Global Grooves Arise! back to listing

Global Grooves has risen like a phoenix from the ashes after a catastrophic mill fire destroyed 15 years’ worth of their creative work. They lost hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of giant puppets and hand-printed costumes when their storage warehouse at Ray Mill in Stalybridge burned to the ground in March.

But now they are back and stronger than ever and have announced plans to turn their current home – The Vale – into a £1 million carnival arts hub.

Their vision is to create Tameside’s first high quality and accessible arts centre, providing exceptional facilities for local and international artists, audiences, young people and communities from Greater Manchester and beyond. We are delighted to announce that Arts Council England has contributed £490,000 to the project through Small Capital Grant funding. Phase one is due to open to the public in spring 2020. A centre of excellence for carnival in the north, Global Grooves’ 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.

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