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 […]

EVENT: Message from Žarko

Leigh Miners Welfare Club 8 April 2013 6:30pm-8pm Message from Žarko is a performance by Kámoši youth project produced by Community Arts North West in partnership with Wigan Council’s Voice & Engagement Team. The event celebrates International Roma Day that takes place on Monday 8 April. Inspired by Djelem Djelem the Roma national anthem written […]

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 […]

Hear Me Now

Hear Me Now is the second year of a 3-year youth arts project. Aimed at 12-18 year-olds, the programme develops skills & confidence and creates a voice for young people living in today’s Manchester. Most importantly it is an opportunity for young people to have a good time. If you run a youth group, work […]

The Machine Speaks to Rafiki Kamosi

What would the machine say if it could speak? Inspired by the story of the world’s first machine, CAN’s Manchester-based The Machine Speaks youth arts group performed work that explored the connection between humans and machines, process and memory, mixing it up with Afro – Roma – Eastern young vibes from the Wigan & Leigh-based […]

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, […]

In the Mix

In the Mix was an exciting project that created music making opportunities for young people in Greater Manchester. The project worked with young people from diverse geographical areas, cultures and backgrounds, to develop music-based collaborative work through a variety of projects and partnerships. The project brought together young people who were at different stages of […]

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, […]

Youth Arts

CAN’s youth arts programmes are unique in that they provide safe spaces where young people from different social groups and geographical areas can interact with each other. Often starting at an entry level of involvement, they are able to engage in a process that values their existing skills and cultures with opportunities to further develop […]

Rafiki and Kamosi

The Rafiki/Motswako project was originally set up in 2001 by Wigan MBC’s Youth Service to provide a safe separate space for young refugees and asylum seekers. It has represented important provision in a borough that has relatively less experience of resident culturally diverse communities compared to other Greater Manchester boroughs. It has since developed its […]