Since our first ever Global Grooves workshop, we’ve met young people all over the UK who have positively shone; dancers with some sort of fire in their eyes, artists with a surprisingly mature sense of design style, or musicians a deep desire to make and share music with others.
Global Grooves have had the pleasure of working with 120 of these incredible emerging young artists during our Future Leaders programme since our first cohort in 2014. We are excited to welcome a further 80 young artists to our network in our upcoming 2021 and 2022 cohorts.
Our leadership team (Holly, Leon, and Eraldo) all began their own journeys as enthusiastic teenagers in community arts settings, and so the Future Leaders programme is very close to our hearts. When the team began offering workshops and courses under the name ‘Global Grooves’, there had been a great deal of discussion about how we could promote youth training to a higher level and ensure a constant rejuvenation of fresh young faces in the Carnival arts scene and beyond. And so, the programme was developed as a residential training experience which soon became its own community and movement.
Having delivered three fantastic programme cohorts and an additional series of advanced follow-up courses, we look forward to further developing the programme over the coming years.