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CAN Kamosi Juniors (52 of 125)

Don’t miss Kamosi Juniors upcoming performance of The Wizard of Leigh at the Turnpike Centre from 1pm.

CAN Kamosi Juniors (21 of 125)Kámoši Juniors have been feverishly working away on an adaptation of A Wizard of Oz called THE WIZARD OF LEIGH, which they will perform on Saturday 1st April 2017 at Turnpike Centre Civic Square, Leigh Lancashire WN7 1EB as part of International Roma Day. The children have all made contributions by taking on leadership roles as assistant choreographers, directors and scriptwriters to create this production. They have used music, dance, scriptwriting and singing to bring this story to life.



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In 2015/16   16 children completed their Arts Awards, with 14 completing their Explorer certificate and 2 their Discover certificates.

This year, 17 children are aiming to complete their Explorer or Discover Arts Award.

The project will continue until July 2018 with support from Children In Need. We are also submitting another application for the second year of the Leigh Romani-children’s music-making programme- please watch this space.

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TANDEM International Programme – Vrolijheid CAN Co-Create

CAN have produced a new creative-digital programme in 2016/17 with national/international reach via the TANDEM programme (initiative of the European Cultural Foundation and MitOst e.V.), an exchange programme that assists cultural organisations in developing long-term working relationships, knowledge development and networking opportunities with project partners from Europe and beyond.

The aim of TANDEM is to connect and inspire cultural managers by supporting sharing of knowledge and experience across geographical and cultural borders. Supported through this initiative, CAN’s partnership with Netherlands based Stichting de Vrolijkheid (Amsterdam) explores co-creation within the arts in an inter-cultural setting with people with a refugee or migrant background. The result of the inquiry will be a short film that will be used as new training material within both organisations and to inspire other European organisations to work in similar ways. The film will focus on two Netherlands-based arts initiatives and two Manchester-based arts initiatives, Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO) and CAN Young Artists @HOME. The final film will be showcased at the Welcome to the Village Festival in Leeuwarden in the Netherlands in July 2017 and at a Manchester arts-venue later in the year.

The exchange programme between the two organisations kicked off in August 2016 when CAN’s Digital Arts Creative Producer visited Vrolijkeid in Amsterdam to find out more about the organisation and how it is run. The visit included several trips to refugee and asylum centres in the Netherlands to see the creative workshops Vrolijkeid run there and to meet some of the artists delivering the work. A reciprocal visit took place in October, when Tom Saal, business manager from Vrolijkeid, visited CAN during Journeys Festival and met staff and artists involved in delivering the Exodus programme. Filming of the short film will begin in February 2017.


Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – A Call to Creative Action

10610302973_db32829b52_kLearning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities  – A Call to Creative Action

Date:    Monday 20th March
Venue: HOME
10.30am-5pm: Networking event

Price: £3 Platforma members / £7 non-Platforma members

Booking: If you would like to attend please email:

Tea and coffee

Learning Lab: Brexit, Migration and Communities – A Call to Creative Action

Learning Lab engages the Platforma North West Hub, but also seeks to include artists, cultural workers, organisations, activists, academics and change-makers interested in forging alliances through working together.

It will mix lively debate, share ways of cooperative working and learn from active case studies from different regions.

Learning Lab is shaped by the following provocations:

  • What role does art and culture play in a post-referendum landscape?
  • How can arts and culture engage with communities experiencing the harsh reality of austerity policies?
  • Can arts and culture bring communities together in a time of increasing political and social division?
  • How might the arts tap into the deep resilience of communities?
  • How can arts and culture inspire communities to build capacity, respond to ongoing challenges and define their own futures?

Learning Lab partners include: Community Arts North West (CAN), Counterpoints Arts and the University of York, Northern Migration Network.


6pm-8.30pm: Film Screening / Post screening Q&A

Title: The Stuart Hall Project

Full running time (including credits): 103 mins

Country of origin: United Kingdom

Language/s: English


Highly acclaimed at the 2013 Sundance and Sheffield Documentary Festivals, this film from award-winning documentarian John Akomfrah (The Nine Muses) is a sensitive, emotionally charged portrait of cultural theorist Stuart Hall. A founding figure of contemporary cultural studies and one of the most inspiring voices of the post-war Left, Stuart Hall’s resounding and ongoing influence on British intellectual life commenced soon after he emigrated from Jamaica in 1951. Combining extensive archival imagery – television excerpts, home movies, family photos – with specially filmed material and a personally mixed Miles Davis soundtrack, Akomfrah’s filmmaking approach matches the agility of Hall’s intellect, its intimate play with memory, identity and scholarly impulse traversing the changing historical landscape of the second half of the 20th century. (BFI)

The film will be followed by a post screening panel and open discussion.



5 Star Review for MIRO

Yet another five star review for MIRO after their performance as part of the Edinburgh Fringe last week!

“The Manchester International Roots Orchestra, MIRO.. demonstrate how music can overcome national borders and become an inspirational language that can touch everyone… The atmospheric mixture of melodies, instruments and personalities makes the performance something unique, in a truly original celebration of diversity and music.”

"The orchestra’s repertoire exposes the diversity of great talents among its members. MIRO is composed of refugees, students from the Royal Northern College of Music, and local and international musicians from many traditions, lead by Michael Cretu, double bassist and composer."

Here is the link to TV Bomb review:

Time for Change/MIRO


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