To ensure anyone can access the arts, whatever their circumstance or taste, we collaborate with communities, young people and audiences to create programmes and ways of operating that welcome all.
Watch a film about our community programme:
This is our ‘pay what you can’ ticketing scheme, which allows us to give people who wouldn’t normally have a chance to engage in the arts the same opportunities as those who attend and engage frequently. For every performance in the Donald Gordon Theatre we offer Croeso Tickets to community groups and networks so world-class theatre can be enjoyed by anyone; over 3,200 people accessed seats for less last year. For Llais, our international annual festival, we pledged to offer 1,000 free or subsidised tickets so more music fans could enjoy our eclectic programme.
‘...traditionally musical theatre in a large venue is seen by our community to be upper class and quite intimidating – so this has really made me feel welcome’
Croeso Tickets attendee
Accessible performances and spaces
All our spaces are fully accessible and aim to be actively inclusive – from blue badge parking to relaxed performances and gender-neutral toilets in our Cabaret space or the voices and language you hear on our Tannoy system – we are working to constantly improve our offering, so everyone feels able to engage with us.
We are also developing our public spaces so they can be shared and used by more people. This includes Ffwrnais, our large café-bar which is used by many community groups and individuals to meet and co-work in a safe, warm and connected environment, and by local artists to showcase their work; Cabaret, our new home for eclectic and diverse talent and inclusive space for audiences and performers; and Platfform, spaces led by young people for young people which are currently being developed and co-created.
Creative opportunities and experiences
Audiences and community are at the heart of what we do; we find new ways to engage with our local and national communities, and we also embed their diverse voices in the foundation of our programme. From hosting cultural celebrations to ensuring local artists have a platform to be heard, find out about the creative experiences we stage in collaboration with artists and communities.
Another way we ensure that the creative arts is more accessible is by offering free training, events and workshops for young people who may not usually have access to these opportunities in everyday life. Find out about our creative opportunities and spaces.