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.

Despite being closed, during 2020 and 2021 our team still worked on a great range of projects to bring people together and keep them connected with the arts these included-

  • Reading the Rainbow - a Film Literacy Project aimed at young people aged 12 -15 which focused primarily on LGBTQ+ representation in film.
  • Share the Love - a project to help keep everyone happy and well and share love and kindness throughout Newport through sharing activites digitally and activity packs to those who were vulnerable and isolated.
  • Playhouse- a project which allowed children aged 9-11 (Year 5 & 6) the chance to perform their own play on our stage and have it streamed digitally to their parents
  • Creative Industry Day- unfortunately this year schools weren't able to come to The Riverfront for an in person Creative Industry Day so instead members of our team recoreded the below Creative Industry video


Community Critics

We passionately believe that the shows, performances, films and activities we offer are for everyone and every age. We also understand that many people think that the arts isn’t for them and we’re on a mission to change this.

We want to provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy the arts, and Community Critics is just one of the ways you can get involved. Whether you’re an individual, part of a community or sports group, you’re involved with a charity or have a school group, you can apply to attend a show for free as part of our Community Critics scheme.

You can apply for tickets to any of our shows and – where possible – we will accommodate you. All we ask is that you provide a review of your experience; this could be a video, blog post, piece of poetry or artwork. Anything goes!

To apply to be a Community Critic for autumn 2021, please email sally-anne.evans@newportlive.co.uk and let us know which event you’d like to attend, as well as your contact details. Please note, Community Critics tickets are always subject to availability. If we can’t offer tickets for your chosen event, we aim to offer a suitable alternative. 

Email Sally


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 2021

Thursday 25 November, 10am - The Croods 2
Friday 26 November, 10am - Horrible Histories: Rotten Romans

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.

Email Danielle

Support our Programmes

Our programmes and projects wouldn't be possible without our generous funders and partners.

Find out how you can get involved.