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Creating Carnival 2018 is here!

We are excited to announce this year’s Creating Carnival programme, jam packed full of brand new opportunities to join Global Grooves on the streets this summer.

We have been humbled by the level of support and encouragement from our GG community following our sad news of the fire in March, and are all set to celebrate the strength of our incredible network with a sizzling summer of Carnival creations never before seen! For every donation, friendly chat, charity funding event, offer of volunteering hours, letter of support, and more offered in memory of our puppet friends, we would like to thank Arts Council England, our crowd funder supporters, volunteers, global artist network, local councillors and MPs, partner organisations, community bands, friends, and families for your incredible support. We couldn’t have done it without you, and we look forward to thrilling and exciting your Carnival senses with what we have in store next!

Join us!

Let’s celebrate this summer by joining together to share the heart and soul of Global Grooves with audiences all over the UK. This year’s Carnival programme will present GG with one of its biggest challenges yet boldest victories. We look forward to showing off new work at a host of incredible festivals and community gatherings. This year we will be calling on our Carnival community to join our events team to perform, make, produce and facilitate this summer’s hottest new street art…


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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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 […]


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 […]

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Batukada Academy

Weekly Eraldo Marques Open Level
Batukada Academy – Global Grooves
Love drumming? Love Samba? You’ll love Batukada Academy ! Led by internationally renowned

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! […]


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 […]


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 […]


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.  […]


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 […]


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 […]

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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.


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, […]


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. […]

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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.