Upcoming Events

THE FOLLOWING EVENTS HAVE SINCE BEEN CANCELLED. Due the government’s latest advice for people to avoid non-essential contact due to the coronavirus pandemic, CAN has decided that it is in everyone’s best interests to cancel the Libraries of Sanctuary Programme of events.

The safety and wellbeing of our colleagues, fellow artists and audiences is central to everything we do, and we will make every effort to reschedule. As soon as we have more information we will let you know.

Libraries of Sanctuary Welcome Days
March – May 2020 at various locations across Greater Manchester

Between March and May 2020, Community Arts North West and Greater Manchester Libraries present a series of Welcome events in libraries across Greater Manchester designed and curated by refugee-heritage artists. Whilst the full programme is yet to be announced, we are excited to announce the following events as part of this fantastic initiative:


Celebrating Bilingual Manchester
Saturday 21 March, 13:00 – 16:00
Manchester Central Library

Climate Connections: Digital Workshop
Saturday 28th March, 12:00 – 15:00
Oldham Central Library


Other events  – more information to follow soon:

Saturday 4 AprilChadderton Library: Persian Dance Workshop,  Roma & Balkan Music & Traditions, and craft activities 11:00 -15:00

Saturday 18 April –  Northmoor Library: Craft activities, The Art of Protest, and Storytelling workshop for children, 9.30- 13:00

Saturday 2 May –  The Forum Library Wythenshawe: Details TBC

Wednesday 6 May –  Longsight Library: Details TBC

Saturday 9 May –  North City Library (Harpurhey): Details TBC

Saturday 16 May – Bolton Central Library: Britannia Rumba Showcase performance

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Past events as part of our Libraries of Sanctuary programme have included:

Welcome Party
Saturday 7 March, 13:30 – 15:00 or 15:00-16:30
Bolton High Street Library

We warmly invite you to a FREE Welcome Party with live music, dance and food on Saturday 7 March at Bolton High Street Library. A warm welcome awaits everyone!

African drumming group Jamtan led by Senegalese master-drummer Adama Kande will be teaching some rhythms, and dancer Imani Jendai will be sharing some West-African dance moves. No experience of drumming or dance needed.

Welcome Party  is presented by High Street Library in partnership with Community Arts North West as part of the national Libraries of Sanctuary movement. The artists are represented by Amani Creatives.

About the artists:
Jamtan is an African drumming group led by Senegalese master-drummer, Adama Kande. Jamtan is a Fula word meaning ‘I am at peace’ or ‘I am fine’ which is the response to the greeting ‘tanala’ meaning ‘how are you?’ Their music originates from Guinea Conakry, West Africa. It is also played in Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Mali. They will be playing a Fula/Malinka interpretation of the music which is traditionally played at coming of age ceremonies, weddings and general celebratory events.

Imani Jendai is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and artistic director from the Caribbean. Her workshops fuse aerobics with African and Caribbean dance movements as well as other rhythm and contemporary dance forms.


For over 40 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.