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What We Do

We’re committed to delivering and inspiring Carnival activity nationwide. Our mission: to unite and empower individuals and communities through opportunities to experience and create inspirational art: in particular diverse music, dance, visual arts, and Carnival.
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Our projects provide opportunities to engage in high quality arts, and aim to reach and inspire everyone.


Inspiring workshops and training celebrating the arts, culture and Carnival for organisations, schools and communities.


Incredible training, courses and masterclasses in music, dance, visual arts and Carnival from around the globe.


Breathtaking, crowd-stopping Carnival events and performances that connect with your audiences like no other.


We are specialists in helping organisations and local councils to connect with their communities in a meaningful way through the arts.

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Global Grooves are passionate about providing a platform for the next generation of talented young artists and community leaders to shine. Our diverse programme of work with young people includes residential Carnival arts training, distance mentoring, work experience placements, school workshops, hands-on performance opportunities, one-to-one tuition, and more.


Global Grooves support artists at every career-stage, providing opportunities to develop skills, ambition, and depth in their practice. Our shorts courses and master classes provide training for hundreds of students each year, whilst emerging and experienced artists also have access to international research and development trips, practice-sharing forums, national networks, and employment.


Our Tameside-based workspace at The Vale offers access to a fully equipped Carnival fabrication studio space, as well as volunteering and trainee opportunities to nurture skills and encourage participants to explore their future prospects. Our desire to strengthen the UK Carnival sector has brought people together in both Northwest-focused projects and national training initiatives.


A driving ambition for our organisation is to increase the capacity of arts organisations in both Carnival and non-Carnival sectors to collaborate through authentic - and more diverse - cultural arts. We are stronger together, and the Global Grooves door is always open to our fellow arts organisations to partner with us to share work, ideas, and energy to make great things happen!


Since the very beginning, our ambitious public performances have pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved by dreaming big and exploring innovative ways to fund and deliver an exciting artistic vision. Our productions are shaped by global Carnival influences, and offer something for everyone from community parades to corporate events.


Project Phoenix – Studio Volunteers assemble!

Ongoing Opportunities Emily Wood Open Level

Project Phoenix – Studio Volunteers assemble! Join our visual arts Carnival team this summer and enjoy studio time packed full of creativity, brews, and biscuits! We have a host of opportunities on offer from non-skilled tasks for enthusiastic friends and helpers right through to paid skilled work for industry specialists. Whoever you are and whatever […]

Journey of the Orixas

Join the Global Grooves Bloco and workshop delivery team!

Ongoing Applications Leon Patel Advanced

Calling all performers, producers, crew and workshop leaders! Join the Global Grooves Bloco and workshop delivery team! GG is seeking a team of artists to form our brand new Carnival Bloco, kicking off with a hot season of festivals and events all over the UK this summer! Please note this call out is for advanced […]


RHS Tatton – With Cabasa Carnival Arts (20 Jul)

1 day Leon Patel

The Great Garden Carnival is back at RHS Tatton. Global Grooves is pleased to announce that we will be teaming up with Cabasa Carnival Arts once again for our annual drum bashing and flower worshiping adventure to bring some lovely Carnival vibes to visitors to Tatton Flower Show. We would love to see you there! […]


Cotton Clouds Carnival (18 Aug)

1-2 days Leon Patel

Global Grooves brings Carnival to Cotton Clouds Festival Cotton Clouds Festival returns in 2018 after a stunning sold out debut resulted in being shortlisted for Best New Festival at the UK Festival Awards. Situated in the old, industrial wool powerhouse of Saddleworth and set against the picturesque vista of the Peak District National Park, Cotton […]


Baka Beyond (18 Oct)

Evening performance Leon Patel Open Level

Details: Date: October 18 Time: 7:30 pm – 11:30 pm Cost: £8 – £15 Venue: The Vale, Unit 2 Vale Mill, Micklehurst Road , Mossley, OL59JL United Kingdom Phone: 01457238089 Fusing music from the band-members’ Celtic and African roots for the past 25 years, Baka Beyond have become one of the finest dance groups around. […]


Future Leaders 2018/19 applications are open!

