CAN FESTIVAL 19 January to 2 February 2019

Welcome to CAN Festival 2019: the first arts festival in the UK dedicated to contemporary British-Chinese performance and culture. The festival will showcase a diverse range of art forms (music, drama, live art, dance, films, digital arts) with over 60 events across London. The festival presents high-quality contemporary and innovative Chinese arts and aims to raise the representation of Chinese artists in the UK.

Highlights in the festival include a site-specific drama about a British Chinese family: Citizens of Nowhere?a combination of Chinese and European instruments as a part of LSO’s ‘East meets West’ series: Chinese String Quartet & LSO Strings; live ping pong percussion with a piano trio as a part of Southbank’s ‘Soundstate‘ festival: Bounce Beat; and a fusion of Debussy’s music with a Chinese classic story: Lao Can Impression.

Neither Here Nor There explores a sense of belonging and what community is; Global Soundscapes/Tangram: Yangqin Trio showcases experimental classical music with perfume and avant-garde Chinese music in a double bill concert at LSO St Luke’s; Ghost Girl//Gwei Mui/鬼妹 tells the real story of a Chinese girl growing up in a white family; Love Songs mixes get-on-the-dance-floor music, rap and spoken word; and finally there is a thrilling mix of break/hip-hop and contemporary dance based on calligraphy in Red INK.   

See full programme here or download the CAN Festival 2019 brochure here.

Lastly, we are grateful to our Pioneer Supporters whose contribution has enabled us to programme such an exciting first Festival.

We hope you will enjoy discovering the wealth of British Chinese talent with us.

An-Ting Chang, CAN Artistic Director


With thanks to our Pioneer Supporters:

朱卡通, Hanue Chan, Chen-Kuang Chang, Chi-Hsien Chu, Wendy Huang, Nicholas James, Annie Lee, Michelle Lin, Xiao Lu, Sino Pac Securities Europe Ltd, Shu Yang, Christine Yau MBE






Image credits: Main banner image: Lao Can Impression © Chen Chou Chang