Since 2003, Global Grooves has brought inspirational Carnival practice from around the world into communities across the north. We are passionate about embracing authentic, diverse art forms with integrity and respect, and to developing a distinctive UK Carnival aesthetic.
Our mission: to unite and empower individuals and communities through opportunities to experience and create inspirational art: in particular diverse music, dance, visual arts, and Carnival.
Our three core aims:
Strengthen and invigorate the Carnival sector; increase quality, distinctiveness and reach, so that more people can experience inspirational Carnival arts.
Bring together people of all backgrounds (including artists at every stage of their careers) to experience and progress in high quality Carnival arts practice; through those experiences connect, share ideas, support each other, build stronger networks.
Create opportunities for professional artists to make ambitious and inspirational Carnival, in and with communities (including visual arts, music, dance).
We draw on worldwide cultural forms to deliver inspirational projects to motivate individuals and communities to connect with the arts as a way of making positive change. By collaborating and advocating diverse traditions, we strive to shape a sustainable and exciting arts landscape that is based on excellence and innovation.
We pride ourselves on building lasting relationships and partnerships with artists, groups and organisations that share our goals to build a confident, progressive and grassroots arts culture in the UK and beyond. We believe that healthy and happy communities need diverse quality art experiences that they can create and be involved with. We provide opportunities for discovery, exploration and innovation and support artists in collaboration.
Our organisation offers accessible training in a variety of formats, including short courses, master class weekends, productions, special events, and extended CPD.
Global Grooves began in 2001 as a small collective of percussionists and workshop leaders in the Northwest, responding to an obvious demand in the area for more advanced and expert training in every arts discipline from Brazilian drumming to Afro-Cuban song. Now, established as a registered charity Global Grooves continues to go from strength to strength delivering authentic courses and development work for participants and professionals.
Through our social enterprise model, surplus income is filtered back into supporting arts based social action projects around the globe.