Leon Patel Chief Executive of Mossley based International performance team Global Grooves has helped raise more than £35,000 towards a proposed new arts centre at Vale Mill in Mossley which is set is to open in Mossley this summer 2015.
The facilities will include an independent cinema, performance space and a digital learning suite, the new cultural hub, based at Vale Mill,
Micklehurst Road, will also feature arts, crafts and making facilities, a large artists’ studio, exhibition space, music making activities and a meeting space.
Local creatives and entrepreneurs will be able to utilise the new centre’s hot-desking provision, which offers opportunities for ad hoc networking.
Ahead of the summer launch, a series of trailblazer events have been organised including an environmentally themed digital art installation, Afro-Brazilian Carnival and digital art. There are other trailblazers planned include film screenings, a free creative computing course and a world music ensemble for young people
The new arts and learning hub is being set up as a social enterprise and the five Mossley-based partner organisations have already invested over £35,000 of their own money.
Leon Patel from Global Grooves, who is heading up the project, said: “While the government has been making unfair cuts, squeezing arts, culture and creative learning to almost extinction , we have been thinking hard about how we can reinvest our skills and expertise to help feed creativity within our local community.
“Mossley has long played a central role in Tameside’s arts and cultural scene and we hope that the new centre will become a focal point.
“Our mission is to help to plug the hole in budgets and hopefully encourage young and old alike to join together, be creative, learn new skills and have fun.
“We are now keen to make connections with other local creative, community and third sector organisations to see how we can work together.”
The five partners in the project are all long-established local arts companies and charities. Global Grooves has been a leading training provider in international performance arts for the last 12 years, Bangdrum CIC has a 15 year history of running music and dance workshops for schools and Cabasa Carnival Arts has been producing large scale carnivals around the region for the last 17 years. Drum Jam has delivered high quality music based team building events for business internationally for the last 15 years and sound experimentalists and educators Noisy Toys are well known at festival and science fairs around the country.
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