Members of Youth Arts Network Cymru are working tirelessly with their youth groups and participants throughout Covid-19 lockdown and social distancing.

Youth Arts Network Cymru (YANC) supports and promotes numerous companies and individuals in all corners of Wales.  There is important work still going on across the nation, as outlined by YANC Chair, Miranda Ballin:

“YANC is so proud of the way our members are connecting, collaborating and supporting each other in these difficult times.  We wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate some of the innovative amazing work that is happening.  Please keep in touch and let us know what we can do to support you, we are a voluntary led network and our focus is simple, sharing best practice with the youth arts sector.”

Mess Up The MessEveryman Youth TheatreOperasonicDistrict 14Caerphilly Youth Theatre and Sparc are taking part in Coronavirus Time Capsule project with Company Three

Frân Wen's next production will be created and performed entirely online.  On the 31st of December 2019 the first coronavirus case was confirmed in Wuhan, China… 120960 minutes later and the world is in lockdown.  In 120960 minutes, Frân Wen’s Young Company will share a brand new piece of work that explores this new world.  During these 120960 minutes, the Young Company and a team of professional artists will explore this new world and celebrate humanity through interactive workshops.

Sparc have been busy developing a safe online programme of activities with our young people.  Their activites include weekly youth theatre and film sessions via Zoom, Digital Arts Tutorials and Storytelling on Facebook and YouTube, and weekly dance sessions supported by Afon Community Dance.

Participants from Mess Up The Mess marked 75 years since the end of WW1 with a live performance. They developed a whole programme of online content and entertainment for the day, culminating in a national dance along to We’ll All Meet Again, broadcasting live from Zoom to YouTube and Facebook Live.  Sarah Jones, Artistic Director:

“Our Virtual VE Day broadcast and online flash mob were a big success.  On reflection it’s the sense of connection to community that all of the participants young and old and the team really appreciated.  Knowing we can still find ways if we work together to make art and be part of something.  We are hugely proud of everything achieved, especially the awesome bravery of the young people and we’re grateful for support from across the local community, the youth arts sector and the whole country!”

Raven Drama have set-up ‘Check-in and Chat’ sessions, which are closed group and no charge.  It’s a supported space where students meet, in a relaxed setting, and just chat, share work, or just a chance to listen to others.  Subject focused ‘Zoom Thursday Drama’ sessions also continue to run.

Fio are running the #FioPen2PaperChallenge - an online letter-writing initiative to promote offline mindfulness. Recently featured in BBC Wales Today, the project has gone global, having received letters from Nepal, India and Somaliland. They are also running A New Normal - a fun online web series that explores past, present and future pandemics, created by young people.

Operasonic is working with Linc Cymru and Lliswerry High School to create the Lysaght Virtual Opera, which will bring young singers from Lliswerry High School together virtually to perform the songs they wrote with us earlier on in the year, celebrating the history of the Lysaght Institute in Newport. 

Radio Platfform continues to create podcasts and shows during lockdown and are helping other young people to do the same.  They are producing short instructive tutorials for young people to learn how to create content on their phones.

National Youth Arts Wales are sharing a weekly round-up of the best digital things to see, read and learn, to keep Wales’ talented young singers, actors, dancers and musicians motivated and inspired. The #NYAWOnlinePicks are free for everyone to access on their website and social media channels. With so much content being shared during lockdown, NYAW’s sifted selection gives young people from all over Wales an easily accessible platform to get front row seats on the best international masterclasses, plays, interviews and free courses while keeping everyone updated with the very best from Wales' fantastic arts scene.

Enquiries and interviewsThere is further detail and images in the YANC newsletter here