Wales Arts Review

Speaking Up, Speaking Out

Celebrating Tomorrow’s Writers and Artists

Where: The Riverfront, Newport NP20 1HG

When: Saturday October 6th 11am – 6pm

Booking: Tickets for this event are free and lunch is provided to all participants aged 14 – 25. Please contact [email protected] to reserve your place.

Want to unleash your creativity? Thinking about a career in the arts or media? Want to tell people about the artists, films, music and drama that inspires you?

Wales Arts Review invites young writers, performers, artists and musicians to take part in a day of workshops and lively discussions for people aged 14 – 25. Speaking Up, Speaking Out is also for youth arts and disability arts practitioners, students, young critics and bloggers.

Take this opportunity to share your passion for the arts, and learn how you can work with professional writers and artists to develop your creative voice.

Speaking Up, Speaking Out is supported by Youth Arts Network Cymru, Taking Flight Theatre Company and the Riverfront, and by a Sharing Together grant from Arts Council Wales.

Access: Speaking Up, Speaking Out is for everyone. The venue is wheelchair accessible and welcomes any form of chair or mobility aid. BSL interpreters will be available. Please contact Wales Arts Review to notify organisers about your requirements prior to the event.

Follow The Thread

Dyslexia Awareness Day

Thursday 4th October

Riverfront, Newport, NP20 1HG


Follow the Thread as we continue to bring awareness and understanding to the effervescent and sometimes obtuse world of dyslexia through making.

Dyslexia Awareness Day 4th October, Newport’s launch into Dyslexia Awareness Week 2018 – 6.30pm at the Riverfront Gallery.

This is a self funded event and a continuation of exploration and research into dyslexia – bringing awareness and support for those who think differently.

For more information please follow the thread below:

Mid Wales Opera @ The Riverfront Newport

On Friday 16 March, Mid Wales Opera will be presenting a BSL-interpreted performance of Eugene Onegin at The Riverfront.




Although complemented by Tchaikovsky’s breathtaking music, the story of Eugene Onegin stands on its own as a thrilling piece of theatre: Pushkin’s compelling and heartbreaking tale is a stunning exploration of love, death, life and convention. You can find out more about the production here:

This BSL performance will be MWO’s second – having presented a BSL-interpreted performance of Handel’s Semele in Cardiff last year – and will be signed by Julie Doyle.

Theatr Iolo


Theatr Iolo is delighted to invite submissions from emerging artists to be part of the third and final year of Platfform, our artist development programme. This year, it’s all about families…

We are inviting submissions for two residency opportunities and are thrilled to be continuing our collaboration with The Welfare, Ystradgynlais ( and The Riverfront                 ( in Newport.

We are inviting submissions from theatre-makers (devisers, directors, writers, musicians, poets, spoken word artists, game-makers, puppeteers, story-tellers, comedians, live artists –the list goes on), organisations and partnerships interested in exploring and devising a new idea with and for families.

“Plattform has allowed us as artists and theatre makers the chance to form a stronger bond with Welsh venues. It has challenged our practice and given us the time and space to explore the world of theatre for children and young people. Platfform has opened doors we never knew existed!”

Tin Shed Theatre Company, Platfform artists year 2

Full information, including who we’re looking for, how to apply and what to do if you want to have a chat with us first can be found by clicking here:

The deadline for applications is Friday 11th August at midday. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 5th September.

RawFfest Gwylgrai

RawFfest Website

RawFfestThe RawFfest website has been launched and is available at   or

The first Youth Arts Festival for Wales is taking place at the Riverfront, and other venues in Newport,

from August 18th – 21st.

There will be a wide variety of performances, workshops and events and it should be a great experience for

14 -25 year olds.

We will be sending you details 0f the programme when we have it but further details are on their website.

The Riverfront, Newport

A Boy Growing Up by Rodney Bewes

Drama/Talk – Venue: Theatre
Date: Thu 28 Feb 2013, 19:30

Veteran comic actor, Rodney Bewes, brings a selection of powerfully moving readings and reminiscences from the short stories of Dylan Thomas, in A Boy Growing Up.
The stories are alternately evocative and comic, and the power of the legendary poet’s elegantly rolling prose sentences shine through in Bewes’ striking delivery.
Tickets for this performance are £14, or £11 with reductions.

Also, to celebrate the Patron-Saint of Wales, we’ll be offering a very special St David’s Day menu in our café today and on Friday 1 March!

Box Office: 01633 656757