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Arts Active

The Arts Active Programme based at St David’s Hall, provides access to arts through the provision and development of opportunities for participation, arts education and arts in the community. We take our inspiration from the diverse programmes of St David’s Hall, aiming to encourage people, of all ages, to engage in and enjoy arts activities.

To find out more about the Arts Active Programme, head to the
Arts Active website.

Core Projects

Cardiff Classical Concert Series Extras

With the support of the Arts Council for Wales we run a range of “extras”alongside the Cardiff Classical Concert Series, which add to our audience experience and develop a love of orchestral music in new areas of the community. These include preconcert talks, Classical Roadmap talks, podcasts, schools’ participatory music projects and a young composers’ scheme.

Tiddly Prom

This is our project to introduce our youngest audience members to live music performance. All Tiddly Proms have been specially designed by Arts Active’s creative team for the under 5s and are a great opportunity for young children to experience music interactively, in a creative and fun environment.


At these regular music-making workshops held at St David’s Hall we welcome adults who have numerous special needs. The sessions enable participants to explore and create music in an enjoyable and accessible manner.
Through our Open Orchestra Programme we expand this work into our partner special schools in Cardiff.


The St David’s Hall Gamelan is a complete Javanese percussion orchestra and the only one in Wales. Since its arrival in 1998 thousands of people of all ages has enjoyed playing and listening to it. School groups from across south Wales can take part in lively taster workshops and regular public taster sessions are available. In addition, an enthusiastic community group meets weekly to play these unique instruments.

A2 Criw Celf

This extensive programme supported by the Arts Council of Wales offers young artists a variety of opportunities to work with professional artists, curators, designers, filmmakers etc to gain a broader understanding and greater experience of current visual arts practise. Criw Celf works with young people that are showing particular talent or interest in the visual arts helping them to fully develop their potential.

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