Through workshops and performance, our Cotton Carnival invites communities across Tameside to consider:
How have textiles shaped our towns? Be that the ‘fancy flannel’ mills – which once served Queen Victoria – now converted into arts centres and community hubs; or the Ghanaian fabrics and designs, which for over 100 years have connected Hyde with West Africa, facilitating the flow of ideas, stories, people. We’ll learn, share and be creatively inspired by the threads running through our communities.
How does our music connect us? From marching bands, to carnival Morris groups, to Indian Dhol drummers, to Brazilian street bands, Tameside’s streets have always been alive with music. What happens when we explore these traditions, uncover lost music, learn new skills and fuse soundworlds together?
How has dance shaped our communities? Dance has been part of human history since its earliest origins, bringing transcendence to spiritual rituals and creating bonds within communities. Dance styles have changed through history, but dance itself remains one of the most expressive physical art forms. How can reflect and share the spirit of our community through dance?
What do we carry? With honesty, sensitivity, openness and respect, we’ll invite participants to engage and celebrate our shared histories and identities together. Though creative conversations around how we choose to represent ourselves, each other and our community, we’ll create stunning banners for Tameside which will intrigue readers with poetry rather than polemic.