So what is Project Fio?

Project Fio is a pilot project which is being funded by Arts Council Wales and is being devised and facilitated by Youth of Creative Arts (YOCA).

YOCA is the theatre company of Abdul Shayek (who has just finished as Creative Associate at NTW) which focuses on working with young people and Project Fio is it's first Wales based project.

Project Fio is for young people aged 13 to 19 living or in education in Cardiff who wouldn't usually engage with the performing arts whether for economic, social or cultural reasons. 

The aim of the project is to find out about the barriers they face and look at ways in which we can break them and change the existing perceptions the young people may already have about theatre and performance through practical activity.

Through Project Fio we want to communicate to young people the careers that exist within the industry, that they may not be aware of, such as Directing, Producing, Marketing, Technical Management . . . and to show them the different routes they can take to attain them.

Our Skills Development Workshops launch next week in Youth Centres across Cardiff, and so we are trying to spread the word about the project to as many young people as possible, so if you know of anyone or any groups who you think would be interested it'd be great if you could spread the word about Project Fio.

Thanks to Arts Council Wales all Project Fio activity is FREE.


We are running fortnightly Skills Development Workshops in: Performance, Spoken Word, Stage Design, Dance and Movemen Creative Theatre Producing and Promoting.


And these are happening at:

Dusty Forge Centre, 6pm – 8pm, Tuesdays:







Butetown Pavilion, 7pm – 9pm, Thursdays:







St Mellon's Youth Centre, 6pm – 8pm, Wednesdays:







Cathays Community Centre, 6.30pm-8.30pm, Thursdays:




These workshops are leading up to a 3-week Summer School, which will focus more widely on the different careers in the performing arts, from the 12 to 30 of August 2013. More details will follow about this.


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Comment by abdul shayek on June 10, 2013 at 19:55

This week 'Project Fio'  workshops take place at St Mellon's Youth Centre from 6pm-8pm and then Cathays Youth Centre 6:30pm-8:30pm delivering workshops on Set Design, Script writing, Story telling and Lyric writing.  Whilst also delivering taster workshops on Wednesday and Friday at Cardiff High.  Come and check it out!

Comment by abdul shayek on June 4, 2013 at 23:56

Hey you guys - I got a little quite after my contract expired at NTW!

This was due to various things including personal projects and ideas which needed some attention- however the full focus turns to 'Project Fio' (Latin for belonging). Aptly named and thought up to encourage people from all walks of life to engage with the world of theatre and performance.  Theatre shouldn't be consigned to people who can readily access it, we all have a story to tell, come and join us to tell your story.

If you don't want to tell a story, theatre can provide other opportunities, why not come and explore to find out where and what your interests are!

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