When: Wednesday 13 April 2016, 8.30am – 9.30am

Host: Wales Millennium Centre

Where: Lloyds Bank Enterprise Suite, WMC, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL

Chair: Laura Drane

Reception will be open from 8.15am. Wales Millennium Centre will be the meeting venue for What Next? Cardiff until Wednesday 11 May 2016.

Getting there: Info here:
There are bike racks available at the front and stage door of WMC. The nearest car park is located on Pierhead Street Buses run to Bute Place and Mermaid Quay.

1. Welcome and introductions

2. Updates from Working Groups.
The following working groups were formed at last week’s meeting. Please contact the following lead people if you would like to join any of the below working groups.
• 24 Hour Culture Survey. Lead:Paul Kaynes Aim to take a snapshot survey of culture in Cardiff before the summer recess
European Referendum Culture and Europe – A public debate on the EU referendum through the lens of Culture and the Arts in June 2016. Lead: Geraint Talfan Davies See below for an update and invitation from Creatives4Europe. If you would like to attend the House of Lords event then please do contact:  Creatives4Europe are looking for arts and cultural leaders who receive EU funding to speak about its impact at the House of Lords on the Thursday 14th April event for a few minutes. If you are interested, please do e-mail Matthew (above) and Carole Tongue (
Cardiff: Cultural Conversation Cultural Consortium. This will be as a task group to create a vision and strategy for arts and culture for Cardiff, and to propose a way forward for the proto-consortium. Lead: Laura Drane

2. Manifestos Update. Cardiff University Analysis. Ceri Black

3. The White Paper – A response from Wales? You can download it from: The Cultural Learning Alliance has produced a helpful briefing of the White Paper which does a good job of summarising its pros and cons, noting that the White Paper “fails to adequately address the voluntary and amateur arts and cultural landscape and to make links with key strategies like Our Cultural Commons”. See: There was quite a scathing editorial in The Guardian:

4. Get Creative -further updates re headlines/ stats/ stories, website and a future plan? Marc Rees art commission that ‘appeared’ last weekend Pictures / social media from Get Creative Day: A list of all events that took place:

5. Any other Business

6. Future What Next? meetings
18 May till 22 June – Laura Drane chairing at Chapter
29 June till 27 July – Michael Garvey at BBC NOW
AUGUST – no meetings
Sept onwards TBC for hosts/ chairs (poss: National Museum, Arts & Business Cymru, Cardiff Met/ CSAD, WNO)
“Invitation and Update from Creatives4Europe”
We are planning a launch of the website Creatives4Europe. The website will be ready in a week time. It will feature information about the benefits of EU membership to the UK cultural/arts/creative industry sectors both from a public policy input point of view as well as details about the various relevant funds i.e. Creative Europe/MEDIA programme we benefit from.
14 April (to be confirmed by Baroness Janet Royall)
Venue: House of Lords, sponsored by Baroness Janet Royall
Time: 6 – 8pm
Invitees: From cultural/arts organisations, creative/entertainment trades unions, creative industry organisations”

• Sophie Howe/ Future Generations Commissioner – approached by LHD already
• Neil Hanratty/ Cardiff Council – agreed/ reminder what date? Michael Garvey Welsh Government speaker to talk about its International Engagement Strategy – ACW to follow up
• European Capital Culture 2023/ Natasha Hale
• Cardiff City Region – rep us to them and vice versa
• Making the case to government/ ACW Nick Capaldi
• Commonwealth Games 2026/ Chris Jenkins
• Catrin Pascoe/ Editor Western Mail
• Next WG minister/ deputy minister
• What/ who else?

Also John Kampfner, Chief Executive of the Creative Industries Federation

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? Cardiff website (agendas, members etc):
What Next? UK movement website:
What Next? Twitter:
Cardiff: or @WNCardiff and #wnculture
UK: and #wnculture

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.

What Next? Future Host Venues

6 April to 11 May – Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL

18 May to 22 June – Chapter Arts Centre, 40 Market Rd, Cardiff CF5 1QE

29 June to 27 July – BBC NOW, Bute Place, Cardiff CF10 5AL

August – no meetings

Sept onwards – National Museum and Arts and Business Cymru has offered to host a series of meetings but need to confirm dates.