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National Theatre Wales

Phase 1: Regional Assemblies

We are now reaching the end of the first phase of the Big Democracy Project, in which four democratically selected events are held in north, south, mid and west Wales.

Like our Assemblies (performance/debates events), BDP Regional Assemblies are proposed and organised by local communities, voted for by the public, and at their core will be a discussion on how we can create the Wales we want. But where previous Assemblies could be on any subject dear to the bidder’s heart, the Big Democracy Project will focus on local political issues with a national, or even global relevance. And crucially, an emphasis will be made on action - what can each of the four communities do to move us closer to the Wales we want?

The first Regional Assembly took place in Bangor in October 2014, after we invited proposals from across North Wales. Bethesda-based poet Martin Dawes put forward the idea of exploring Voter Apathy.

The second was held in Cardiff in March 2015, representing south Wales. Oasis Asylum and Refugee Centre asked why identity is important.

The third, proposed by Celf o Gwmpas who work with disabled artists, asked ‘Are disabled people an easy target for cuts?’, and was held in Llandrindod Wells in June 2015.