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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.

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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: £18.35 / 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

Latest News

Out of work and looking to develop your skills?

Out of work and looking to develop your skills?

Then look no further! We’re delighted to announce we’re launching a brand new course, Click Together, our Creative Careers Camp. If you’re 18+, a Greater Manchester resident with the right to work in the UK but currently unemployed, you can join us every Tuesday morning (term time only) in Ashton-under-Lyne for creative taster sessions that […]

Bringing warmth and light to Tameside this winter

Bringing warmth and light to Tameside this winter

When it’s dark and wet outside, Carnival doesn’t stop – in fact, we think it’s when it’s needed most! We’ve got some great events and workshops coming up and, as usual, you can join us and get involved! The first is the Tameside Winter Carnival, this year held in Stalybridge on Saturday 16 November. We’re […]

Active Citizens Social Leadership Programme

Active Citizens Social Leadership Programme

Active Citizens Social Leadership Programme Don’t wait for change, connect with a local and global community and make it happen! Global Grooves invites people 18+ to complete the prestigious British Council Active Citizens training programme in Tameside. The Active Citizens programme brings people together to learn from and share with each other. This amazing free […]

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Our Team

Meet The Global Grooves Team