When: 8.30-9.30, Wednesday 8th May 2019
Where: British Council Wales, 1 Kingsway, Cardiff CF10 3AQ (indicated in red on this map)
Getting There: The building is called “One Kingsway” and it’s accessible via the pedestrianised area just off Kingsway. On arrival turn to the left to take the lift or stairs to level two (no need to report to security staff on arrival, though they’ll be happy to direct you if you’re unsure). When you arrive on level two, the door to the British Council office is directly in front of the lift. If you take the stairs, when you reach the level two exit, turn to the right until you reach the door to the British Council office. On arrival press the buzzer to the left of the door to be let into the office.
Refreshments: Tea and coffee will be available
Chair: Mathew Talfan

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. Croeso a chyflwyniadau / Welcome and introductions

2. Speaker: Tracey McNulty, Head of Cultural Services, Swansea Council 

Tracey will provide an overview of Swansea’s recent bid to be UK City of Culture 2021 and we will look at what we might learn from that project as we consider the idea of a new cultural strategy for the capital city of Wales.

3Finding new ways to achieve the What Next? Aim and Guiding Star

Priority setting and future actions for the Chapter – update on action plan for the next 12 months. The three top priorities we are discussing how, when and where and with who are:
 City Region & A Cultural Strategy
– Making The case for Culture & The Arts – A Manifesto
– Creative Learning & the Cultural Sector

Related resources:

Cultural strategy
Leeds Cultural Strategy
Manchester Cultural Strategy
Bristol Cultural Strategy
Cardiff Council Music Strategy full report
Cardiff University/Creative Cardiff/British Council Wales: Mapping Cardiff’s Creative Economy report 2016
Cardiff European Capital of Culture 2008 bid document
British Council’s report on Cities of Literature

Draft Curriculum for Wales: Press announcement
Draft Curriculum for Wales 2022

4. Information sharing and forthcoming events & opportunities 

5. What Next? evening session – this week, 9 May 

In addition to the standard weekly morning What Next? sessions, BBC National Orchestra of Wales and St. David’s Hall are hosting a stand-alone What Next? mtg on Thursday 9 May from 6-7pm in the St Asaph Room at St David’s Hall.

This session offers the opportunity for us to encourage new people to engage with What Next? and is especially targeted at people who find a Wednesday morning difficult. Please help to spread the message by forwarding this information as it would be great if we could recruit some new What Next? attenders. 

If anyone who is able to attend could bring one new person this would be much appreciated. Everyone attending will be given a FREE ticket to the BBC NOW concert at St David’s Hall beginning at 7.30pm . If you’d like to attend please drop an email to suzanne.hay@bbc.co.uk

6.  Future What Next? meetings

15/5/19 –  19/6/19 British Council Wales
26/6/19 –  31/7/19  g39
4/9/19 – 9/10/19  Creative Cardiff, City Hall
16/10/19 – 20/11/19  Arts Council of Wales
27/11/19 – 18/12/19  Ty Cerdd & WMC
8/1/20 – 12/2/20  National Dance Company Wales
19/2/20 – 25/3/20  National Museum Cardiff

Future speakers agreed, but dates to be confirmed

  • Councillor Wilcox Leader of Newport City Council – Cities and Cultural Strategies
  • Gillian Mitchell, Chief Executive, National Youth Arts Wales