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Creating Carnival

Join us on an adventure...

It’s been a long time coming and we are itching to get back on the road for what’s gearing up to be Global Grooves’ biggest and most vibrant Carnival parade to date. With brand new puppets, costume, choreography, and music in the making, it’s time to come together and bring some Carnival magic to the masses.

This time, Manchester style... Excited? We are too!

About The Parade

Drawing upon our research into Greater Manchester’s industrial heritage through textiles and procession, Global Grooves will present a brand new piece of Carnival, proudly made in Manchester.

This new presentation is a reflection of our global interdependence and a celebration of our shared heritage and identity, exploring the resourceful, progressive, and innovative approach to industry and processional carnival arts from our past and present. We will weave together creative elements using traditional making techniques, musical phrasing, and dance movements that tell the story of today’s Greater Manchester, proudly sharing our story on the global stage.

A SHARING OF GIFTS

Between March and May 2022 our Carnival Centre will transform into a hive of creative goodness inviting musicians, dancers, makers, volunteers and friends to help create a new piece of work that will travel to London with a 200 strong cast as part of The Platinum Jubilee Pageant on the 5th June. The parading piece will then travel back to its birthplace to share its energy again with the people of Greater Manchester.

This breath-taking processional piece celebrates the deep cultural exchanges that take place when people travel and meet others who have vastly different experiences, ideas and ways of living and being. In Greater Manchester; the last 70 years has seen an incredibly rich exchange between people from commonwealth countries and beyond, forging a truly unique global city-region.

It focuses on our talented, diverse communities in Greater Manchester, showing that when we are open to new friendships and cultural collaborations anything is possible. We are delighted to be able to share this creative, celebratory and inclusive vision with audiences all over the world.

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

 

The Creation Timeline

Find out more about whats 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

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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 and we’d be delighted to hear from you! Read about the roles on offer and learn how to apply by clicking on the elements below.

Timeline

Check back here regularly as more detail is added to the timeline.
Please note that schedules are subject to change.

Design phase

February – March

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

Performer recruitment

February – March 2022

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

Making phase and studio volunteering

March – May

Work with our internationally acclaimed Carnival artists in our studio and help create incredible costumes and structures. Click here to find out how.

Sectional Rehearsals

April – May

Selected sections will be invited to work with our artists to learn choreography, music, and create group flags.

Dress rehearsals

21st, 22nd, 28th, and 29th May

Sectional calls, costume checks, and full cast dress rehearsals will happen in Greater Manchester over these key weekends.

Final performance in London

Sun 5th June

The Queens Platinum Jubilee Pageant. All participants will travel to London to take part in the Pageant joining 4,000 other performers.

THE PARADE ELEMENTS

We are deep into the design phase, getting ready to spring into action this March. Take a look over the illustrated parade map below and explore the different elements of this brand new parading piece.

Click on the images below to explore the latest designs and find information about each section

Creating Carnival – A Sharing Of Gifts

Since 2003, Global Grooves has studied, practised, developed, and shared inspirational Carnival arts practice from around the world throughout the UK and internationally.

We feel incredibly privileged to embrace diverse global traditions with great integrity and respect, creating projects that motivate more people to connect with the arts as a way of making positive change for both themselves and others.

The parade section, 'A Sharing of Gifts', is led by our lead Carnival Queen character ‘The Spirit of Courage’ representing HRH coming to the throne as a young woman and her courageous leadership throughout her 70 year reign. Designed by Iola Weir, the Carnival queen is played by Cheddar Gorgeous, a leading drag artist from Manchester celebrating our world famous Canal Street and the incredible diversity of our communities. Indeed, Cheddar is northern drag royalty.

Our Queen is riding her horse drawing inspiration from HRH’s beloved horse Burmese - famously HRH much preferred to ride a horse than the royal chariot. In the 1981 Trooping of the Colour, HRH was shot at 6 times. Her horse panicked, but she took gentle control of the situation with great courage, calming her horse, and was seen smiling and continuing with the parade, waving to spectators as she passed.

In our lead image our Queen and her horse are riding over the waves, the base representing the hull of a ship acknowledging her journey across the world and her journey through life as the worlds most travelled monarch.

