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One More Push @ HOME and New Adelphi Theatre

One More Push @ HOME and New Adelphi Theatre

New Adelphi Studio Theatre
Fri 8 June @ 7.30pm
Tickets: 0161 295 6019

Monday 18 June @ 7pm

Tickets: 0161 200 1500

One More Push is a solo show written and performed by Fereshteh Mozaffari, and directed by Rani Moorthy.

In this piece, Fereshteh uses her experience of life in the UK, to grapple with the challenges and joys of life in exile. Using storytelling and dance, she will lead you on a bitter-sweet journey of displacement, integration, change and resilience.

One More Push is supported through CAN’s Talent Development programme and is 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.

To see the full programme of Refugee Week events, check out the link on

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A Generation Rising

HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, First Street, Manchester, M15 4FN

Fri 4 May, 19:30 & Sat 5 May, 15:00 & 19:30




“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 offers 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 centres around the stories and voices of a young theatre company, fuelled by moments of heart-break, politics and uplifting wisdom. 

This living piece is an utterly sincere definition of beauty in an imperfect world. CYA@HOME courageously share their stories to inspire a hopeful vision for our future. THIS IS A GENERATION RISING. 

Fri 4 May, 19:30 & Sat 5 May, 15:00 & 19:30 

Recommended age 12+, parental discretion advised, contains mature themes and offensive language. 

This is an intimate performance with limited capacity so advanced booking is highly recommended. The space will however be open to the public between 12:00-14:00 and 16:00-18:00 on Saturday 5 May to view a series of individual portraits of the company, beautifully captured by artist Benji Reid.

Book tickets through HOME BOX OFFICE 0161 200 1500

This is 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 provides an exciting and inspirational cultural offer for diverse young people aged 13-18 from across Manchester with 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 to share work at the REACT Festival in Bristol

Monday 26 March to Thursday 29 March 2018 at the actacentre in Bristol.

CAN is delighted to be presenting 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 explore Iranian women's narratives. The third piece, Candyfloss explores the struggle to engage in a new country and new culture.

The REACT festival will explore 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 will come together to share their learning about making theatre with refugees. They will be 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 will begin 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. This will be 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.

After lunch, the afternoon sessions will include practical and conversation workshops, as well as matinee performances.
Everyone will come back together at actacentre for dinner each evening, followed by a premiere performance of an original show in the actacentre theatre.

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).

Festival passes (includes refreshments, lunch and dinner) from £25.

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CAN and HOME Refugee Week 2018

CAN and HOME are working in partnership to produce a programme of arts for Refugee Week between 2018-22, celebrating the contributions that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

With Refugee Week as important as ever, as local and global politics collide, fuelling tensions around migration and refuge, the festival aims to be a City Centre based Northern response to a global phenomenon which we feel brings enormous potential to this region.

Greater Manchester has a proud tradition of providing sanctuary to people fleeing oppression and conflict and this is something worth celebrating. The festival will also provide a visible, high profile platform for the region’s emerging talent and opportunities for new cultural production and engagement.

This year’s programme includes music, theatre, film, exhibitions and workshops. With new theatre voices, music and poetry from Iran and Syria; beautiful Soukous and Rumba music from the Democratic Republic of Congo; a workshop programme, films, exhibitions and installations challenging you to think and feel; and much more. Come and join us to celebrate the contributions, creativity and resilience of people new to the region!

Check out the festival programme at

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