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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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ENGAGEMENT PROJECTS

Our projects provide opportunities to engage in high quality arts, and aim to reach and inspire everyone.

WORKSHOPS

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

CARNIVAL CENTRE

The Vale, a new Carnival Centre of excellence for artists, audiences and communities.

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CARNIVAL COURSES

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

EVENTS

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

CONSULTANCY

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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YOUNG PEOPLE

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.

ARTISTS

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.

COMMUNITIES

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.

ARTS ORGANISATIONS

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!

PRODUCTIONS

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.

Latest News

The Vale Live: Lockdown Gigs straight to your living room!

The Vale Live: Lockdown Gigs straight to your living room!

THE VALE LIVE presents a dynamic lineup of acts from across the globe, broadcasting from our virtual venue, live to your living room! Kicking off on 24th April, The Vale Live will bring you wonderful talent every Wednesday and Friday from our favourite artists in isolation. No need to move from the couch (unless you’re […]

Non-executive director vacancies

Non-executive director vacancies

Global Grooves is recruiting A Non-Executive Director aged 18-25 A Non-Executive Director aged 26+ Global Grooves is looking for two non-executive Directors to join our Board. This is an opportunity to get involved in the development of our vibrant artist-led Carnival arts organisation, based in Tameside, Greater Manchester. It is a very exciting time for [...]
Can you help us with the missing patch?

Can you help us with the missing patch?

Can you help us with the missing patch?Unusual things happened at the spot where the mill once stood. I’d seen strangely dressed figures riding snails in formation, and a dragon blackening the abandoned doors with its fiery breath. When I’d seen the Tyrannosaurus Rex chained to a stake I thought I was seeing things, but [...]
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Festa de Yemanjá

1 day Leon Patel Open Level

Festa de Yemanjá

A day of percussion, song and dance for Yemanjá

Join Adriana Rosso and Leon Patel to explore the beautiful movements, songs and rhythms of Yemanjá. In this full day voyage of discovery participants will have the opportunity to join the music or dance sessions learning together several arrangements that will join forces at the end of the day in a celebration of drumming, song and dance to pay homage to the goddess of the Oceans Yemanjá.  Please note limited places are available for this workshop.

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Afro-Brazilian dance with live percussion

Weekly Adriana Rosso Open Level

Afro- Brazilian dance brings together the rhythms and swing of Afro-Brazilian percussion with the grace and energy of traditional Brazilian dance such as Samba, Samba-Reggae, Maracatu, Frevo, coco, Maxixe, Caboclinho, Dance of orixas and other styles routed in Africa. This class is for anyone who are curious about Brazilian culture and wants to widen their […]

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Batukada Academy

From: £10.34 / month
Weekly Eraldo Marques Open Level
Batukada Academy – Global Grooves
www.globalgrooves.org/batucada-academy/
Love drumming? Love Samba? You’ll love Batukada Academy ! Led by internationally renowned

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Our Team

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