Keep Calm and Get Creative

With arts events and activities being put on hold for the forseeable future, the creative community has responded with positivity and
flexibility by offering online activities, entertainment and support networks that people can engage with from home.   

We have started to compile a list of these fantastic initiatives and hope that this is a useful resource for you to maintain your creativity and stay connected during these unprecedented times. 

We hope to continue to build on this list – please let us know about any creative activity you are offering so we can share with others, contact us via Facebook / Twitter or by email:  

Head4Arts Online Activities
Head4Arts’ regular online activities will be taking place via Zoom at the following times:

Celtic Café Intergenerational Music

Wednesdays: 4.30-6pm

Singalong with Ali Shone
Thursdays: 12.30-1.45pm

We would love you to join us – send us a message or contact for details on how to take part.

Head4Arts Online Resources: 
How to make an origami butterfly 
Make a lantern for Earth Hour with Cindy Ward: Part 1, Part 2
Earth Hour story The Library of Life written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams with illustrations by Andy O’Rourke 

Pont Project – Stories released every Tuesday via Facebook Live and available to view on Head4Arts YouTube

Other Online Resources:
(please note that these are not affiliated with Head4Arts – please see individual link for further information) 

Artis Community – providing daily activities

Caerphilly Arts Development – Lockdown Creative Project – an invitation to creatively respond to a theme each week

Jukebox Collective – a programme of online hip hop dance classes, contact for more information

Literature Wales with Tamar Eluned Williams – Story Cauldron / Crochan Stori, a bilingual Home Storytelling Kit for families. 

RCT Theatres – daily activities

 Pili Pala Arts Wales – Over 50’s Dance with Beth Ryland

Fiona’s Energy Moves Online – Nia Dance with Fiona Winter 

Huw Aaron – Daily Welsh Language drawing tutorials for children

Goldies Mini Sing & Smile sessions every Thursday on their Facebook page

I’m Thinking of You Cymru –  A series of artworks commissioned to explore, communicate, or try to make sense of the world as it is right now.

Sofa Stage Wales – Facebook TV Chanel – Regular performances to watch with opportunities for creatives to sign up to contribute 

Upbeat Music and Arts – bang your drum campaign – learn the keyworker samba

Ballet Cymru – Daily online tutorials with company dancers

Louby Lou’s Storytelling 

Storytelling Friday Facebook Page – Hosted by Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival

 Cardiff Animation Festival – Quick Draw Animation Challenge 

Hijinx Online Festival – a free festival of theatre and film

Theatr Iolo – List of free creative resources for children and parents

National Theatre Wales – a new digital programme of work, including play readings and opportunities to create live theatre in digital spaces

Theatr Genedlaethol Cymru – a new programme offering digital Welsh-language cultural experiences

National Theatre at Home – watch NT plays on YouTube. A new play is released every Thursday and available to watch for a week.

Sherman Theatre – Interval, an evolving series of projects designed to promote new writing and support the artistic and freelance community 

National Dance Company Wales – Dance from home  

PHRAME Wales  – Instagram takeovers for photographers 

Creative Cardiff – list of creative resources 

Great British Home Chorus – music group for singers and instrumentalists  
Noel Fielding Art Club   
64 Million Artists #CreatetoConnect – daily creative challenges 

The Sofa Singers  – mass singing group 
Google Arts & Culture – Visit international museums from your home 

Artful resources to keep kids entertained and educated at home  

Whats on Stage – a list of plays, musicals and opera that can be streamed online for free

The Show Must Go On – stream Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals on YouTube. A new musical is released every Friday and available for 48 Hours

Tate Kids – Ideas for art projects at home, view galleries and explore artists

Online Support for the Arts Community 

Arts Council Wales 

Crafts Council Online Support 

Arts Professional Microsite for Covid 19 

Celebrating Earth Hour at Home

Although our Earth Hour events won’t be going ahead as planned this year, there are still plenty of ways that you can mark Earth Hour at home and digitally connect with others to share your support for the planet. 

A key focus of Head4Arts’annual Earth Hour activities is encouraging families and individuals to make a “planet pledge” – a small lifestyle change that you can make to help reduce your impact on the environment.  This could include eating less meat, using your car less, remembering to take re-useable bags when you go shopping or refusing plastic cutlery.  What could your planet pledge be this year?

