An exciting week devoted to the arts and how to inspire and educate the children and young people of Wales came to a thrilling climax with a Youth Arts Showcase.
As part of the celebrations the outstanding concert was presented in collaboration with Rhondda Cynon Taf’s Youth Arts Strategic Partnership and featured performances in dance, live music, theatre, poetry and short films by young people from the County Borough.
Cllr Robert Bevan, Rhondda Cynon Taf Cabinet Member for Sustainable Development, Leisure & Tourism, who attended the event said: “Thanks to this special week and excellent Showcase concert, gifted young people from the County Borough have taken advantage of receiving excellent support and advice as they begin to make informed decisions about their futures and whether a career in the arts is something they are hoping for.
“The project was about signposting these young people into further opportunities in the art world as well as providing them with future bespoke workshops, masterclasses, courses and mentoring experiences in their chosen field.”
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cultural Services hosted the Youth Arts Week as part of the Park & Dare Theatre’s Centenary Celebrations, to showcase the arts and celebrate the artistic talents of children and young people.
The week offered a unique opportunity for children and young people to come and see the theatre and what the arts have to offer.
The week included a Creative Choices Day, in collaboration with Creative & Cultural Skills, where local secondary school pupils found out about different career opportunities in the theatre sector through a series of practical workshops. This was followed by a Youth Arts Open House Day opening the doors of the 100 year old theatre exclusively to primary school pupils from the surrounding area.
There were virtual tours and opportunities to take part in an array of exciting arts activities to learn all about the world of the arts, including careers advice for those young people interested in working within the creative industries.
Guest speakers and professionals from the arts world were on hand running taster workshops and demonstrations, giving everyone an opportunity to try out some new activities, including dance, script writing, performing for theatre, and technical lighting and sound.
The aim of the week was to celebrate Youth Arts and to listen directly to young people about their views on the arts and participate in activities and events.
Other highlights included a sell-out concert with Only Boys Aloud supported by young singer-songwriters from Rhondda Cynon Taf’s SONIG Collective, and the performance of two songs composed by the Choir with Amy Wadge, Jessie Jenkins and Matthew Frederick during a recent residency at Dare Valley Country Park.