The Agency, and how to adapt to the new normal / The Agency, a sut i addasu i'r norm newydd

The Agency is a creative entrepreneurship programme for young people aged 15-25, from the Butetown, Riverside and Grangetown areas of Cardiff with ideas that need to happen. We provide training, support, funding and advice from industry professionals, to develop passions into a project that benefits local communities. 

The programme is led by our Agency Coordinator, Gavin Porter, a film and theatremaker from Butetown, Cardiff.

Read more from Gavin about how the Agents have adjusted over the last few weeks, and particularly their focus on connecting with fellow Agents in Brazil around action and response to Covid-19 in the favelas and the fundraising they need to do, to support people living there.


Mae The Agency yn rhaglen entrepreneuriaeth greadigol i bobl ifanc 15-25 oed o ardaloedd Butetown, Glanyrafon a Grangetown yng Nghaerdydd â syniadau sy'n rhaid eu gwireddu. Rydym yn darparu hyfforddiant, cefnogaeth, cyllid a chyngor gan weithwyr proffesiynol y diwydiant, i ddatblygu angerdd yn brosiect sydd o fudd i gymunedau lleol.


Arweinir y rhaglen gan ein Cydlynydd Agency, Gavin Porter, gwneuthurwr ffilm a theatr o Butetown, Caerdydd.


Darllenwch fwy gan Gavin am sut mae'r Asiantau wedi addasu dros yr wythnosau diwethaf, ac yn arbennig eu ffocws ar gysylltu gyda chyd-asiantau ym Mrasil ynglŷn â gweithredu ac ymateb i Covid-19 yn y favelas a'r codi arian y mae angen iddynt ei wneud, i gefnogi pobl sy'n byw yno.


"Just before the lockdown our Agents had been working on their projects for eight weeks. They had developed a plan, budget and schedule for delivering their projects. There were four projects that were about to happen:


Mycelium - enabling young artists from Butetown, Riverside and Grangtown to create work for unexpected spaces in their communities.


Worlds on Water - A cultural experience where an audience take a boat ride down the river Taff, themed around communities that have made Cardiff their home, from Bangladeshi, to Indian, to Somali.


Soldering Sisters - A project that was to encourage young women to pursue a career in engineering. 


Baked Words - Combining storytelling and food, Baked Words will sell Somali inspired cakes that are wrapped in short stories. 


Since the lockdown the Agents have been working with their producers to reimagine their projects for the new situation that we all find ourselves in. 


Through the methodology of the Agency we ask the Agents what change do want to see, be that in their communities or themselves, what is their desire for change. It is that desire that is at the heart of their projects.


The Agents have considered what is at the heart of their projects, what change they want to see and are now figuring out how they can affect this change in a digital space.


More details of the four new incarnations of the Agenst project will emerge over the coming weeks."


NTW deliver the Agency in partnership with Battersea Arts Centre, Contact Theatre and Fablab Belfast. The project originated in the Favelas of Rio in 2011 and was created by Marcus Faustini.


Last we took part in a nationwide Zoom call where 55 people joined. At the beginning of the Call Marcus spoke about the Agency and their response to Covid-19 in the favelas. All funding for the Agency, time and energy has now been directed towards feeding people in the communities that they work in. The situation is precarious in a normal situation, with a lot of people working in the informal economy, so most have to still go to work, despite the risks. This talk was a stark reminder of the comparatively fortunate position we in the UK find ourselves. 


Marcus Faustini through Agência de Redes para Juventude along with Peoples Palace Projects will be launching a will be launching a funding raising campaign in the coming days.

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