Our Projects, Programmes and Initiatives


The Riverfront Community Arts Development team run a number of different projects, programmes and initiatives all designed to get as many people as possible of all ages involved in the arts and creativity. The Riverfront uses the arts as a gateway for addressing issues for a wide range of the communities across Newport and aims to break down the barriers that may be preventing members of the community from taking part and coming along to the theatre. Here is more information about the work they do with school groups!


School Groups

Our Arts Development team work closely with the schools in the local area in order to get as many pupils as possible to visit The Riverfront and take part in creative activities. In addition to school appropriate main house and studio shows, The Riverfront is also able to offer free Into Film Festival screenings, workshops, tours, talks and specific projects all suitable for the school curriculum.

If booking to come and see a show, we try to make it as easy as possible for schools. We offer a longer reservation period, invoice facility for ticket payment, special school prices, education packs and free tickets for supervising teachers. We also try to make the visit as safe and hassle free as possible, with coaches being able to drop off right outside the building. We can also help you to fill out a Risk Assessment before you get here. 

Once a term we send out schools newsletters to update teachers on exactly what is coming up on and off stage, and we arrange a special Creative Conversation evening to open creative learning conversations with schools and education providers. As part of this evening we invite teachers and group leaders to join us for a bite to eat, a show and an evening of networking as we showcase what The Riverfront has to offer, all completely free!

Into Film Festival

The Into Film Festival is the world’s largest free educational film festival for 5 to 19 year olds, and aims to encourage young people to visit the cinema more often and build audiences for the future.  

The Festival opens up the world of film to young people, introducing them to different genres and showcasing cinema as the gold-standard of film-viewing. Many young people experience the cinema for the first time as part of the Festival and it offers the Riverfront the chance to forge new relationships and expand our cinema audience..

If you are interested in bringing your school to the Into Film Festival, or would like more information please email Danielle.Rowlands@newportlive.co.uk.


Meet The…

Meet The… is an exciting programme that introduces young people to a variety of creative arts opportunities and professions. This series includes Meet The Orchestra with Sinfonia Cymru, Meet The Venue which introduces young people to the range of careers available in the creative arts and Meet The Author which helps young people get into the mindset of a writer.


Creative Industry Day

Once a year The Riverfront throws open its doors to young people aged 13-18 for a day going behind the scenes in a busy Theatre and Arts Centre. The day will include talks with arts professionals, workshops with different departments and areas, and an exclusive tour of the venue.

For 2021 we recorded a short video with members of the Riverfront team to highlight all the different roles that exist in the theatre world and give you a behind the scenes look at The Riverfront. You can watch this video here:

Get in touch

For additional information on what we can offer schools and young people, contact our Education and Participation Officer Danielle Rowlands at danielle.rowlands@newportlive.co.uk