What Next? Cardiff

When: Wednesday 15th November, 8:30 – 9.30am

Where: Chorus room, Welsh National Opera, via stage door entrance of Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff. Please go to the WMC stage door reception and you will be directed from there. Please note that closed-toe shoes with a sensible heel must be worn at all times on Scenery Street, working within the theatre environment, on stage and in rehearsal rooms. Tea and coffee will be available.

Chair : Leonora Thomson


The purpose of What Next?

Broad aim: to find new ways of engaging with our audience and visitors: the ever-expanding millions who value and take part in the cultural work that happens day-in, day-out up and down this country.

Guiding star: to encourage the people of this country, as individuals and as communities, to see connections between the many different ways art and culture affect and enhance our lives; to urge everyone to register their endorsement of – and pleasure in – their art and culture, especially where these are under threat.

What Next? website and social media

Please note: We want everyone to feel free to ask questions and share their thoughts at What Next? meetings without worrying that they’ll be quoted elsewhere or out of context. It’s generally accepted that no-one reports on the meetings, tweets anything personal or identifiable, or shares any content without checking first with the contributor.


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Discuss Cardiff Wellbeing Plan responses
  3. Creative Learning Through the Arts discussions – Sian James and Diane Hebb
  4. Arts and Health Sally Lewis
  5. Any Other Business


        29 November

  • Sara Pepper: AHRC Creative Industries Cluster Programme
  • NDCW: Audience Agency Responses


Future meetings

  • Suggestion: St Fagans National Museum of History Visit
  • Suggestion: Bethan Jenkins AM – in her role as chair of the Culture, Welsh Language and Communications Committee
  • Suggestion: Lizzie Crump, Creative Learning Alliance
  • Suggestion: UK industrial strategy
  • Suggestion: Councillor Huw Thomas, Leader of Cardiff Council
  • Suggestion: OECD Evaluation


Future What Next? meetings

  • 18 October – 22 November, Welsh National Opera
  • 29 November – 20 December, National Theatre Wales
  • 10 Jan – 14 Feb 2018, Chapter
  • 21 Feb – 28 Mar 2018, British Council Wales