform with internationally-acclaimed Serbian Roma Band, Kal on 6 Nov 2013 from 7.30pm (show starts at 9pm) at Manchester Academy 3. Kámoši, meaning ‘friends’ in Slovak, includes Slovakian, Czech Republic and Roma heritage young people & their friends – this being the first time that […]


CAN’s youth arts production Re:scape was a huge success and received rave reviews from full audiences. Re:scape was a multimedia lyrical journey which started in Z-arts Foyer and led into the main theatre where the audience was treated to young people showcasing their drama, creative movement, beat-boxing, sound and poetry skills. It involved four performances […]

Inside the Lines

On Thu 6 – Sat 8 Dec 2007, Community Arts North West in conjunction with Zion Arts presented “Inside The Lines”. An all consuming physical and visual experience, fusing dance, theatre & digital arts with an original music score. Every day the same faces, same time, same places… Eric sees things differently than other people […]

These City Streets

Directed by Chris Sudworth and performed at the Zion Centre on 1 & 2 Dec 2006, These City Streets was a devised contemporary tale of hope & fear, passion & dreams, restrictions & freedom, told with the true voice of Manchester’s young people – diverse, passionate and direct.

Street Dreams

A story of community, unity and chance – A hip hop musical theatre production. “Street Dreams” was the concluding theatre production of a 3-year trilogy that was CAN’s Urban Music Theatre programme. The project brought together young refugees, asylum seekers and other culturally diverse young people from Manchester, Rochdale and Bolton in an eclectic mix […]

Wigan programme

On our Wigan programme, bilingual extravaganza New Beginning/Nové Začiatky was produced by the KAMOŠI young people. KAMOŠI devised, rehearsed and performed in the community using drama, music and dance and explored what was good about being Roma in the past, present and future. ‘New Beginning’ showcased on International Roma Day on 8 April 2014 at […]

Magdalen Bartlett

Magdalen Bartlett is an experienced project manager, theatre director and freelance dance & drama practitioner who has worked for the past 15 years with children, young people and diverse communities. Over this time, Magdalen has gain extensive skills in engaging with participants to use the arts as a tool in various settings to improve health, […]

Now we Talkin’

Now We Talkin’ was a youth arts project produced by CAN and partnership organisations from across Greater Manchester in 2004. Talkin’ issues, Talkin’ local, Talkin’ global Now We Talkin’ engaged over 200 young people aged 14+ from Greater Manchester in devising and producing an exciting, powerful arts-based work. The project included MUSIC, DRAMA, VISUAL ARTS, […]