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Urgent volunteers needed for carnival to reach audience of millions

A Mossley carnival organisation is appealing for volunteers to help with the final push for their biggest event to date.

Global Grooves is the only northern participant in the Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant, a spectacular parade set to reach a global audience of hundreds of millions next month.

The arts organisation is calling for local people to lend their support with a 'mountain of making' that needs to be completed in time, from hand-printed batik flags, to costumes and giant walkabout puppets.

Producer Freya Bennett-Nielsen says that any time people can offer would be greatly appreciated and that all volunteers will be made to feel very welcome at their headquarters, The Vale, home to the Northern Carnival Centre of Excellence.

Freya said: "We need as many hands on deck as possible as the Pageant is so close and it's a really busy time for us. All volunteers will work alongside professional artists and makers from Cabasa Carnival Arts to help finish off a mountain of making!

"Absolutely no previous experience is required and if you want to help, we guarantee we can find a really useful job for you to do, and teach you some new skills along the way.

"Carnival is about people and the event itself is just the tip of the iceberg. Behind the  scenes is where the magic happens, with people making new friends, having a laugh, building their confidence and learning new tricks.

"We would love to see some new faces over the next few weeks and the kettle is already on!"

Global Grooves colourful carnival influenced spectacle, called A Sharing of Gifts, involves over 200 participants from Greater Manchester. It draws inspiration from across the Commonwealth, including the Caribbean, Africa and the Indian subcontinent and will also feature readily recognisable music, fashion and dance influences from closer to home.

At the head of Global Grooves’ promenading entourage will be a glorious carnival queen in her own chariot, followed by giant walkabout puppets, a 100-strong young people's carnival music group, 50 lavishly costumed dancers and a sea of giant flag bearers.

The Queen's Platinum Jubilee Pageant is taking place on Sunday 5 June 2022 and will be televised around the world. Winding its way through the streets of Westminster and along the Mall, past Buckingham Palace, it will tell the story of HRH's record 70-year-long reign.

The pageant will be one of the final events across a four day bank holiday weekend.

Since 2003, Global Grooves has inspired people all over the globe to take part in carnival-style events, working across Greater Manchester as well as in Gambia, Brazil, New Zealand, Singapore, and Trinidad & Tobago. In 2021, Global Grooves launched the Northern Carnival Centre of Excellence within The Vale arts centre in Mossley.

Until Sunday 15 May, the studio at The Vale, off Micklehurst Road, will be open from 10.30am-8pm every day and then from 16-20 May, volunteers are needed between 10.30am and 6pm. If you can offer some time, even if it's only an hour, contact Global Grooves at hello@globalgrooves.org

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