Spring into something new with CAN Young Artists Sparks of Freedom

Sparks of Freedom - creative taster sessions to find the next generation of CAN Young Artists.

The CAN Young Artists taster sessions took place in April, and included a whole range of creative activities – film, drama, creative writing using game playing – to explore what matters to young people aged between 13 – 21.  The taster sessions will culminate in the creation of a series of short films.

We had a great time over the three workshops – check out the pictures taken by Shirlaine Forrest here.

“In Afghanistan we don’t have school, we are at home all the time.  We are just in our rooms at the hotel.”

CYA participant

“This workshop took me and I’m sure others away from the world outside and be as free as possible. These three days have been the best and brought a new me who is open and free.”

CYA Volunteer

“The past three days have not just been lit it has been a blaze, the work that has been done has left me amazed.”

Remi Adefeyisan, Workshop leader


The impetus behind Sparks of Freedom is the concept of freedom.  The project aims to reach young people from refugee and asylum seeker backgrounds as well as those from more settled communities and all Manchester postcodes.

For more information or to refer a young person, please call, or email Children and Young People Michelle Udogu, Creative Producer, on 0161 234 2976 / 07561 664130 and michelle@can.uk.com

Michelle works part-time Monday – Wednesday so you can call our main line of 0161 234 2975 for more information and we’ll be happy to help.


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