North to get carnival arts centre

Global Grooves to be core of new facility in Greater Manchester


A carnival arts centre is to be built in Greater Manchester, thanks to a major grant from Arts Council England.

Mossley-based Global Grooves is to be the centre of the carnival arts hub, providing exceptional facilities for local and international artists, audiences, young people and communities from the area.

The new facility will be only the second building dedicated to the development of carnival arts in England. The UK Centre For Carnival Arts opened in Luton in 2009.

Arts Council England has contributed £490,000 to project through Small Capital Grant funding. Phase one is due to open to the public in spring 2020.

The news follows a major fire in March which destroyed hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of giant puppets and handprinted costumes at the Global Groove’s storage warehouse.

Since 2003, Global Grooves has inspired people all over the globe to take part in carnival-style events, working in the Gambia, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore, and Trinidad & Tobago. It was founded by friends Holly Prest, Eraldo Marques, and Leon Patel.

Patel, who is now CEO, said: “We will create accessible new spaces in which audiences and participants will mix with most dynamic artists and ideas from around the globe, to learn, imagine, create, grow, and share breath-taking carnival arts here on the edge of the Pennine hills.”

Alison Clark, director north, Arts Council England said: “This award will give a new home to carnival arts in the north west and is great news for carnival which makes such a huge contribution to festivals and public celebrations. Centres like this are also so important to artists and communities and we are pleased to be able to support it.”

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