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NATIONAL AGENCY OF WALES FOR THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2009     

NATIONAL AGENCY OF WALES FOR THEATRE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE - NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2009
The National Agency for Wales for Theatre for Young People is holding its first National Conference at The Hill Education and Conference Centre in Abergavenny on 18th March.

The Agency was launched in March 2008, quickly followed by a Symposium in July facilitated by the Arts Council of Wales. The Symposium underlined the importance of Creative Entitlement and highlighted key areas in which theatre can play a valuable role. It also highlighted the need for good communication and understanding between the makers of policy affecting children’s access to cultural experiences and those who carry out that practice on the ground.

Theatre in Education in Wales has a vast portfolio of good practice and decades of experience that could be used to influence the development of policy in both cultural and educational arenas. Wales is unique in having a network of eight companies funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Arts Council of Wales. This investment could be even more effective if the good practice and experience developed over more than thirty years was harnessed to influence policy as it is developed, influencing wider education of children and young people.

This Conference seeks to create and consolidate links with policy makers who determine the direction and nature of children’s education to ensure that creativity is at the centre of education for all children and that there is equal access to arts and cultural experiences.
Creative education involves a balance between teaching knowledge and skills, and encouraging innovation. In these ways, creative development is directly related to cultural education. All Our Futures DfEE 1999

The Minister for Heritage, Alun Ffred Jones AM, will address the conference. There will be opportunities to hear speakers from across Wales and beyond, to engage in debate about both artistic and educational policy, and identify ways in which an integrated approach to practice based policy making in Wales could be realised. The conference aims to take this forward by showcasing practice from Wales and beyond to an audience of arts and education practitioners, education policy makers from both elected membership and officers of the National Assembly for Wales and Local Authorities who have responsibility for services for children and young people.

Clwyd Theatr Cymru Theatre for Young People, Cwmni’r Fran Wen, Cwmni Theatr Arad Goch, Gwent Theatre, Spectacle Theatre, Theatr Iolo, Theatr na n’Og, Theatr Powys
 
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