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Discover the diverse and exciting range of projects Arts Connect are involved in


There are a variety of projects for people to get involved with, topics include:

  • Writing
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Film and Television
  • Skateboarding
  • Dance
  • Circus Skills


Young Writers Squads

Young People's Writing Squads

The Young People's Writing Squads aim to locate gifted young writers - in both English and Welsh - in each authority region and introduce them to some of Wales' leading writers, and teachers of writing.


The Writing Squads have been developed over the past decade by Literature Wales in association with local authorities in Wales.


Writing Squads
Photography Workshop

Being Creatively Active

As part of the Being Creatively Active Project, the four local Authorities worked alongside social services to roll out a series of fun and educational photographic workshops for young people in care.


Alongside the photographic workshops, Arts Connect worked with singing Trio 'Triptych', a three person band consisting of a Cellist, pianist and singer to create a series of visits to Care Home's in the four regions. They are working alongside a reminiscence artist, who will be using music to trigger memories and bring joy to adults with dementia. 

Sonig Youth Music Industry Program

SONIG Youth Music Industry Program

The SONIG programme is unique in Wales, in that it utilises the strengths of the music industry in Wales to support the personal, learning and career development needs of young people with diverse aspirations, skills and backgrounds, who are aged between 8 and 25 and living in Rhondda Cynon Taf and  Bridgend as well as providing opportunities for young people from Merthyr Tydfil and the Vale of Glamorgan.


Our rich and varied programme enables young people to create original music, participate in rock and pop and to learn about and access the music industry and the creative industries. We also support the ongoing development of individuals and bands already involved in the local music scene through workshops, events, music industry seminars, courses and networking opportunities as well as through individual music mentoring and guidance for young people, providing career pathways and signposting opportunities into their chosen fields.

Young Promoters Network

The Young Promoters Network

The Young Promoters Network consists of young people, residing in Arts Connect areas, who are aged between 14-25, with the ambition to create live music events and in the process, promote young emerging acts.


The main objectives of the YPN are to empower young people, by providing them with a new skill-set; building confidence; as well as increasing opportunities within the live music sector. Participants learn what it will take to forge careers within this field of the Creative Industries from a hands-on approach.



The project has been hallmarked as innovative and collaborative by its very nature; there is no model like it which targets young people in Wales.  The enthusiasm and interaction of young people has encouraged its growth. The project is both creative and reactive to its locality - in turn contributing to the growth of the music industry in South Wales.


The project up-skills young people and develops transferable skills in individuals; provides platforms for young emerging talent; and encourages networking opportunities across the region


Young Promoters Network

It's My Shout LogoIt's My Shout

Arts Connect contribute funding to the massively popular 'It's My Shout', who each year produces a series of short films for television and screen. Offering young people and beginners invaluable hands on training and the chance to work alongside industry professionals.


There are numerous positions and departments available to young people and industry beginners where you will be guided by a professional, for example, camera, sound, locations, runners, production assistants, animation, composing, acting, chaperoning, editing, hair & makeup, costume, set design, 2nd AD,  3rd AD, stills photography.


It's My Shout

The Bridgend Mashup

The festival is part of a number of events managed by Bridgend County Borough Council with activity, sports and arts providers throughout the year.


Bridgend Mashup

Activities are aimed at all ages and include:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Table games
  • Light Painting
  • Skate Boarding
  • BMX
  • Street Dance
  • Street Dance
  • Circus Skills
As well as four Music Stages!


The Bridgend Mashup

aDvance Dance

Youth Dance Company with National Youth Arts WalesaDvance Dance logo


aDvance Dance is a new training opportunity for young dancers (14 – 19 years) from Bridgend, Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Merthyr, RCT, Torfaen and the Vale of Glamorgan.


aDvance Youth Dance consists of:  

•is a year-long programme of monthly training days

•is open to young dancers who are already actively engaged with dance in any style (eg. ballet, contemporary, modern, urban styles)

•is open to young dancers, 14 – 19 years

•will focus on contemporary dance technique and skills

•will select up to 20 young dancers

•must be in addition to members regular activity and involvement with local dance classes and youth groups


NYAW website