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A2: Arts Active

The team behind the popular education, community and audience engagement programmes at the St David's Hall and New Theatre.

Education, community and audience engagement

Taking inspiration from the diverse programme's of St David's Hall & the New Theatre and using them as a powerful catalyst for creative endeavors, we aim to encourage people, from the youngest to oldest, to engage in and enjoy arts activity.

w: artsactive.org.uk
e: artsactive@cardiff.gov.uk
t: 029 2087 8570
Twitter: @artsactive / Facebook: /artsactive


Cardiff Gamelan

Cardiff Gamelan is our community ensemble who meets regularly to play the beautiful Javanese Gamelan based here at St David's Hall. Cardiff Gamelan's repertoire includes both traditional Javanese and western compositions for gamelan. The group welcomes new members to join this mixed ability group, regardless of previous experience.

If you would like to know more contact Arts Active:
t: 029 2087 8574
e: artsactive@cardiff.gov.uk
w: www.artsactive.org.uk

Schools Gamelan Taster Workshops

Gamelan is a fun; stimulating experience with an important role to play in music education at all levels. Our gamelan sessions address many of the concepts in the music curriculum for key stage 1, 2 and 3. Gamelan not only delivers ‘music of other cultures' effectively, but can also contribute to music teaching in other ways giving the opportunity to use new sounds and respond to music individually and as a class.

Taster workshops are available term time throughout the year.

If you would like to know more contact Arts Active:
t: 029 2087 8574
e: Rhian.workman@cardiff.gov.uk
w: artsactive@cardiff.gov.uk


Soundworks is a regular music-making workshop at St David’s Hall for people who have numerous special needs. The sessions are attended by adults with a variety of physical and learning difficulties, and enable participants to explore and create music in an enjoyable and accessible manner. During the sessions the fundamental building blocks of music are explored. This is achieved simply through music with little talking or instruction, with an emphasis on enjoyment. The participants all require varying degrees of assistance from their care workers and so the workshops also provide an opportunity for carers to develop skills in using music to build up their clients’ levels of social interaction, communication skills and confidence. New members are welcome at any point during the term.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Do you offer Work Experience?

We are sorry but we are not arranging any work experience places or work placements at this time due to St David’s Hall and the New Theatre undergoing operational and staffing reorganisation.  We wish you well in looking for a suitable placement and will update this text when the programme is up and running again.



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