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Community Arts North West

Community Arts North West (CAN) produces high-quality arts projects across Greater Manchester with socially excluded groups. It works primarily with young people, culturally diverse communities, refugees and asylum-seekers, and disabled people. We fund the organisation in this core work and to develop partnerships with other arts and non-arts organisations and venues to provide high-quality arts projects, opportunities and joint-planned initiatives in the region.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £190,000
  • 2013-2014: £194,370
  • 2014-2015: £199,424

Video feed

Kámoši Documentary, 2014 (LONG)

A documentary mapping CAN's project with the Kámoši Youth Group over the past 3 years. Interviews with young people, youth worker and all the other people/organisations that make it happen

Kámoši Documentary, 2014 (SHORT)

A documentary mapping CAN's project with the Kámoši Youth Group over the past 3 years. Interviews with young people, youth worker and all the other people/organisations that make it happen

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Christina Fonthes performing at the Platforma Festival 2013

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Lisapo Workshop Three

WAR! DESTRUCTION! CHAOS! AN OVERVIEW OF OUR WORKSHOP HELD ON 24TH FEBRUARY February 28, 2014 · by Community Arts North West This week's workshop was all about building on the great musical inroads we made last week, and continuing to explore how we might represent the contrast between the happiness felt at Congo's independence and the fear, shock and confusion felt at the outbreak of the Congolese Civil War. From the outset, our lyricist and director, Cheryl, and theatre-maker, Tyndale, encouraged the group to engage with the idea of community in chaos: even in the warm-up, Cheryl had everyone running about the space, hastily forming groups of a certain number ("GROUPS OF THREE!), or connected physically by one body part or another ("GROUPS OF FIVE, ALL TOUCHING NOSES!" -- a personal favourite), and then breaking off to be frantically walking alone again. As the speed quickened, the group ran around, haphazardly -- and sometimes a bit uncomfortably! -- thrown together with and then flung apart from those randomly closest to them. The scene was set for this week's exploration of the chaotic results of war on the community. After the warm-up, we recapped where we are at in terms of creating the live show celebrating Congolese heritage for June 28th (the show will open in 1960s Congo, newly independent, using the songs and Rhumba dance moves we learnt in the first workshop). The event is being created using the many different talents of each of the participants -- everyone gets a chance to showcase what they can do, whether it's singing, cooking, dancing, writing, anything! -- and this week, Tyndale, our musical director, asked those who mainly wanted to sing to form a group. Melanie, Vero, Marie and DuDu stood to one side, and we began to rework the songs and rhythms that we started on last week by organising into separate parts with each singing -- or shouting! -- their own section. Shouts of "War!" and "Destruction!" mingled with the haunting 'We We' melodies sung by the foursome, and sounds of weapons, bombs and a heavy drum beat that Tyndale and Pat (our percussionist) had created blended darkly with the sound of the Djembe drum. The war song began to take form! After a well-deserved break, the group reunited to sing some songs with Emmanuella. Singing in a big ring, some of the performers took drums, boxes -- whatever they could get their hands on! -- and danced about the space. As the energy of the group built, we finished the session with a more concrete idea of the form of the songs we'd learnt, a lot of smiles and a big Conga line. Stay tuned for next week's session on Monday 3rd of March.

Lisapo Workshop Two

INDÉPENDANCE CHA CHA TO ZUIÉ February 19, 2014 · by Community Arts North West On Monday 17th February 2014, Lisapo hosted the second of a series of workshop sessions. The workshop, which was themed Chaos and War, is part of the preparation for the live heritage musical event taking place in June 2014. The session started with a few warm-up exercises and ice breakers from Cheryl, the project Lyricist. After about twenty minutes of warming-up, vocalist Emmanuella, led the group into song and dance. The group learnt the opening lyrics to the Congolese independence song Indépendance Cha cha. Once the group had mastered the lyrics, Emmanuella got them to sing the lyrics whilst dancing the rhumba, a type of dance from the Congo that is heavily influenced by Cuban Ballroom Dance. The purpose of the exercise was to plan the the opening scene for the live show. By the end of the exercise, the group, who come from a number of nationalities and backgrounds, were well versed in the rhumba! The second part of the workshop was led by Tyndale, the Musical Director. Tyndale's session was centred around the theme of chaos and war; he asked the group to brainstorm words connected to the theme. The group came up with the following words: war, disorder, fear, destruction, anger, confusion, which were then used to create a free-style chant that was accompanied by the rhythmic sounds of the Djembe drum, which was played by our percussionist Pat Within minutes, the space was filled with the eerie cries of sadness and despair. The cries got louder as the tempo of the drum increased. By the end of the session, the group had recreated a scene reminiscent of the franticness of the war in Congo. Overall, the session was a great success but none of it would have been possible without the efforts of Leah and Peggy who installed the dance mats -- that's what I call girlpower! Stay tuned for the next workshop update!

