In 2011, CAN produced the Exodus section of the Manchester Day Parade working in partnership with Global Grooves, Cabasa Carnival Arts, Bloco Novo and a range of community groups. The Exodus section took a samba reggae arrangement of Bob Marley’s Exodus song as it’s starting point and brought together a colossal samba ensemble, horn section, two dance sections and vocal section from diverse communities under the artistic direction of Leon Patel. Beautiful, colourful carnival costumes were designed and produced by Emily Wood and women from a range of refugee heritages from the Eagles Wing project in Bury helped to make them.
The project encompassed a wide range of outreach activity and artistic sessions engaging with around 200 participants from across Greater Manchester. This project was exceptional both in terms of the artistic quality which was recognised through us gaining the You Got Rhythm award, the high levels of diverse engagement, the partnerships developed and the profile of the final event.