Leon Patel

Based in Manchester UK, Leon is a freelance musician, project manager and director of three leading cultural arts organisations. As a musician, he is fascinated by all things percussive. For the last 20 years he has focused on Afro-centric music and arts traditions eventually finding his main passion and focus in Carnival.

As an arts leader, he has helped to develop many of the Northwest’s leading carnival arts organisations, guiding them to produce high quality participatory arts and touring productions. Leon’s main focus and passion over the last ten years has been the development of the social enterprise Global Grooves as CEO.

Leon has also helped to develop the arts Module within the British Council’s ‘Active Citizens’ programme as well as being a Clore fellow 2014.

More recently he has taken the lead on the development of a new Northwest Centre for Carnival Arts initiated by Global Grooves due to open in Mossley, Greater Manchester at the end of 2019.