University students from in and around Cardiff worked closely with pupils ages 16-18 to put on Cardiff Gig-Arts. The event was hosted by Cardiff University’s Enterprise Team as part of Careers and Employability at The Sherman Theatre in Cathays on Wednesday 12th November 2014.
The Cardiff Gig-Arts Event saw a dynamic day of creative enterprise and ‘giving back.’ Participants explored their creative talents, gained confidence and performed in a live stage show. To give back, the students created artworks to showcase around the University. Special guests from the community were invited to enjoy watching the Gig-Arts Stage Show, which was held in the afternoon.
Co-organizer and Cardiff University Enterprise Officer Taren Youngs, said: "The event gave Higher Education Students the chance to work alongside University students, to build enterprise skills and perform for an audience - It's unique way to communicate an important message."
Abbie Cooke, Co-Founder of Gig-Arts, Speaker, Artist and Social Entrepreneur, said: “It was wonderful to inspire the young artists and musicians in Wales. They are keen to develop their creative enterprise skills and want to give their time and talent to help their local community. This is a golden example of Cardiff's young leaders of tomorrow in action.”
Dylan Bellis from Y Pant Comprehensive School said afterwards: "It was phenomenal! I thought the chance to learn about team management, public speaking and organising myself was brilliant! The whole thing was terrific!"
The community outreach for the Gig-Arts Event is also considerable. In addition to putting on their show for the community, the participating students collaborated to create pieces of art made from re-cycled materials which will be on show at Cardiff University.