Why not make your planet pledge into a craft project – you can display it in your home to help you remember what you have promised.  Some ideas include:

*Write your pledge on the wing of an origami butterfly (see our origami butterfly tutorial here)

*Decorate a stone from your garden with your pledge using paint or permanent markers

*Adding your pledge to a lantern (lantern tutorial to be released shortly)

Earth Hour is an annual event where WWF encourages people to turn their lights off to call attention to climate change.  This year, Earth Hour will be taking place between 8.30 – 9.30pm on Saturday 28th March.  Keep an eye on our Facebook page where we will be posting an online tutorial from Cindy Ward showing how you can make a simple lantern which can be used when you join others around the world to switch your lights off during Earth Hour.
We will also be posting a special Earth Hour themed night-time story that is suitable for all ages, written and narrated by Tamar Eluned Williams with beautiful illustrations by Andy O’Rourke.   The story, which has been inspired by ideas contributed by pupils from Bryn Bach Primary School, will be released at 7pm on Saturday 28th March. 

We hope you will be able to take part in any of the above activities.  During these difficult times, we need more than ever to connect with each other and inspire hope for the future.

We would love to see photos of art work you have created, hear what you thought of the story and find out what planet pledges you have made – please post them on our social media pages so we can share them with others.

We would like to thank WWF Cymru for their continued support in funding H4A’s Earth Hour outreach activities and the story development.  

Covid 19

As a result of the ongoing health emergency, Head4Arts has decided that it is everyone’s best interests if we suspend all our community outreach activities until further notice. This also means cancelling our Earth Hour events planned for 28 March.

This does not mean that Head4Arts is not operating. Instead, we will be focusing our energies on reconfiguring our programme to include more online activities and other ways of delivering our work that does not involve face-to-face contact.

We want to find creative ways of filling those long days of social distancing / isolation and also to support the large number of freelance artists who are currently find themselves without any work.

Please follow us on Facebook and keep an eye on our website for more information

You can contact us via email as per usual and our office is still open for the time being. We are following advice from Public Health Wales and if circumstances change, we are able to work from home.                              
01495 357815/6                 

@Head4Arts (Facebook)    @Head4arts (Twitter)

It’s About Time

Head4Arts will be holding free family friendly events to celebrate Earth Hour on Saturday 28th March 2020 at four fantastic locations throughout the eastern Heads of the Valleys area.  Each event will offer a creative exploration of climate change using storytelling, lanterns and butterfly-themed crafts.

These free events which are suitable for all ages will be taking place at Bryn Bach Park, Tredegar, Cyfarthfa Park, Merthyr Tydfil, Blaenavon World Heritage Centre and Library and Penallta Park. 

Earth Hour is a WWF global campaign during which millions of people turn off their lights to raise awareness of climate change.  Earth Hour 2020 will take place between 8.30-9.30pm on 28th March 2020.

Head4Arts activities taking place throughout the day are designed to connect families with Earth Hour and encourage them to switch their lights off for one hour later in the evening to show their shared concern for the planet.  Participants also be invited to pledge one thing they can change to slow down climate change.  

The day’s activities will culminate in a grand finale taking place at Penallta Park.  This evening event will be a unique, time-travelling, interactive experience with spectacular lanterns featuring animals from around the world. 

The theme for this year’s events is It’s About Time, highlighting how climate change is threatening the health of our planet and the wildlife (and humans) that depend on it.  Butterflies have been chosen as the symbol for the events to represent the decline of biodiversity on a local and global scale.  Since 1976, butterflies and moths are among the species that have suffered greatest falls in abundance, with a 52% decline in the average species’ abundance of butterflies being reported in Wales. 

This is the fifth year that Head4Arts has organised events for Earth Hour, Creative Director, Kate Strudwick says

“We are living in a changing world and we hope that our events for Earth Hour 2020 will give families an opportunity to explore climate change in a creative way, and inspire them to embrace the lifestyle changes we will all have to make in future.  Ultimately, addressing climate change and protecting the environment is everyone’s responsibility.”

Listings information for each event

Earth Hour – Parc Bryn Bach Merthyr Rd, Tredegar, NP22 3AY
Saturday 28th March 2020
10am – 12.30pm

Earth Hour – Blaenavon World Heritage Centre & Library
Church Rd, Blaenavon, NP4 9AS
Saturday 28th March 2020
1 – 3pm

Earth Hour – Cyfarthfa Park Brecon Rd, Merthyr Tydfil, CF47 8RE
Saturday 28th March 2020
3pm – 5pm

Earth Hour – Parc Penallta, Penallta Rd, Ystrad Mynach, CF82 7GN
Saturday 28th March 2020
6.45pm – 8.30pm

Keep an eye out for additional information via the website and social media