Lisapo Workshop One

Lisapo -- The Congolese Tales is a direct development of CAN's Exodus Refugee Arts Programme and is the company's first project that aims to create an oral histories record for the region's archives. It is hoped that we will be able to build on this programme for the future, creating archiving projects with other refugee heritage groups that have settled in Greater Manchester in recent years. Lisapo will record, preserve and share the untold stories of the Congolese community living in Greater Manchester. A community that has been migrating to Britain since the late 1980s as a result of the destabilisation of the country and consequent civil war. The Congolese community represents one of the largest stakeholder groups involved in the Exodus programme since 2004. The main objectives of the programme are to: Record, preserve and share the stories and memories of the Congolese community in Greater Manchester Provide a permanent public archive of 25 oral histories at the North West Sound Archive and the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Archive and through CAN's website Offer training and skills development opportunities for five members of the community in oral history recording, developing new technical skills and confidence Develop accessible interpretations of the oral archives and people's history that will communicate well with modern audiences through the production of a heritage inspired oratory featuring spoken word, song and narration that will tell the powerful story of the Congolese historical migration to Britain in recent years Organise a high-profile live heritage event in a mainstream cultural venue where the musical oratory will performed in June 2014 Promote the archive and audio-visual recording of the musical composition widely through online platforms and a DVD

Didier and Remie

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Acoustic Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 31 October 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Didier and Remie Didier and Remie are members of The Redeemed. The Redeemed is a Congolese band created by Didier Kisala who brought together young people aged between 16 & 24 who were passionate about music. They play typical Congolese gospel music fused with different style of music such as Rumba, Sebene, Zouck, Jazz and more.

The Walk to Ras Al Ain

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live performance -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Walk to Ras Al Ain Born and based in London, Alexandra Kharibian is of Armenian and European decent. The piece 'The Walk to Ras Al-Ain' was inspired by her Armenian grandmother's story of survival during the events that took place from 1915-1923 in the Ottoman Empire at a time when hundreds of thousands of Armenians were forcibly removed from their homes and communities. The exiled people were sent on Death Marches to camps in the Syrian Desert, one of which was in Ras Al-Ain. Many of the survivors fled abroad, never to return to the land of their birth. Through this performance I am looking at how exiled Diaspora keep their culture and traditions alive through the memories of their heritage and language.

The Paper Project

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees The Paper Project A collaboration between British artist Mark Storor and seven young artists from migrant communities. The Paper Project is a visual spectacle that invites audiences to walk through the strange and sometimes alienating world of young migrants living in London. Salih Ahmed, Temor Al Kaisi, Hassan Al Mousaoy, Tamara Brenlla, Tania Cadena, Resa Gashi and Victor Rios in collaboration with award winning artist and internationally-renowned Mark Storor have created an extraordinary and deeply moving performance. This project is dedicated to the 155,000 undocumented children living in the UK who cannot fulfil their dreams of going to university or having a career and who live in fear of deportation.

Mazloom

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Mazloom Mazloom is a portrait of a young refugee, Asef, alone in London, whose life is being torn apart by the impending prospect of deportation to Afghanistan. The script came about as a result of an 8 month project run by Kieran Sheehan Dance Theatre in collaboration with Merton and Wandsworth Asylum Welcome. Sara Masters (writer) and Kieran Sheehan (director/choreographer) worked with a group of six young Afghan asylum seekers to create a piece of performance. This explored their experiences both before and after coming to the UK and their responses to turning 18 and losing their protection - their right to remain - in the UK.

Kayo Chingonyi

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Kayo Chingonyi Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, moving to the UK in 1993. He holds a BA in English Literature from The University of Sheffield and an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, University of London and works as a writer, events producer, and creative writing tutor.

