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Join us for a creative festival showcasing talents of young people (11-18) in our city.

Wolverhampton CEP (Cultural Education Partnership) are hosting their first youth festival working with the Culture and Diversity Youth Group. The festival is led by young people for 11-18 years old. Get your FREE TICKET and enjoy music from local bands, open mic, dance, drumming workshops and drop in creative sessions.

At West Park on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2022, 1pm – 5pm.

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The Black Country Cultural Education Directory

The Black Country Cultural Education Directory, a joint initiative between the four Cultural Education Partnerships (CEPs); Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Each CEP is formed of partners from across the arts, cultural, heritage and education sectors. They collectively work together to ensure that all children and young people aged 0 to 25 in their localities have access to high quality arts and culture. Each CEP is formed of partners who are activists in their local area who advocate for arts, culture and creativity in education. To ensure that every child and young person has a positive and empowering creative learning journey and the opportunity to create, participate, produce and engage with cultural education.

If you have a passion for arts, culture and education and are interested in joining a collective movement of change makers in your locality then contact your local CEP to become a member.

Development Co-ordinator

For more information about Wolverhampton Cultural Education Partnership and how to get involved please contact Rosalind Manasseh, Wolverhampton CEP Development Co-ordintor

Arts Connect

Our primary motivation is to make the most significant difference we can to the opportunities for children and young people to access and engage with high quality arts and culture. We are funded by Arts Council England to be the ‘bridge’ organisation for the West Midlands, working with the education, arts and cultural sector to overcome the barriers that prevent all children and young people to engage with high quality culture. In a diverse region with 2.5m young people, 2,600 schools, 14 local authorities and a wealth and richness of arts and cultural organisations this is a significant, complex and energising challenge.     

The Black Country Teachers CPD Network

The Black Country Teachers CPD Network brings together teachers and school staff involved in teaching and promoting the arts and culture across Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. The network is for Secondary Teachers of: Art & Design, Dance, and Drama/Theatre Studies and also a network for Primary teachers.

The network is supported by Arts Connect for further information please visit the link below or email:
Pepita Hanna – Associate Director, Partnerships and Investment at Arts Connect


Newhampton Arts Centre is part of the Startart: a national programme developed, supported and funded by Arts Connect building stronger links between cultural organisations and schools. NAC is working over three years with the five primary schools in its neighbourhood: West Park Primary, St Andrews, St Peter and Paul, St Michaels and Dunstall Hill. Year One ran over 2018-9 and saw pupils from Years 5 and 6 develop skills in theatre and performance. They visited NAC and experienced live theatre from Rhubarb Theatre and Jango Starr, and took part in workshops in shadow puppetry and clowning from artists from both companies. Year One also contained Teacher CPD sessions, tours of NAC for pupils and training on the delivery of Artsaward Discover at Primary level. The year concluded with performances from all five schools at NAC.

For Year Two the schools involved chose the topic and decided to focus on Sculpture and 3-D making. NAC engaged visual artist Manda Yates to deliver the project from February 2020. The schedule has been disrupted by the COVID-19 emergency, but plans are well developed to restart the project in autumn 2020 with digital work, and in-person work from January 2021.