“Global Grooves has been a huge positive presence for us all… a massive boost of positive energy and enthusiasm to BeatLife that helped to shape our strategy for the future.” – Alistair Flooks, BeatLife
A driving ambition for our organisation is to increase the capacity of arts organisations in both Carnival and non-Carnival sectors to collaborate with 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!
When Global Grooves began in 2003, one of our key projects centred around bringing together all of the various Carnival groups in the Northwest (in Manchester in particular) to work collaboratively and signpost their members to further training and development opportunities. Over a decade later, we have seen participants around the region join new projects, participate in more performances, sharing information and offering support to each other’s groups more freely, and even begin studying new art forms. This ‘movement’ is certainly spreading around the UK as our work further afield is growing.
Outside of participatory community arts, our work also reaches a wide public audience in the form of corporate commissions. During 2016, these included collaborative presentations at RHS Tatton Flower Show, Liverpool Pride, Manchester Mela, Liverpool One, Stockton Carnival, and INTU Trafford Centre.