Costume

Our Queen will be dressed in a gold costume, with a neck piece inspired by Trooping of the Colours uniform. The Carnival backpack piece is inspired by longitude and latitude lines adorned with gold globes and planets – the world and universe both as a physical and spiritual journey. Her headdress, based on a mariner's astrolabe, cradles a globe showing the unity that is achieved with the open sharing and understanding of culture and heritage. A 5-metre hand painted silk sail flag with hand woven, heritage quality silk from Murshidabad will be printed with gold, metallic ink designs inspired by maps, compasses, universe and galaxies.

Colour Scheme

Sea/Waves – blues, turquoise, gold leaf

Shell – gold, corals, bronze, golden yellows

Queen – gold dress, headdress golds, whites, blue & greens for globe

Backpack – gold

Silk – Golden yellow, buttercup yellow, mustard, gold & bronze print

Designed by Iola Weir

NANA BURUKU

African Queen & Flag Bearer

THE PUPPETS

Four female puppets representing regions in which HRH has travelled, and reflect the communities of Greater Manchester, each a Queen of our communities. They represent different stages of woman’s life, coming of age, mid life, and elder.

Designed by Tony Mason, our African Queen draws influence from the Queen's important visits to Ghana in 1961, Nigeria 1956, & The Gambia in 1961. Inspired by ‘Nana Buruku’ a revered supreme deity in West Africa and now celebrated across the world following the migration of African people to new lands. A mother goddess, Nana Buruku is an older, wiser woman - she is a calm, benevolent, grounded representative of the earth, always acting with dignity and gentility. The puppet is made using natural materials – bamboo, cane, raffia. Her beaded skirt is inspired by African percussive instruments; as she moves, the beads collide to create percussive sounds. Her bow will be batiked and hand painted using natural dyes and reflecting patterns and textiles across the African continent and in particular designs from ABC wax – textiles designed in Tameside, Greater Manchester for Ghana.

Our Dancer and Flag bearer will wear costume drawing influence from traditional African dress and reflect motifs seen in the puppet. The flag design will be inspired by African textiles patterns and prints from across the continent.

Colour Scheme

  • Earth colours, brown, cream, natural materials
  • Deep purple, lilac

Designed by Tony Mason

PADMINI

South Asian Queen & Flag Bearer

THE PUPPETS

Four female puppets representing regions in which HRH has travelled, and reflect the communities of Greater Manchester, each a Queen of our communities. They represent different stages of woman’s life, coming of age, mid life, and elder.

Our South Asian Queen will draw influence from a woman in mid life wearing traditional dress seen in HRH’s numerous visits to the Indian sub-continent.

Her costume will be decorated in traditional embroidered fabrics from India & Pakistan and is she modelled and pays respect to the late Indian icon actress and dancer Padmini Ramachandran.

She is joined by our dance / flag bearer dressed in traditional Indian dress and Carnival costume holding a hand painted Batik flag with designs inspired by traditional textile and mehndi patterns.

Colour Scheme

  • Pinks, turquoise, jade
  • Gold and silver embroidery / jewels
  • Blue, pinks, jade, turquoise

Designed by Iola Weir

NAME TBC

Caribbean Queen & Flag Bearer

THE PUPPETS

Four female puppets representing regions in which HRH has travelled, and reflect the communities of Greater Manchester, each a Queen of our communities. They represent different stages of woman’s life, coming of age, mid life, and elder.

Our beautiful Caribbean queen represents the energy of our youth – a nod to HRH’s Caribbean tour of 1966. Referencing Caribbean cultures, she is inspired by the tropical and lush lands of the Caribbean, adorned with flowers native to the Caribbean and surrounded by Hummingbirds. We celebrate Peter Minshall’s first queen costume – Hummingbird.

The puppet will be dressed in clothing inspired by traditional Carnival characters from Trinidad & Tobago (Dame Lorraine) and Barbados (Mother Sally, representing fertility).

She will be joined by a dancer and flag bearer that will wear traditional Caribbean Carnival costume with colour scheme sympathetic to those reflected in the puppet (backpack costume). The flag design will take references from the Puppet and Caribbean Carnival heritage.

