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Festy

A celebration of Valleys art, music, theatre, business and community.

Festy is an event which takes place in Rhondda Cynon Taf every other year.
 
The first Festy - “Festyrefail” - took place in Tonyrefail in 2016. The next Festy will be held in 2018 - location to be announced soon!

Festys host many artistic and community activities; from comedy nights to litter picking, to interactive visual art to dog shows by Friends of the Animals RCT. Festys also host regeneration activities; for Festyrefail, this was a bus stop painting task, where the local schools and the local WI designed images to deocarte bus stops in Tonyrefail and Coedely. This project was led by Claire Louise Prosser. 


Classes

Avant have been running performing arts classes since September 2015. Avant practice constructivism, which means the children are given opportunities to perform alongside us in professional work. 

In the classes we teach dance and drama skills and we are often working towards a production or event where the children can showcase their newly developed skills. Students can also work towards an Arts Award, a Trinity College London accredited qualification, where Gold level is the equivelant of a GCSE.

Get in Touch to find out more hello@avant.cymru 

Workshops

Avant can run workshops for everyone in the community.

We have run workshops for people of all ages, from children to over-50s, teaching a range of skills, from script writing to breakin’, storytelling to filmmaking.  

Recently we have been working with people not in education and employment to build confidence. We are also working with groups in local care homes as part of Age Cymru’s Gwanwyn Festival, and we are currently working with the community to develop 'Forget Me Not', a show based on facts and stories, remembering the soldiers of the valleys from WWI. 

Internships

As part of our Blue Scar R&D funded by Arts Council Wales and supported by RCT Theatres, we were able to offer an internship to Natasha Dawkes from Falmouth University. Natasha was able to take part in rehearsals, attend meetings, meet the community and help with admin. Find out about her first week on her vlog here:

We'd love to offer more internships, our next production is the WWI show 'Forget Me Not' in January. Get in touch if you'd like to find out more. 


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