Behind the Platfform focuses on developing and nurturing work and creative industry skills through interaction with professionals and practical experience within the creative industries.

Tooling Up

This twice-yearly programme for young people aged 11-25-years-old focusses on developing practical skills for key backstage roles within the creative industries.

Tooling Up aims to give young people the opportunity to get involved in the behind-the-scenes elements of a production or gig at the centre or further afield.

Digital Learning Journeys

Using the Google Expeditions App we’ve been developing virtual-reality learning journeys – interactive, self-directed learning experiences.

These are accompanied by robust teacher lesson plans to aid digital learning and enable exploration of the roles and processes involved in the creation of a show, back in the classroom.

Tiger Bay Tales

Our digital storytelling project involves an interactive bilingual walking App linked to a series of blue plaques dotted around the Tiger Bay area using the latest iBeacon technology.

The project aims to preserve the legends, and the way of life of old Tiger Bay and Butetown, by collecting and recording stories and historical anecdotes from local residents. Download the Tiger Bay Tales App and visit our touch table inside the centre.

Breakin’ the Bay

Our biannual festival in the Bay has been running since 2000 and showcases the best of hip-hop and urban arts from the local, national and international scene.

This weekend event presents high quality breakin’ and street dance battles, alongside exhibitions, live graffiti, deejaying, emcee performances, cyphers, beatboxing and skating.

There’s also a host of workshops and sessions around dance, producing, remixing, skateboarding and half-pipe demonstrations.

During Festival of Voice, Breakin’ the Bay becomes a core part of the event, showcasing amazing talent such as: Four Owls, Free Wize Men and DJ Jaffa, Levi, Asha Jane and Wonky Tree.

Rawfest

RawFfest is a youth arts festival for Wales that is fun, innovative and surprising. It is planned and programmed by young people for young people.

RawFfest showcases the best of youth arts today and will take place in it’s 3rd year at Wales Millennium Centre in April 2019. Festival partners include Wales Millennium Centre, Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC), Newport Live, Venue Cymru and A2 Connect.

RSC Champion Schools Project

In 2018 we’ll be working with the Royal Shakespeare Company to deliver the Champion Schools Project in Cardiff.

By collaborating with local schools in deprived areas of the city, we’ll enable more children from disadvantaged backgrounds to participate in the project and benefit from the expertise of the RSC.

Pupils and teaching staff at Cardiff West Community High School, Herbert Thompson Primary School and Millbank Primary School in Ely, will learn the practical skills needed to create their own versions of Matilda.

Partnerships

Partnerships are at the heart of everything we do and deliver our learning and engagement mission to improve the lives of young people through access to the arts.

In 2018 we launched our first major strategic partnership in the Valleys and we continue to work with a range of key partners across all of our core platform programmes spanning the arts, education, third sector, health, social care and the creative industries.

Together Stronger with Valleys Kids

We’ve been working collaboratively with Valleys Kids in the Rhondda Valley to develop a creative and strategic partnership over the last few years. This partnership sees Sparc working closely with the Creative Learning team for the benefit of young people in the area.

With the support of funders, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, we have a two-year grant to develop our artistic practice collaboratively with young people including activities such as taster workshops in the Rhondda community and family hubs, artists hubs, life hacks and Radio Platfform.

This long-term commitment also aims to improve our own working practices here at the Centre and to extend and adapt elements of our core programme to be present in the valleys.

The Fostering Network

As part of our Performance Platfform programme, we are working closely with The Fostering Network on a series of performing arts workshops, which aim to develop confidence, resilience and the wellbeing of the young people involved.

By exploring various genres within the performing arts in a safe and comfortable environment, our goal is for the young people involved to develop powerful life skills. Activities include putting on a sharing event for their foster families.

Media Academy Cardiff

Having worked together on various projects over the past few years, we’re delighted to be working with award winning young person’s voluntary organisation Media Academy Cardiff (MAC) on an open theatre project called In the Bay, funded by Arts Council Wales.

A project for 16-26 year-old's will focus on removing barriers for life through the arts by providing young people with the opportunity to participate in weekly workshops and ongoing mentoring.

They will also develop arts and backstage skills and work towards a collaborative performance at Wales Millennium Centre with the potential for future employment in the arts.