Our creative programme for Refugee Week 2020 was transformed into a digital festival.
For Refugee Week in June 2020, CAN was determined to profile the region’s refugee heritage artists and develop a festival despite the challenges presented by the ban on live performance because of the UK’s lockdown restrictions.
CAN curated exciting digital work to take to online audiences sharing a free programme of workshops and thought-provoking performance and film that were created in association with some of the amazing refugee heritage artists from Greater Manchester’s creative community.
Launching on Saturday 13 June #EveryoneCAN celebrated Manchester’s status as the most linguistically diverse city in Western Europe, with a series of free digital creative workshops and performances for families.
The digital festival was viewed on YouTube by Greater Manchester, UK, and international audiences.
Launched on Sunday 14 June 2020 #BeyondBorders was a free digital programme of performances and film created by international artists from the region. Incredibly, some of the music was created, rehearsed and performed socially distanced from the musician’s homes because of Covid restrictions.