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Still I Rise

Still I Rise

As Manchester marks the centenary of women’s suffrage, The Travelling Heritage Bureau, a powerful collective of international women artists based in the North West, are coming together to create a pop-up, interactive trail around Manchester Art Gallery on Sunday 7th October 2018.

The women will lead you on a joyful journey of resistance, creativity and hope, with echoes of women’s struggles across the world to be represented, respected and to be free. Expect film, sculpture, textiles, painting, music and poetry with cultural influences from Africa, Asia, Latin America and beyond.

Still I Rise is directed by Yusra Warsama, produced by Community Arts North West and Digital Women’s Archive North, in partnership with Manchester Art Gallery as part of Journeys Festival International and Black History Month.

This trail is FREE and will be suitable for all ages.

Trail Times:

  • 12.30pm
  • 2pm
  • 3.30pm

Trail length: Approximately 40 minutes

(Image: Jean-Marie Simon)


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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 bitter-sweet journey of displacement, integration, change and resilience.

One More Push was supported through CAN’s Talent Development programme and was part of a HOME and CAN partnership programme of events for Refugee Week, with an additional performance at the New Adelphi Studio Theatre in Salford.

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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 a journey, and show you how it could be. Welcome to our world, there is a place for you here. 

Intertwining biographical narratives, visual performance, live music and audio soundscapes; this performance offered a generous and honest account of the lives and experiences of a collective of young people living in Manchester. Inspired by an exploration of personal difference, this intimate and powerful performance centred around the stories and voices of a young theatre company, fuelled by moments of heart-break, politics and uplifting wisdom.

This living piece was an utterly sincere definition of beauty in an imperfect world. CYA@HOME courageously shared their stories to inspire a hopeful vision for our future.

This was the third year and final production of a three-year Manchester Young People's Performing Arts Programme; a partnership project between CAN and HOME. It provided an exciting and inspirational cultural offer for diverse young people aged 13-18 from across Manchester with the opportunity to develop their creative ambitions and work in a cohesive group.

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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 the WOW - Women in the Creative Industries Awards that took place at Royal Festival Hall on 7th March 2018. The WOW –Women in the Creative Industries Awards are the first ever cross-sector awards to honour women who are leading the way in the creative industries, and celebrate the pivotal women who make the sector as strong as it is today.

Cilla’s Inspiring Change Award, recognises the actions of women who have been instrumental in effecting positive social change, unleashing the creativity of others and giving a platform to important stories through their work in the creative industries.

Well done Cilla and thank you WOW Women of the World Festival 2018!


CAN at the REACT Festival in Bristol

CAN shared work at the REACT Festival in Bristol, held in March 2018.

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 new country and new culture.

The REACT festival investigated the significance of community theatre for the integration of refugees & asylum seekers with host communities across Europe. The three REACT project partners from Bristol, Rotterdam and Palermo came together to share their learning about making theatre with refugees. They were joined by theatre companies and practitioners, academics and students for a series of workshops and conversations, as well as six new refugee theatre shows.

Each morning began with a morning-after conversation to discuss the show seen the night before, with an opportunity to ask questions and to hear more from the performers and directors. They were followed by a presentation from one of the three REACT partners, each with a different model, taking an in depth look at how they approached making refugee theatre in their country.

The afternoon sessions included practical and conversation workshops, as well as matinee performances.

Workshops, talks and shows from - Good Chance, Phosphoros Theatre, Citizens Theatre Glasgow, Community Arts North West (CAN), Catrin Evans, PAN Intercultural Arts, Rewrite, acta (Bristol), Rotterdams Wijktheater (Holland) and Centro per lo Sviluppo Creativo Danilo Dolci (Sicily).

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