Participatory arts can make ideas happen, create pride & respect, raise aspirations, develop confidence, communicate & share the narrative of peoples lives, and most importantly create really enjoyable times

What’s on

Upcoming Events

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 contemporary and imaginative urban arts-based collaborations with communities, artists, craftspeople and agencies. Our work spans a wide range of art forms such as:

  • Combined arts performance events
  • New and original theatre
  • Dance
  • Music production including recording, choirs, music theatre, bands, writing and major music narrative productions
  • Video and digital arts
  • Festivals, carnival, street theatre
  • Showcase events including exhibitions and screenings
  • Visual arts including temporary & permanent environmental projects, exhibitions and installations
  • Training events