Katy Carr and The Aviators

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Katy Carr and The Aviators Katy Carr is a singer, musician, songwriter and aviator. She has released four albums -- with the most recent Paszport, sung in both Polish and English. A multi instrumentalist Katy variously plays a vintage electric Wurlitzer piano, ukulele and banjolele which feature on her recordings with her group, Katy Carr and the Aviators. Carr's dulcet and often haunting vocals have been heard everywhere from the Royal Opera House to Womad and Glastonbury Festival. The inspiration for the songs on Paszport derive from stories gathered from Kazimierz Piechowski about his time in the Armia Krajowa, Polish Home Army and the Polish partisans between 1942 -1945 as well as elements connected with the Polish resistance movement in World War II German-occupied Poland, the Soviet invasion of Poland in 1939 and the committal of World War II crimes in Poland by both German and Soviet zones of occupation. Katy does extensive outreach work with Polish communities in the UK and around the world and has an ongoing interest in the experiences of Polish exiles who came to the UK.

Crossings Band

For more info visit http://bit.ly/P3Xms5 Live Music Night -- Martin Harris Centre, Manchester 1 November 2013 Part of the Platforma Festival of arts & refugees Crossings Band Based in the North East, Crossings Band is drawn from members of the Crossings project open music session and choir and is led by Fred Phethean. Band members bring their own unique music to the band, arrange songs created in Crossings open sessions and work together to create dynamic new musical compositions and fusions. The Crossings project creates a welcoming space where asylum seekers & refugees come together with local and international musicians, to collaborate on the development and performance of their music.

Iryligh - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Time for Change - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Elonga - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Mina - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Birra Ho - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Karass Zhadra - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Johnny - Platforma

Manchester International Roots Orchestra The Manchester International Roots Orchestra is a new musically diverse orchestra which aims to nurture musical collaboration between refugee and other culturally diverse musicians, and Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM) students. The Orchestra involves musicians, singers and MCs of all styles and genres who are proficient and who want to collaborate with others. The orchestra aims to create exciting new music drawing on a range of music genres. We will be working towards two high-profile performances in Manchester during 2013. This project involves Michael Cretu as Music Director, and Serge Tebu as Assistant Music Director. For more information about MIRO visit http://bit.ly/MIROrchestra

Video Highlights Update of Platforma Festival (2013)

An updated version of the video highlights from Platforma Festival 2013 with a few amendments to credits. Platforma brought artists, performers, academics, organisations and funders from across the UK and around the world together to showcase work, share practice and discuss aspects of the arts by and about refugees. This was the second Platforma Festival, which was produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with Community Arts North West and took place at the Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, from October 31st to November 1st 2013. The Platforma video highlights and interviews were filmed by the CAN volunteer media team with post production by Maria Gabriella Ruban. For more information about Platforma and to join the Platforma network visit the website www.platforma.org.uk

Video Highlights of Platforma Festival (2013)

There is an updated version of this video with a few amends to credits here http://youtu.be/Nn5N_x2l9Vo This short video brings together highlights from Platforma Festival 2013, produced by Counterpoints Arts in partnership with Community Arts North West and the Martin Harris Centre. Platforma brought artists, performers, academics, organisations and funders from across the UK and around the world together to showcase work, share practice and discuss aspects of the arts by and about refugees. This was the second Platforma Festival, which took place at the Martin Harris Centre, University of Manchester, from October 31st to November 1st 2013. The Platforma video highlights and interviews were filmed by the CAN volunteer media team with post production by Maria Gabriella Ruban. For more information about Platforma and to join the Platforma network visit the website www.platforma.org.uk

There's A Hole In My Sidewalk

There's a Hole in My Sidewalk is a short allegory about addiction based on the poem by Portia Nelson. Created by the Petrus Community as part of the Digital Sparks project, with arts development organisation, Community Arts North West and artists AlbinoMosquito. More information about Digital Sparks and the making of the films at http://digitalsparks13.wordpress.com

RoofLess

RoofLess is a moving video portrait of the lives of people who are in housing need, and are involved with the Petrus Community. Created as part of Digital Sparks, a digital Media project led by the Petrus Community in partnership with arts development organisation, Community Arts North West and artists. AlbinoMosquito. More information about Digital Sparks and the making of the films at http://digitalsparks13.wordpress.com

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