Community Column: Rossendale CAN

Published May 13, 2016 at 12:48

New Culture and Arts Network Forms in Rossendale.

Rossendale Cultural Arts Network (CAN) has been formed from like-minded groups and individuals who appreciate the wealth of visual and performing arts talent that exists within the Rossendale Valley. The main objective of Rossendale CAN is to identify, develop, showcase and promote all of the amazing arts groups that exist within the Valley, and encourage communication and collaboration between members.

Rossendale CAN is a constituted group, Chaired by Barry Hyde, Secretary Pete Sweetmore and Treasurer Romy Vear, and currently has representatives from The Dansworks Academy, The Boo Theatre, The Whitaker Museum, The Bacup Royal Court Theatre, The Rossendale Players, The APNA Community Gallery and other members of the community, all committed to highlighting, promoting and developing the Valley’s talent.

The network welcomes all visual and performing arts groups within the Valley and acknowledges that there are still groups out there that have yet to be identified, and is looking to these groups to broaden the network’s scope. These include music, singing, comedy, brass bands, dance and theatre groups, of which we have many excellent examples in the Valley.

The group is currently developing a website and other social media to get the message out about groups, events and activities. They feel that the more members they have as part of the network, the more effective they can be. So please let the Chair know if you would like to be included as part of the network. Email Barry at

For more information on some of the culture , arts and entertainment offer Rossendale has, please visit the Visit Rosendale website

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