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Three-year project aims to help communities re-engage with the democratic process

National Theatre Wales is inviting proposals from across south Wales for the second event in its Big Democracy Project. The project explores how art and creativity can play a part in helping communities across Wales re-engage with the democratic process. 01 Dec 2014

Three-year project aims to help communities re-engage with the democratic process

What are the important political issues that affect your community and Wales as a whole? NTW want to hear from groups, individuals or organisations that want to work with them to create an Assembly in your area that looks at an issue that you are passionate about.

The closing date for proposals for the south Wales Assembly is Monday 5th January 2015.

Issues explored could include austerity measures, immigration, climate change, education, or questions that appear less frequently in the news. Crucially, the emphasis will be on action - what can each of the four communities do to move us closer to the Wales we want?

The online vote for the preferred proposal will be held between 12th and 26th of January 2015. The south Wales Assembly will be held on Friday 13th March 2015.

For the first year of the The Big Democracy Project, National Theatre Wales is working in north, south, mid and west Wales, hosting Assemblies as before, but focusing on how we can create the Wales we want, and examine local political issues with a national, or even global relevance. Each Assembly includes performances by local artists and debates among the audience on political issues.

The south Wales event will be the second of four regional Assemblies. The first took place in Bangor on 4th October 2014, after proposals were put forward from across north Wales. Bethesda-based poet Martin Dawes put forward the idea of exploring Voter Apathy.

The Big Democracy Project is supported by the Rayne Foundation.

Creative Associate Gavin Porter said: "With the general election fast approaching, the Big Democracy Project is a great opportunity to hear the voice of south Wales. I’d love to hear ideas from anybody who is passionate about their community – not only artists or activists but anyone who wants to explore how politics affects them."

More information about The Big Democracy Project, including guidelines and information on how to submit a proposal can be found here.

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