Chinese Arts Now

Chinese Arts Now

England, London


Circus Dance Drama Mixed Media Physical Puppetry

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Chinese Arts Now (CAN) was founded in 2005 as a not-for-profit arts organisation (formerly Chinese/Chinatown Arts Space) to develop, commission and present to the public work exploring contemporary Chinese perspectives and art forms, and work that blends Chinese and other contemporary art forms. In 2018, CAN became a National Portfolio Organisation supported by Arts Council England.

In 2019, CAN launched a new annual festival, CAN Festival, the first arts festival across London dedicated to showcasing to the public performing arts that explore contemporary Chinese themes, perspectives and art forms. CAN has toured nationally (Nottingham, York) and internationally (Edinburgh, Shanghai).

Key CAN Productions include plays Citizens of Nowhere? and Overheard and concerts Bats and Beats and Coalesce.

CAN’s augmented reality app, Augmented Chinatown 2.0, is available for download from Google Play and App Store.

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