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Canal Dream 
Community Interest Company

Dream Story

Canal Dream (CD) is an award-winning non-profit arts and cultural organisation based in London. Established in 2023 it was founded by Chuntian Hu. CD began as Chuntian’s graduation project at the Royal College of Art.

 

CD’s vision is to animate historical canal with emerging arts. 

 

CD’s mission is to build a waterway-based platform for cross-sector collaboration and innovation. 

 

CD does this by using the waterways as maps, and boats as spaces, to organise site-specific multi-arts events, creating opportunities for creative practice, community wellbeing and canal regeneration.

CD’s current services are Canal Dream Event, Canal Dream Hub, Canal Dream Zine, and Canal Dream Consultancy.

 

CD Event: We organise multi-arts events on canals and boats. Including large festivals, small exhibitions, micro art nights and talks.

CD Hub: A waterway-based innovation and collaboration platform.

 

CD Zine: The Canal Dreamer, a zine featuring multidisciplinary creative practices on the canal.

CD Consultancy: We provide event consultancy including strategy, design, production, filming and marketing.​

Dream Impact

Received awards:

05/2024, IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2024, Winner of the Marcus Boudier Trophy for the best decorated privately entered boat by Inland Waterways Association;

05/2024, IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2024, Runners up of THE CRUISE ELECTRIC TROPHY, for the best illuminated boat by Inland Waterways Association;

05/2023, IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2023, Runners up of THE CRUISE ELECTRIC TROPHY, for the best illuminated boat by Inland Waterways Association;

09/2022, shortlisted Global Design Graduate Show by ARTSTHREAD X GUCCI;

05/2022, IWA Canalway Cavalcade 2022, Winner of the Marcus Boudier Trophy for the best decorated privately entered boat by Inland Waterways Association;

06/2022, shortlisted Helen Hamlyn Design Awards by The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design;

 

Organised 13 events,

including Canal Dream Art Festival and collaborations with other festivals including: London Design Festival, IWA Canalway Cavalcade and the Aranya Theater Festival.

Built a strong network in both the canal and creative community,

CD have worked with 10+ boats.

And CD work with creatives from multiple disciplines to develop different events. CD have built a 300+ creative network, mostly from the UK's leading arts schools.

Reached 700+ visitors in a single event.

Media

 

2024 - Arts and Culture on the Canal, All About Art Podcast

2023 - Understanding Canals: The Veins of the City, London Design Festival

2023 - Canal Dream CIC making its debut at London Design Festival 2023, together with Slash Arts, Word on the Water, and programming partner Global Generation and the Floating Garden to celebrate arts and culture on the Regent's Canal

2023 - Celebrating 10 years of Service Design at the RCA

2023 - Canalway Cavalcade celebrates 40th anniversary

2022 - Canalway Cavalcade 2022 declared a great success

Dream Partners & Supporters

To date we have partnered with and have been supported by many organisations including…

London Design Festival 2023 Official Partner,

Slash Arts,

Word on the Water,

Global Generation,

Inland Waterways Association,

Dangerous Kitchen,

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Illubeams productions

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