Colour Scheme

• Hummingbird colours, greens, deep blues, purples

• Flowers native to Caribbean, deep pink, orange, yellow

• Lush nature, shades of green Designed by Chris Anderson

Aurora

'Mad fer it' Manchester Queen & Flag Bearer

THE PUPPETS

Four female puppets representing regions in which HRH has travelled, and reflect the communities of Greater Manchester, each a Queen of our communities. They represent different stages of woman’s life, coming of age, mid life, and elder.

Representing the spirit of Manchester’s internationally renowned Club and Music scene going ‘Mad fer it’ in the Hacienda days, our Manchester Queen will nod to 80/90’s club wear, with a vibrant puppet that is able to dance and move freely to Mancunian tunes and beats.

Our dancer and flag bearer will don 90’s dance clothes featuring Danny Henry, a Manchester club and Carnival dance legend.

Colour Scheme

Bright pink, blue, purples

Designed by Iola Weir

Percussion and Brass

THE GLOBAL GROOVES BLOCO

A 150 strong Carnival band, inspired by the colours of the regalia at Trooping the Colour. Imagine a Brazilian carnival colliding with a Whit Walk. A joyful community taking their story to the streets, sound-tracked by the warmth of a brass band fused with a samba bloco. Plus a nod to Greater Manchester’s popular music traditions.

Brass

Our 50+ strong youth brass section will consist of young members from the European youth championship band Wardle Academy Brass. Playing a new musical arrangement by MD Jack Tinker, we will explore music drawing influence from Manchester’s rich popular musical heritage, international Carnival and traditional Whit Friday style brass band marches.

Performers will wear traditional brass costume with jade coloured shirts inspired by Trooping of the Colour sashes within the traditional military uniform. The scheme also highlights jade accents in the percussionists' costumes. Each performer will be ‘crowned’ in a piece inspired by traditional Indian/Pakistani parading brass band headwear, each with a feather reflecting headwear worn by the Queen during Trooping of the Colour parades.

Colour Scheme

  • Inspired by ‘Trooping the Colour’
  • Black trousers
  • Red & black waistcoat
  • Black dicky bow
  • Jade shirt
  • Headdress, black, red, gold, jade

Percussion

Featuring young musicians from the internationally renowned Future Leaders arts leadership programme joined by other players from across Greater Manchester, this Carnival percussion group will weave together a variety of international percussion styles and phrasing in new pieces of music to complement the brass arrangements and reflect the cultures of Greater Manchester. Led by musical director and Future Leaders Alumni, Emma Marsh.

The performers' costume will be created from hand dyed, batiked, and printed cotton inspired by the north-eastern Brazilian Blocos. The design is inspired by African textiles and motifs that will repeat across the Global Grooves Bloco section. Headdresses are inspired by the power of the Orixa Xangô, lord of fire, lightning, thunder, but also of music, drumming, and dance.

Colour Scheme

  • Carrying on Trooping the Colour inspiration and African colour scheme (Xangô – red and brown)
  • Intense red, scarlet, golden yellow, jade, deep brown, orange

Costume Elements Designed by Emily Wood

Percussion Director - Emma Marsh

Melody Director - Jack Tinker

Bloco Performers - Global Grooves Future Leaders and selected players from across Greater Manchester.

Brass Ensemble - Wardle Academy Brass Band

DANCERS

THE GLOBAL GROOVES BLOCO 

A 150 strong brass, percussion and dance Carnival band, Inspired by the colours of the regalia at Trooping the Colour. Imagine a Brazilian carnival colliding with a Whit Walk. A joyful community taking their story to the streets, sound-tracked by the warmth of a brass band fused with a samba bloco, and a nod to Greater Manchester’s popular music traditions.

Dancers

Our group of ten international Greater Manchester based dancers will perform Intricate, energetic dance routines choreographed by Adriana Rosso specially for the new musical arrangements. Dancers from various cultural backgrounds will have space to add their own dance flavours to this routine creating a truly international troop.

