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Next Up Academy

Wales Millennium Centre

5 December 2023 – 5 April 2024




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Next Up Academy

5 December 2023 – 5 April 2024

Wales Millennium Centre


Next Up Academy is a ground-breaking project that infuses elements of hip hop and grime with theatre. 

Next Up Academy at Wales Millennium Centre is a collaborative project in partnership with Fio working with professional emcees, DJs, artistic directors, breakdancers, graffiti artists, and scriptwriters to produce a performance piece exploring issues that are important to young people. 
Over the course of 21 sessions, young people will have the opportunity to engage in masterclasses with the different practitioners to elevate their skills within different art forms associated with Hip hop and grime culture culminating in a performance in our Weston Studio at Wales Millennium Centre on 5 April 2024.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for young creatives, beat-boxers, singers, rappers, dancers and actors aged between 16-25 to join the team, whether an established artist or a new emerging artist. 

We’re working to ensure our creative learning programmes represent a diverse range of people and therefore are particularly interested in hearing from:

  • Young Emerging MOBO Artists
  • Young people of Global Majority
  • Anyone from any other marginalised groups

The facilitators 

Sita Thomas and Tia Camilleri – Co-Directors 

Tumi Williams – Producer/Emcee 

Miaer Lloyd (Excel/Huw Wackman/DMC UK Champion 2023) - DJ

Tommy Boost – Breaker  

Access Requirements

If you require any support completing the registration, or if you have any questions - please email


What if I don’t have experience? Ideally you would have experience in one of the art forms, but it is not essential.

How much does it cost? It’s free. We don’t charge for our courses.

Project dates

Weeks 1–5: Tuesday evenings 6–8pm starting 14 November until 12 December 

Christmas holidays 

Weeks 6–15: Tuesday evenings 6–8pm starting 16 January until 19 March 

Easter sessions: 25–28 March 10–4pm, 2–4 April 10–4pm, 5 April 12–8.30pm 

Presented at

Wales Millennium Centre