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Frank Sweeney

Frank brings to GUAVA his practice in, and passion for, community arts and lifelong learning, as pathways to positive social change. 


He has been producing live events for over 25 years, including programming over 500 shows at the Hackney Empire Theatre, producing the Rio-London Carnival Exchange for Create London at the London 2012 Festival, and the Great British Carnival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2014. He is currently Co-Director of Margate Carnival.

He is a Youth Worker and Trustee of Hackney’s The Crib youth charity, where his programme, Desire Paths, supports young, emerging creative practitioners to realise their creative vision and find work in the Creative & Cultural Industries. 

He’s a Trustee of Community Arts company, Black Heroes Foundation, Director of Outdoor Arts producer, GB Carnival (Waltham Forest Borough of Culture and Margate Carnival) and he produces the annual New Acts of The Year comedy showcase at the Hackney Empire for New Variety Lives.


He is a Sector Expert and Peer Mentor for CLOCK Your Skills, the revolutionary non-formal alternative pathway to high-level work based qualifications


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