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Horizons Festival 2019

Saturday 15th June to Friday 21st June 2019
At HOME Manchester
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Horizons Festival is a partnership between CAN and HOME as part of Refugee Week 2019. Horizons Festival is a contemporary, family-friendly festival that is diverse in programming, bringing together work created with communities and artists as well as international, national and regional projects of excellence. The festival aims to create a northern platform for Refugee Week, celebrating the huge contribution that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

This year’s festival will be action-packed and inspirational!

Horizons Festival 2019 - Programme At A Glance:

Sat 15 Jun - Welcome to the UK
13:00 – 17:00 Sanctuary Souk Global Marketplace, FREE
13:00 – 14:00 Storytelling Workshop with Emmanuel Bajiiji, FREE
13:00 – 14:00 Cultural Dance Class with Magdalen Bartlett, FREE
13:00 – 15:00 Horizons Short Films
14:00 – 15:00 Circus Skills with Masresha Wondmu, FREE
16:00 – 17:00 Sub-Saharan African Singing and Percussion Workshop, FREE
16:00 – 17:00 Incredible Week for the Banks Theatre Performance by RAPAR, FREE
16:00 – 17:00 The Free Association Discussion Group, FREE
17:00 – 18:00 Lift the Ban Creative Workshop, FREE
18:30 – 19:45 Manchester International Roots Orchestra & Amani Choir Double Bill
19:30 – 22:30 DJ Mayeva, FREE
20:00 – 21:30 Welcome to the UK Theatre Production

Sun 16 Jun - Crossing Borders
12:20 – 12:50 An Enduring Struggle For Justice – Exhibition Tour, FREE
13:00 – 14:00 Creative Memory of the Syrian Revolution: Exhibition Tour, FREE
14:30 – 15:45 The Travelling Heritage Bureau Film Screening
16:30 – 20:00 Cohere Installation, FREE
17:00 – 18:00 Cohere Performance, FREE
18:00 – 19:00 Abstract is the Wind; Art and Music Installation, FREE

Mon 17 Jun - Free to Dance
19:00 – 20:00 Sir Pe Talwar Dance Production
20:00 – 21:00 Mulembas D’Africa Dance Performance and Workshop, FREE

10:00 – 16:00 Shared Space: A Learning Lab, FREE
18:00 Island of Hungry Ghosts Film
20:45 – 21:30 Young Amani Music Performance, FREE
19:00 - 20:00 DECLARATION! Performance
20:00 – 21:00 Displacing the Displaced: Human Rights, Refugees and Migrant Justice Discussion, FREE

Wed 19 Jun - Female Resistance
18:00 – 19:45 The Echo of Pain of The Many Screening + Discussion
20:45 – 21:30 WAST Nightingales Choir, FREE

Thu 20 Jun - Love is my Religion
19:00 – 20:00 Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble Musical Performance
20:45 – 21:45 Sarah Yaseen Musical Performance, FREE

Fri 21 Jun - Global Rave
19:00 – 23:00 DJ Irfan Rainy, FREE
20:00 – 22:30 Global Rave (Blanchard De Plaizir & Psyfunktions), FREE

To view the full programme and to book tickets, please visit the official Horizons Festival website.

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The Dream Collector

The Dream Collector is a performance created by David Cuong Nguyen and CAN Young Artists (CYA@HOME).

In a world where young people face uncertainties and future dreams hang in the balance, CYA@HOME offer a guiding light in this tale of friendship, solidarity and bold determination.

The Queen of Dreams has sharp eyes
She sees a dream that’s there for the taking
Clasped in our hands. Pinned to our hearts
She is waiting for the moment
When we have to let them go

Marina has big dreams for the future. Remelle has one small hope left. Can Marina and her friends help Remelle and others like him to defeat the Queen of Dreams and imagine new futures?

Saturday 13th April 2019
Theatre 2, HOME, 2 Tony Wilson Place, Manchester M15 4FN
Matinee performance: 3pm
Evening performance: 7:30pm
Duration: 1 hour


CYA@HOME is a company of young performers aged 13-18 formed through a partnership project between Community Arts North West and HOME. This is the company’s fourth performance at HOME following the success of What’s Done is Done, A Generation Rising and The Snow Dragons (performed as part of National Theatre Connections Festival 2017).

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Refugee Week 2019

Refugee Week at HOME

Saturday 15th June to Friday 21st June 2019
HOME Manchester

Refugee Week at HOME is a contemporary, family friendly festival that is diverse in programming, bringing together work created with communities and artists as well as international, national and regional projects of excellence. The festival aims to create a northern platform for Refugee Week, celebrating the huge contribution that refugees make to the cultural, political, social and economic life of the UK.

CAN and HOME launched the festival in June 2018 showcasing some of the incredibly diverse, refugee-led talent from Greater Manchester. The programme included music, theatre, film, exhibitions and workshops with new theatre voices, and music and poetry from Iran and Syria. It also included beautiful Soukous and Rumba music from the Democratic Republic of Congo, a workshop programme, and installations which challenged visitors to think and feel.

This year’s festival will be equally action-packed and inspirational. The full programme will be launched on 1st May 2019, so watch this space for updates.

We look forward to seeing you there!


(Image by Shirlaine Forrest)




RO:BOTS was an immersive, promenade performance created by the Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Club.

The event took audiences on a journey to the year 2079, the era of the Robots. For years RO:BOTS have entertained and served us, protected and cared for us; RO:BOTS and humans have lived in harmony. But recently things have changed and tensions have been rising. The performance explored the theme of RO:BOTS vs Humans and delighted, entertained and startled audiences on a trip through rooms, inside cupboards and alongside opening hatches.

The event took place in Leigh, Wigan Borough, on Saturday 23rd March 2019. There were two intimate promenade performances at 1:30pm and 2:30pm.

View the album on flickr.

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(Photo: Shirlaine Forrest)

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Kámoši Juniors Performing Arts Club is a music, dance and theatre programme that welcomes all local children in Leigh, Wigan Borough. The project is led by Community Arts North West (CAN) in partnership with the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS), Wigan Music Service, Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School, Leigh Central Primary School, Leigh St Peters and Leigh C.E. Primary School.

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All Because of Love

CAN are proud to be supporting internationally acclaimed Musician-Composer, Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble as part of our Talent Development Scheme this year.

We are delighted that Seyed Ali Jaberi has been successful in securing Arts Council funding for a national tour of All Because of Love; a music production, combining hauntingly beautiful Sufi music and dance, bringing the poetry of Persia’s beloved mystic poet Rumi to life.

All Because of Love presents a devotional Sufi setting of Rumi’s poetry, considered in the Middle East to be the ultimate expression of wisdom and love, with contemporary and traditional music compositions by Jaberi.

The production is accompanied by a post-show discussion and a chance to find out more about Rumi’s spiritual philosophy and the Sufi music traditions of Persia.

This national concert and festival tour is jointly presented by The Hamdel Ensemble and Community Arts North West in association with Band on the Wall with support from Arts Council England.

 ‘A Rumi celebration: part chamber music, part carnival… brims with quiet intensity.’ Songlines review ****

Tickets can be booked online at Band on the Wall.


(Photo by Shirlaine Forrest)

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