Engage to Change

New Website

Learning Disability WalesEngage to Change have recently launched their new website – http://www.engagetochange.org.uk/

The Engage to Change project is currently running across the whole of Wales to support young people aged 16-25 with a learning disability and/or autism into paid work placements lasting 6-12 months.

We aim to help 1000 of these young people achieve their full potential by developing experience and transferable skills in the workplace through a person-centred approach which will give them further opportunities and enable them to compete in the labour market. To do this we are working with 800 employers over five years, offering job coaching and employment support to both young person and employer.

This project is made possible through funding from the Big Lottery Fund in partnership with Welsh Government. Please visit the new website for further information.

Edinburgh Festival

Applications now open for Emerging Producers Development Programme

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society, with support from the British Council, have opened applications for this year’s Emerging Producers Development Programme.  

This is a unique creative and professional development programme, specifically designed for early career UK-based producers.  The programme offers emerging producers the chance to widen their professional networks and develop their contacts and knowledge by engaging with the world’s largest arts market at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe; offering an exceptional opportunity to enrich their ongoing career development.

The programme was established in 2012, in acknowledgement of the huge professional development opportunity that the Fringe can offer, and has seen over 40 freelance producers benefit from the scheme since its inception.  Past participants have praised the programme as ‘a great opportunity to make new connections’ and ‘a wonderful, supportive, networking week. I saw some amazing work and gained some really valuable information.’  This year the programme turns six years old, coinciding with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe’s 70th anniversary as the world’s largest arts festival and greatest forum for freedom of expression.

The programme runs over the final week of the Fringe (21st – 27th August) and helps emerging producers explore a wider range of work being presented at the Fringe, attend professional development events aligned with their interests and seek advice from experienced performing arts professionals. 

The programme is open to UK-based independent producers working across all disciplines and genres of the performing arts. The Fringe Society and the British Council are committed to accessibility and ensuring that the Emerging Producers Development Programme attracts as diverse a range of participants as possible. We welcome applications from those with additional access requirements. For more information about the programme, please go to the Emerging Producers pages on the website.  

The deadline for applications is 17:00 on 15 May 2017.  


For further details please contact Eliza Scriven Arts Industry Coordinator

[email protected]

t: +44 (0) 131 226 0020

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society Ltd
180 High Street
United Kingdom

The 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe runs from 04 – 28 August.
For information on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Society go to www.edfringe.com.

RawFfest 2017

Venue Cymru Hosts Youth Arts Festival

Tickets have been released for RawFfest, the new youth arts festival, which will take place at Venue Cymru and other locations in Llandudno from 17 to 20 August 2017. This is the first time this festival has taken place in North Wales.

The core programme has just been announced and lives up to the reputation established in the festival’s inaugural year as original, quirky and daring.

RawFfest will bring the very best of theatre, music, art and film being created by young people today, from punk poetry to environmental art.

“The important thing about RawFfest is that it is for young people by young people. It is an explosion of art, circus, craft, dance, fashion, film, literature, photography, spoken word, and theatre.”

“Young people are creating an amazing festival where workshops, performances and ‘happenings’ take place over four days. Grab your ticket now to stay over and take part in the festival!”    – Rowen Kimpton, Youth Representative

 The festival is for young people aged 14 to 25 years-old. A Festival Weekend Pass is available for £50 with accommodation packages starting at £15 for the lucky first few purchasers. Day tickets are £20 and £10.

RawFfest tickets are available to purchase at:


and early bird accommodation at https://venuecymru.co.uk/whats-on/RawFfest-Accommodation-Voucher/80725/booktickets.html

Take a peak at our initial programme here http://www.rawffest.wales/programme

Sherman Theatre

How My Light Is Spent

by Alan Harries


16 – 27 May


Concessions: £2 off
Under 25s: Half price

Captioned performance: Fiday 26th May 7:45 pm

From the writer of Love, Lies and Taxidermy, this Welsh Premiere of How My Light Is Spent is a funny, hopeful play about loneliness, longing and being left behind.


Box Office: 029 2064 6900

NHS Centre for Equality and Human Rights

We’ve Got Talent Event

Save the date!

Thursday 18th May 2017

9:15am – 4:30pm

Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay,

CF10 5AL

Public Health Wales Centre for Equality and Human Rights are holding an event to increase awareness of the employability of disabled people in the public health sector.

The day will include presentations and workshops from UCAN, Jonny Cotsen, Hijinx, Poet Patrick Jones, Joe Powell from All Wales People First, Learning Disability Wales, Stonewall Cymru, Equality and Human Rights Commission and others.

Further details and how to book will be sent out as soon as possible.


Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC)

Casgliad 2017

Building the future for youth arts in Wales

Saturday 13th May

Grand Pavilion, Spa Road, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5EY

Registration 10am. Event 10.30 – 5.30pm

Optional evening social 7 – 10pm

YANC is an organisation that brings together professionals delivering across the youth sector in Wales to share best practice and resources.

Casgliad 2017 welcomes youth arts practitioners, emerging artists, students and anyone interested in a vibrant future for this essential sector.

Tickets: £5 – £60 Join YANC for event discounts 

Visit www.yanc.co.uk

Email:[email protected]


Audio Description Training

There are still a few places left on the Audio description training course at –

Chapter, Market Road, Cardiff on Wednesday May 10th

9.30am – 5pm

To book go to: http://audiodescriptioncardiff.eventbrite.co.uk

Cost: £45 plus £3.14 booking fee including lunch

The training will be led by Zoe Partington and Louise Fryer, both highly experienced Disabled trainers. Zoe is a Disabled artist and trainer who has many years of working with Galleries and Museums across the World, developing the inclusion of Blind and partially sighted people. Dr. Louise Fryer is a teaching fellow at University College London (UCL) and the author of: “An Introduction to Audio Description: A practical guide.”

DAC News

Donal Toolan

It is with great sadness that we have heard of the death this week of Donal Toolan. Donal was a leading Irish disability rights activist, actor, broadcaster and journalist. He was the founder and co-ordinator of the Forum of People with Disabilities and was hugely respected in Ireland as a deeply committed advocate for legislation on disability rights. It is because Donal was a great actor that made him well known in this country. He performed with Graeae Theatre Company in Jenny Sealey’s production of ‘Bent’ in 2004. In 2007 he attended the Cardiff launch of Arts & Disability Ireland’s ‘Face On’ a publication edited by Kaite O’Reilly. Donal spoke with passion and humour about the importance of disability arts, he was a wise and witty man who will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with his family and friends in Ireland.

National Theatre Wales

Creative Development Assistant

National Theatre Wales 2National Theatre Wales is seeking to appoint an experienced, highly motivated and energetic individual for the following vacancy:

Creative Development Assistant

You will be responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of the Creative Development Framework, NTW’s ambitious and nationally significant model, which supports and develops the creation of new artistic ideas and artists.

Salary: £21,000 pro rata

Term: Part Time – Three-year, Fixed term contract

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all backgrounds. Applications can be received in English or Welsh.

Deadline: Monday 15th May, 5pm

Interviews: Monday 22nd May  

For further information on how to apply, a job description and person specification in English or Welsh please visit our website.