Their costume will be created to enhance movement styles and allow for big, bold choreography; a red jersey top, cut into round the neck with scrap fabrics from other costumes tied into the top with golden beads and sequins. Wide legged silk trousers – hand painted and batiked with designs from Bloco costumes and a belt made with scraps of fabric from costumes created in other sections – lightweight beads and light reflecting crystals and diamantes to be added adding movement and sparkle and referencing our African Queen puppet.

Colour Scheme

  • Main colour the blue/jade from the sash in trooping colour
  • Red top, red beaded belt
  • Jade trousers with accents of red, scarlet, orange and golden yellows

Costume Designed by Emily Wood

Choreographer - Adriana Rosso

Performers - TBC

CRINOLINE DANCERS

THE GLOBAL GROOVES BLOCO

A 150 strong brass, percussion and dance Carnival band, inspired by the colours of the regalia at Trooping the Colour. Imagine a Brazilian carnival colliding with a Whit Walk. A joyful community taking their story to the streets, sound-tracked by the warmth of a brass band fused with a samba bloco, and a nod to Greater Manchester’s popular music traditions.

Crinoline Dancers

Representing the ten districts of greater Manchester, our Jubilee Dance ambassadors will perform a new choreography in beautiful ‘Baiana style’ dresses.

The floating giant costumes will be created in hand woven, Indian Fairtrade silk from Murshidabad in West Bengal.

Ten regal style dresses will feature layers of hand dyed & batiked motifs inspired by textiles in Africa & reflect costumes worn in the percussion section.

Ten dresses will be hand painted and printed onto silk in gold metallic ink, patterns inspired by peacock feathers and Indian textiles linked to our lead Carnival Queen at the head of the parade. Inspired by Osun the west African goddess/deity representing divinity, beauty, femininity, fertility and love, and the flow of fresh sweet water from the river Osun in Nigeria of which shares her name.

Each dancer will feature a headdress inspired by crowns and headwear from around the world, including northeast Brazil, North and east Africa, and recycled saris from the Indian sub continent.

Colour Scheme

  • Colours inspired by Trooping the Colour and referencing the golden colour scheme and silks from the Queen.
  • Red, scarlet, orange, golden yellow, jade.
  • Golden yellow, buttercup yellow, mustard, gold and bronze metallic print.

Costume Designed by Emily Wood

Choreographer - Adriana Rosso

Performers selected from each of the ten Greater Manchester districts

Silk fan backpacks

Giant 2mtrs x 4.5metre silk backpack pieces will be worn by members of our community performers from Greater Manchester. The costume will be shaped like a giant fan that wraps up on itself then unfolds to reveal beautiful batik / hand painted silk similar to a peacocks tail and Chinese fan.

Designs will reflect our African, South Asian and Caribbean Queen puppets featuring textiles practice, nature, and cultures from the respective regions. The costumes will be hand painted onto hand woven Fairtrade Indian silk from Murshidabad in West Bengal.

Colour Scheme

  • Africa - purple, lilac, shades of brown, mustard, golden yellow
  • India - pink, jade, turquoise, blues
  • Caribbean- green, purple, pink, jade, turquoise

Costume designed by Emily Wood - Cabasa

Performers selected from three of the ten Greater Manchester districts

Community Flags

Our section of 50 x 4metre handmade silk flags will be designed and performed members of our community from Norbrook Community Centre in Wythenshawe and communities across the borough of Oldham. Supported by Manchester based Carnival artists, they will explore ideas and stories of the Monarch and their international communities and reflect these in several new stunning designs.

Performers will be in uniformed costume in black trousers and colourful hand dyed t-shirts with full Carnival face paint designs to complement their creative work.

Colour Scheme

  • Multi coloured – vibrant colourful section full of colour. Full rainbow

Flags designed, made and performed by Norbrook Youth Centre and communities from the borough of Oldham.

Lead Artists: TBC

Fabrication and concept - Emily Wood - Cabasa

Illustration by Lizzie Rigby

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

Creating Carnival News

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

FAQs

Participants in the project must be 16+.

If you are younger than 16 and want to get involved with opportunities like this please contact us and we can signpost you to events and opportunities suitable for your age group.

This does not apply to participants involved in projects with our community partners.

 

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.

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