4 Residentials Leon Patel

 Future Leaders 2018/19 applications are open!    What is the Future Leaders programme? When, where, and how to apply. Finding potential Future Leaders. Join our delivery team for 2018/19. 1. What is the Future Leaders programme? Future Leaders is an innovative international training programme within the Carnival Arts sector, providing access to professional practice, skills and knowledge within music, […]


Manchester Mega Mela – Desi Street Party (22 Jul)

1 day Leon Patel Open Level

Manchester Mega Mela is here! Join Global Grooves on Sunday 22nd of July for our Desi Street Mela! We will be hitting Platt Fields park with our amazing new creations to animate the Mela with carnival goodness. From roaming tigers, to Desi Carnival and stilt walking elephants – the event will be a spectacle to […]


Blue Dot Festival – ‘Out of this World’ (20-21 Jul)

2 days Leon Patel Open Level

Out of this World – Night Parades with Global Grooves As the headliners come to a close, stay vigilant in the main arena and watch out for Out of this World: an other-worldy procession of curious characters by Global Grooves. Blending together Carnival arts, thumping percussion, ethereal beings and illuminated lanterns, the Friday and Saturday night parades […]


Kendal Calling – It’s Carnival Time (28 Jul)

1 day Leon Patel Open Level

Kendal Calling – It’s Carnival Time. We come together 2.10PM Saturday 28th July at Lowther Deer Park for the Kendal Calling parade to go Into the Future! Expect an other-worldy procession of curious characters. Blending carnival costumes, thumping percussion and ethereal beings, the Kendal Calling annual shimmy-shake across the fields will be a spectacle to behold.  […]

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Masterclass with Seby Ntege (24 Nov)

1 day Seby Ntege Open Level

We are recruiting collective of 20 musicians of any discipline with complementary skills and musical genres. We are particularly interested in hearing from vocalists, multi instrumentalists and harmony / melody players of any instrument.


Sambangra Masterclass – CarFest North (28-29 Jul)

2 days* Ian Holmes-Lewis Open Level

Global Grooves presents…. A weekend with Sambangra! Percussion workshops plus parade Sat 28th & Sun 29th July 2018 SIGN UP TO CARFEST NORTH IS NOW CLOSED. TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST EMAIL HELLO@GLOBALGROOVES.ORG Following the success of Global Grooves’ CarFest Adventures 2017, we are delighted to offer this open Masterclass weekend led by […]

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ẸDỪN ARÁ ~ bloco de carnaval – CarFest South (25-26 Aug)

2 days Ravin ‘Raz’ Jayasuriya Open Level

EDUN ARA – bloco de carnaval is a percussion, song & dance performance based project that reflects the African heritage found in Brazilian & Cuban culture. Global Grooves is excited to invite Once Voice Music to deliver this extra special project as part of our touring festival Season.

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Family Lantern Workshops for Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela

Family Lantern Workshops for Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela

Join us at the 13th annual Manchester Dashehra Diwali Mela! Global Grooves’ artist and lantern extraordinaire, Gordon Banks, will be leading family lantern workshops in preparation for the Diwali Mela. You’re invited to join us for FREE Lantern Making workshops at Manchester Central Library and to take part in a magical lantern parade at the Diwali […]

Junior visual arts assistant vacancy

Junior visual arts assistant vacancy

Junior visual arts assistant Join the Global Grooves team and help to create incredible visual arts works and installations that will tour to a series of major UK festivals this summer. We are searching for dedicated and passionate young people aged 16-20 who would like to gain experience in a busy professional visual arts studio [...]
Freelance bookkeeper and financial assistant vacancy

Freelance bookkeeper and financial assistant vacancy

Freelance bookkeeper and financial assistant vacancy Global Grooves is seeking a detail-orientated, thorough, and organised bookkeeper to join our growing team. In this position, you will play a key role in managing the day to day finances of our small but busy arts charity, including creating financial transactions and generating relevant reports. You will also [...]

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