We have some great news to share with you!
We are delighted to announce the CAN Festival 2021 will take place from Monday 15 February to Friday 30 April.
CAN will host ten weeks of eclectic and surprising new exhibitions, performances, screenings, comedy and scratch nights from British East and South East Asian artists.
From 19 February to 21 March, the Festival teams up with Two Temple Place, an architecturally-extraordinary late Victorian mansion on the Embankment, as part of an expanding cultural and community programme at the venue. CAN Festival has commissioned five artists to work with the space including augmented reality and architectural artist Donald Shek, fine artist and singer-songwriter Chloe Wing and former lawyer and performance artist Jack Tan, who explores the legal atmosphere of the location of Temple with its nearby ancient chambers and the Royal Courts of Justice.
In April, Queering Now, returns for one night of live performance and a night of film screenings bringing together an eclectic mix of British East and South East Asian LGBTQIA+ artists. The programme will be curated by performance artist and Chinese Drag King, Whiskey Chow.
At the Little Angel Theatre in April, Little Bean Theatre returns with a new show for children aged 0 to 2 and their parents. What’s that sound? will be presented both live and digitally for maximum accessibility. Little Bean is the only Cantonese-speaking family theatre company in the UK and we are delighted to have this bilingual show in the Festival.
Finally, we are especially proud to launch Stay Connected, a new festival strand gathering artists from the 2019 and 2020 Festivals (who are not in the 2021 edition) and offering them a platform to share their work with festival audiences and each other. 30 artists have been offered small commissions to either create new work, share existing work or simply ideas they have in development. Stay Connected artists will also run artists’ networking events during the festival.
All this is made possible by the funding we receive from Arts Council England and Westminster City Council and the generosity of our partners, venues and artists.
Sending you all Season’s Greetings and we’ll be back in the New Year with more news including our sixth digital commission from Tobi Poster-Su.