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We're excited for BA (Hons) student Elysee Kayonda, who will be taking part in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London this Sunday 5 June. The Platinum Jubilee Pageant aims to tell the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign and how our society has transformed over time. Elysee and his sister Benedict were chosen to take part in the celebrations by carnival arts organisation Global Grooves, the only northern group to produce a section of the Royal pageant. They will join 200 participants from Greater Manchester to perform Global Grooves' new work A Sharing of Gifts, showcasing talented and diverse communities through theatre, dance, music, carnival and street arts to a global audience.
Elysee, who was born in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, before moving to Manchester at the age of four said: “Being a part of the only organisation representing Greater Manchester at the Queens Platinum Jubilee is a huge achievement to me, I am very grateful and thankful to be part of this amazing opportunity."
About Global Grooves:
Global Grooves is an artist-led Carnival arts organisation based in the North West of England, bringing together the very best culturally-diverse artists from around the world to create stunning carnival presentations, develop next-generation artists, incubate companies, stimulate innovation in the sector and inspire diverse communities to participate in Carnival, both across UK and internationally.
To find out more about the Queen's Platinum Jubilee visit platinumjubilee.gov.uk/