“Thank you for your wonderful performances at the Oldham Brass Monkeys Festival. The band provided a vibrant explosion of sound, movement and colour to the day and it was delightful to see the audiences responses.” – Rachel Wood -Arts Development Officer – OMBC
Since the very beginning, our ambitious public performances have pushed the boundaries of what can be achieved by dreaming big and exploring innovative ways to fund and deliver an exciting artistic vision. Our productions are shaped by global Carnival influences, and offer something for everyone from community parades to corporate events.
By collaborating with leading artists from diverse disciplines such as percussion, dance, song, and visual arts, every Global Grooves production raises the bar higher for standards of Carnival presentation. In recent years, our courses and master classes have culminated in large-scale presentations reaching thousands of audience members around the UK.
Our ambitious work to date has included:
‘Afoxé Manchester’ shared deep-rooted Afro-Brazilian heritage with a community in a modern setting in an attempt to encourage the meeting of minds, and to inspire and invigorate musical and creative experience.
Exodus; Movement of the People (2011) – this unique Carnival project pulled together a diverse host of music, dance and song groups from across Greater Manchester to create an exciting final performance piece inspired by Bob Marley’s Exodus with full horn section.
Junk Jam (2012) – “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”; exploring upcycling and recycling as a greener, more innovative way to make Carnival. Beautiful and beastly, junk horns and drums, darkness and light.
Journey of the Orixas (2013) – taking its inspiration from the deities of the Candomblé tradition, ‘Journey of the Orixas’ was a celebration of the positive aspects of cultural migration. The project paid homage and respect to the ancient and beautiful traditions of our African ancestors and to the many taken from their homelands as slaves to the new world.
The Tempest (2016) – in the 400th anniversary year since Shakespeare’s death, this Carnival drew influence from themes of conflict, transformation and harmony from his final play “The Tempest”, retold through global Carnival traditions.