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Exodus: Movement of the People


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Exodus was a unique carnival band that pulled together various music, dance and song groups from across Greater Manchester to create an exciting final performance piece inspired by Bob Marley’s Exodus. The project was delivered in partnership with Cabasa Carnival Arts, Band on the Wall, Global Grooves, Community Arts North West, Bloco Novo and the Exodus project. Throughout, participants studied the traditions and styles of north-eastern Brazilian Bloco’s with a Jamaican Reggae, Hip Hop and Mancunian twist. Cabasa created over 100 costumes for this one-off spectacle which formed part of the Manchester Day Parade 2011. The costume unified all of the different elements and brought the group together as a whole.

As part of ‘Exodus’ (a Community Arts North West project), Cabasa were asked to facilitate a series of workshops with a refugees women’s group in costume fabrication. Exodus is a dynamic programme of participatory cultural production, working with refugees and host communities across a range of traditional and contemporary art forms. It has a strong focus on cross cultural collaborative production and draws upon the rich heritage and experiences of Greater Manchester’s diverse communities.

As well as fabrication, a series of workshops were held to create the drumming, dancing, singing and brass playing bloco. ‘Exodus: Movement of the People’ filled the streets with noise, colour and infectious smiles whilst paying homage to traditions old and new.