Arts, Business & the Community 2019
Sponsored by Wales & West Utilities
Winner: Cardiff University
Manon Rees-O'Brien, Menter Caerdydd, Helen Beddow, Cardiff University & Aneirin Hughes
Image by Glenn Edwards
Cardiff University is the main sponsor of the largest community Welsh language festival, Tafwyl, demonstrating its commitment to engaging young people in the arts and with the language. The support, in partnership with A&B Cymru and Cardiff and Vale College, created 5 new rock, pop and indie bands from Cardiff secondary schools. Workshops by leading musicians and choreographers were delivered in both English and Welsh medium schools. Each band had the opportunity to perform at Tafwyl and the experience helped develop new music and Welsh language skills. Over 40,000 people visited the festival last summer and Cardiff University staff and students took part, with Business School undergraduates employed as an evaluation team. The judges congratulated the partnership on how it engaged pupils, especially those from English language schools, in the Welsh music scene and the impact the project had on the wider community of Cardiff.
Cardiff Harbour Authority
Following the successful Under the Bridge project in Milford Haven, Cardiff Harbour Authority partnered Arts Active Trust to provide enjoyable and inspirational activities for young people in Cardiff Bay. Taster sessions ranging from street dance to film making, poetry, junk percussion and mixed media arts were followed by a week-long programme during the Easter holidays. The focus was on discouraging secondary school pupils from becoming involved in anti-social behaviour in the area.
Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Dyfed-Powys
Tackling the difficult subject of sexual exploitation was the basis of the partnership with Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch. The company delivered a forum theatre production in Welsh and English in secondary schools in Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion. Dealing with such a sensitive issue, Arad Goch worked closely with the Police Commissioner on the show which has already been seen by almost 3,000 young people and which will tour Wales later this year.