Contacting the World Street Event

01July06 - 23July06

A Visiting Arts funded Project Contacting the World Street Event, the last event in this joint initiative by Visiting Arts and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, took place on 23 July, 2006 in Manchester. Throughout the week leading up to the event, London artists Kinetika, Arts in Action from Trinidad, Brazilian Meninos do Morumbi and Baraccudas from Barrow ran a series of workshops with a group of 30-40 young people from Manchester, Liverpool, London and Belgium. The participants in the project were introduced to different elements of Brazilian dance and music, Trinidadian carnival traditions, as well as a variety of other styles of performance. They also attended other workshops and performances by the Contacting the World companies. Through the inspiration of these workshops a new performance piece was created especially for the street event, including music, dance and theatrical performance. The culmination of the project was the street parade through Manchester City Centre which also involved 150 young people from all over the world who were participating in Contacting the World, 30 professional development practitioners from both the UK and overseas, as well as staged performances from theatre companies from South Africa, London, Scotland, New Zealand Rwanda, The Philippines and Manchester. The event was enjoyed by more than 2000 people.

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