We are the national arts centre for Wales nurturing creativity across the country. We fire imaginations with free community and youth programmes – raising aspirations, enhancing skills, and making the arts accessible to all.
We also mentor and develop talent, produce our own acclaimed shows, and bring world-class touring productions to Wales. Despite the current circumstances, we continue with this work online, and with your help, we’ll restart in person as soon as we’re able to.
Wales needs creativity now more than ever. If you can, please consider supporting us.
Becoming a member, donating, naming a seat and leaving a gift in your will are all ways you can help us bring joy and creativity to people’s lives, as well as help secure our future. If you’d like to support one of the projects listed below then please do get in touch – we’d love to chat: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUPPORTING YOUNG PEOPLE
Through a variety of projects, we help raise the aspirations of young people in Wales whatever their circumstances. Our projects help the next generation unlock their potential and develop creative skills essential to their personal, social, and economic wellbeing.
Radio Plattform is our youth-led radio station and training programme that gives young people a platform to build their confidence, find their voice and express themselves.
"Being part of Radio Platfform has completely changed my life. It’s changed the direction I’m going in, my career prospects… it’s literally changed everything."
Molly Palmer, Radio Platfform Station Coordinator
Over the course of seven weeks, participants learn about all aspects of radio production and present their own live radio shows on topics that are important to them. The programme helps build skills for employment, further training and personal development and is accredited in partnership with Promo Cymru and The Prince's Trust.
In 2019-20, over 200 young people took part in Radio Platfform: 49 participants for the accredited training; 142 in outreach training; and 18 created and broadcasted shows as part of our Radio Platfform family. Currently we broadcast 24 shows a week, with an average of 1,250 listens a month.
Creative Voice is a unique six-week programme offering young people a platform to explore their interests, express themselves, build creative confidence and share their narrative through practical learning.
From creative writing to filmmaking and radio production, the course provides the space to learn, make and create, in line with our goal to raise the aspirations of every young person in Wales.
“This is such a brilliant opportunity…I have so much more confidence.”
Ioan, Together Stronger participant
11–25-year-olds are invited to join taster workshops for drama, singing, circus skills and more; work behind the scenes on professional theatre productions; and work with industry professionals for a ‘Life Hack’ day.
WORKING WITH COMMUNITIES
Audiences and communities are at the heart of everything we do. We work to ensure that anyone and everyone can access our shows and activity through community ticketing, accessible performances and by developing work for new audiences.
Through our community ticketing scheme, we connect with those who wouldn’t normally engage in the arts and offer low price tickets. We do this by working closely with local communities, partner organisations and our community ambassadors.
We give communities the opportunity to plan and curate their own events in our public spaces and to perform at signature events like Festival of Voice. We give them a platform to tell stories about themselves, their histories, and cultures.
Throughout the year we also host community-led exhibition projects, bringing people together and offering them an opportunity to present their creative work.
Our current project, Voices of Change, is a large, community exhibition, giving everybody an opportunity to present artwork in any form, reflecting their hope for the future after the pandemic. The exhibition will fill our public spaces when we’re able to reopen.
OUR OWN PRODUCTIONS
As well as presenting and curating the best touring work, we create our own productions, festivals and events which entertain, stimulate, and inspire our audiences at home and further afield. In our mission to nurture talent, we also offer a platform to local artists to support their journey in the industry.
We make our own thought-provoking theatre productions celebrating Wales in all its diversity. So far, we have successfully produced/co-produced 14 shows and we have a feast of mid-to large-scale productions in development to share with audiences over the next five years.
"A phenomenal tour-de-force...a piece that will, no doubt, be enduringly popular with a huge cross-section of attendees because of its wide-ranging reach and high-quality writing and acting."
Disability Arts Cymru on The Beauty Parade
Jennifer Lunn received the Popcorn Writing Award 2020 for her play Es and Flo, a story about “celebrating a diverse and intersectional group of women.” “Thanks to Wales Millennium Centre for their unstinting support of this production.”
We have created a supportive environment for artists to explore their ideas, test concepts and create new culture-defining work. We also provide hands-on training associated with our productions which develops skills for work and clear career pathways for new voices and young people in Wales.
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