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COTTON CARNIVAL Tameside

Weaving together our heritage through a breath-taking Carnival procession in Tameside.

This is your invitation to join us in creating a special carnival performance as part of the Stalybridge Town of Culture and the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this September.

About The Project

This is your invitation to join us in creating a special carnival performance as part of the Stalybridge Town of Culture and the Platinum Jubilee celebrations this September.

200+ community performers from across Tameside and beyond will have the opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed Carnival artists to develop a breath-taking processional piece which explores our cultural, industrial and globally connected heritage, while celebrating and nurturing our communities’ incredible talent and creativity.  

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.

Most importantly, our diverse community cast will walk side by side, together carrying a heritage that is complex, rich, colourful, and ours.

On the 11th September 2022 the production will hit the streets of Stalybridge animated by the energy of 200 fully costumed percussionists, dancers, brass players and community performers drawn from locality. And you can be part of it.

Through generous support from TMBC and GMCA we are delighted to be able to invite you to join us on this adventure and form part of the cast for this amazing event. This is your opportunity to share your energy and talents with our borough, and to shed some love and light after what’s been a challenging time for many.  

All levels of experience are welcome, and all we ask is your commitment.

Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Wire

DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS

REHEARSAL 1

Drummers, dancers

Sun 4th September 2022 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: The Vale, Unit 2 Vale MIll, Micklehurst Road, Mossley, OL59JL

REHEARSAL 2

Drummers, dancers, brass

Sat 10th September 2022 – 11:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: The Vale, Unit 2 Vale MIll, Micklehurst Road, Mossley, OL59JL

CARNIVAL DAY!

All Participants

Sun 11th September 2022 – ALL DAY 10am – 4pm (performance approx 2pm)

Venue: Stalybridge Civic Hall, Trinity St, Stalybridge SK15 2BN

Scroll and explore our webpage below or use the quick links provided to jump to the section most relevant to you.

Quick Links

The Parade Elements

Here you can see and read about the new designs, sections and images featuring in the parade on our illustrated map.

How to get involved

From dance, music and puppeteering to volunteering and events crew, find out how you can get involved here.

 

The Creation Timeline

Find out more about what’s happening, when and where on our snapshot project timeline.

 

Our team and partners

Read about all the incredible people and organisations involved behind the scenes and on the road.

I have questions

Visit our frequently asked questions to learn more about the project and the event.

 

Contact us

Want to know more and can’t find what you are looking for on the webpage? Get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.

How to get involved

Would you like to take part as a performer, volunteer or crew member? There are lots of ways to get involved for groups and individuals and we’d be delighted to hear from you!

Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire

BRASS, REEDS, MELODY

We would like invite a minimum of 2 GM based brass / reed bands who will have the opportunity to collaborate with internationally acclaimed carnival artists and present together 3 new pieces of music.  The music will be based on traditional brass band marches as well as global Carnival influences. Simple, effective and accessible. Full scores can be provided. Individual players are also invited to join us. We also have limited opportunities for guitarists and other melody instruments.

Age: 14+

Photo: Dave Harbon Photography

DANCE

Calling all dance groups and dancers! We will be inviting 40 dancers to join us to make up four different dance sections and learn new choreography to animate specially made carnival costumes and share their energy and skills with amazed audiences. We welcome groups of dancers as well as individuals.

Age 14+

Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Wire

PERCUSSION

Calling all percussionists! We are recruiting a team of 40 percussionists to make up the drum section for this brand new Carnival piece. You will have the opportunity to learn from expert Carnival percussion directors and join our brass section to create a 100-strong music section. We welcome groups as well as individuals.

Age 14+

Photo: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

PUPETEERS & BACKPACKS

Would you like the opportunity to control one of our beautiful giant puppets, or wear a giant Carnival costume on the parade? Well now is your chance! Full training will be provided via visits to our Carnival centre in Mossley and at the final dress rehearsals.

Age 18+

Photo: Richard Dawson/PA Wire

FLAG BEARERS

We are inviting schools, community groups and colleges to join us to animate a huge section of giant silk flags on the parade. There may also be opportunity to join us in the creation of some of the silk banners. Participants will then join us for the final dress rehearsal and Carnival parade. Some spaces for individuls will be made available.

Age 11+

Photo: Doug Peters/PA Wire

EVENTS CREW

A production like this requires a huge back stage team to help manage the event. Don’t want to perform but would still like to be involved?  Learn about the back stage elements of outdoor arts and join our events crew at the dress rehearsals and on the day.

Age 18+

Opportunities may be available for those younger if they wish to forge a career in arts and events management and production.

Expressions of interest are now open for individuals and groups.

Please click the link below to tell us more about you or your group.

Timeline

Design phase

February – August

Our team of incredible artists are finalising the creative designs for the presentation.

Performer recruitment

April – August 2022

Want to be involved in this once in a generation event? Click here to find out how.

Banner and Flag Creation

August – September

Work with our internationally acclaimed Carnival artists and help create incredible flags and banners. Click here to find out how.

Sectional Rehearsals

Sun 4th September

Selected sections will be invited to work with our artists to learn choreography and music. Click here to find out how you can get involved.

Dress rehearsals

Sat 10th September

Sectional calls, costume checks, and full cast dress rehearsal.

Final performance in Stalybridge

Sun 11th September

All participants will travel to Stalybridge to take part in the the Carnival Parade.

Meet The Team

This project has been made possible by our generous and talented team of artists and partners, inspired by the diverse communities of Greater Manchester. You can learn about all the amazing people that are gifting their energy, skills, and cultures to make this happen here.

Meet The Partners

FAQs

Brass, Reeds, Melody, Dance and Percussion is more suited for those of 14+. The group will be made up of adults and younger performers of all levels and abilities. Parts are varied and suitable for beginners through to expert professional performers. Younger members should have experience of playing music or dancing.

Puppeteers and Backpack are more suited to older performers who must have good fitness levels, mobility and core strength. 18+

Flags Bearers should be 11+, and younger members should be accompanied by their group leads, parents or carers.

Crew places are suitable for 18+ but opportunities may be available for those younger if they wish to forge a career in arts and events management and production.

 

 

For some roles, flexibility may be available. Please contact us to discuss this in more detail and we will be able to advise if we feel you should apply.

Yes! If you would like to arrange to talk to one of the team please fill in the contact form below and we will be back in touch soon.

We’d love to hear from you!

If you have a general enquiry about Cotton Carnival then please use the form below to contact us. We are interested in touring this work across the UK and internationally.

All press enquires please also use this form.

Creating Carnival News

Here you can find the latest news from us and our partners about this year’s Carnival presentation.

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