How you can take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebration in London with Tameside group Global Grooves

Greater Manchester’s representatives at the celebrations marking Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 years on the throne are searching for talented residents to join them for the special performance.
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A carnival crew from Greater Manchester is looking for artistic talent from across the city-region to take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

Global Grooves, from Tameside, wants dancers and drummers to join a massive cast for its performance celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s seven decades on the throne.

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The group is also looking for trainee puppeteers and volunteer carnival crew and makers to get involved in the run-up to the celebration in London in June.

How you can take part in the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant with Global Grooves

Global Grooves is looking for 20 exceptional dancers and a number of accomplished drummers from across the region to join a 200-strong cast for its pageant performance in the capital city on 5 June.

The group will present a colourful carnival-influenced spectacle called A Sharing of Gifts.

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The parade will feature 100 drummers, 50 costumed dancers, a championship brass band, a sea of flag bearers and four giant walkabout puppets.

Described as ‘Brazilian carnival meets Whit Walk’, it will be headed up by a carnival queen on horseback.

Dancers must be 16 or older and have some dance or movement experience, though this doesn’t have to be formal training.

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Drummers, aged 14-to 25, need to be experienced percussionists in any style.

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Global Grooves is particularly keen to find performers who want to bring their own heritage to the event, whether their musical and dance influences come from Africa, south Asia, the Caribbean or Greater Manchester.

Travel to and from rehearsals at The Vale carnival arts centre in Mossley, Tameside, and the final performance in London will be arranged and all costs covered, thanks to support from GM Arts.

Full costume will be provided for all performers.

The deadline for people to apply is 24 March and the application form is available online at Global Grooves’ website.

What has Global Grooves said about it?

Leon Patel, CEO of Global Grooves, said: “Our parade piece celebrates the deep cultural exchanges that take place when people travel and meet others who have vastly different experiences, ideas and ways of living and being.

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“It also focuses on our talented, diverse communities in Greater Manchester, showing that when we are open to new friendships and cultural collaborations anything is possible.

“We are not looking for performers with reams of qualifications or years of formal training - it’s enthusiasm and ideas that will make you stand out. If you live and breathe carnival, then this is the opportunity for you.”

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Global Grooves Credit: C Dyson

Kirsty Connell, network coordinator for Greater Manchester Arts, said: “The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant offers a fantastic opportunity to showcase to the world some of the talent we have here in Greater Manchester.

“We’re really pleased to be able to support Global Grooves in ensuring that all of Greater Manchester is represented.”

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