CAN Festival 2021 is Chinese Arts Now’s annual festival of work by British East and South East Asian artists, running from 15 February to 30 April.

Ten weeks of exhibitions, music, screenings, performance, art, dance, comedy , talks and workshops will be presented digitally. Over 60 artists are involved this year and CAN is proud to present their work and create a Festival, designed for these ‘non-live’ times and that can be enjoyed now and keep artists and audiences connected.

“People have suggested that I cancel this year’s CAN Festival but for me it is more important than ever to keep the Festival running. The pandemic has highlighted the division between rich and poor, between different nations and cultures. East Asians particularly are in a very controversial position where the world seems to monitor but not understand them. CAN wants to tell a broad range of diverse contemporary Chinese stories and this year’s Festival presents work from more than 60 leading British East and South East Asian artists. It is essential that we remember why we are here, that we carry on making art, and stay connected with the public and our community of artists.”

An-Ting Chang

Director of Chinese Arts Now and the CAN Festival


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