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.

An-Ting Chang, CAN Artistic Director



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