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Female pupils from Maesteg Comprehensive School were given the opportunity to speak out this March as part of Awen Cultural Trust’s International Women’s Day celebrations. Working with West Wales Americana/Folk professional singer songwriter Lowri Evans, twelve pupils from across Years 8 and 12 joined forces to create a new song acknowledging the struggles faced…
At Awen, we are committed to creating an inclusive, fair and diverse workplace and offering accessible products and services to all. By signing up to the Business Wales Equality Pledge, we will be taking proactive and positive actions to help improve our equality practices across the whole organisation including: Finalising our Equity, Diversity and…
Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which provides opportunities for people and communities across South Wales to experience, enjoy and be inspired by culture, is working with Bridgend County Borough Council, Cardiff University, Contemporancient Theatre and Garw Valley Heritage Society on a series of events to mark the 300th anniversary of the famous intellectual…
To support local communities through the cost of living crisis, we are expanding our range of free activities, events and hot refreshments this winter with a programme of Warm Welcome cinema screenings at the Grand Pavilion in Porthcawl.  All screenings are relaxed – ideal for anyone who would prefer a less formal cinema experience….
At Awen, we are committed to operating in a responsible and sustainable way. We have joined a growing community of forward-thinking organisations who are helping Wales transition to a low carbon future by signing the Green Growth Pledge. By January 2024 we will: Increase the proportion of suppliers that are based in South Wales;…
Awen Cultural Trust, the registered charity which provides opportunities for people and communities across South Wales to experience, enjoy and be inspired by culture, has appointed Ava Plowright as its new Chair of Trustees. Ava takes over the role from Alan Morgan, who is stepping down as Chair after seven years but remaining as…
Awen Cultural Trust is working in partnership with Gig Buddies Wales, BAVO and Learning Disability Wales to offer a free, relaxed screening of the film Heavy Load (12A) at the Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl on Saturday 11th February at 7.30pm. Described by film critic Mark Kermode as “a really, really fine music documentary”, the film…
The Grand Pavilion, Porthcawl’s much-loved seafront theatre has been awarded £18 Levelling Up Funding from the UK Government, as a result of Bridgend County Borough Council, working in close partnership with Awen Cultural Trust, demonstrating that the investment would make a visible positive difference to the local area and supporting the creative economy of…
Unsuspecting carers from across the county borough of Bridgend received a surprise delivery of Christmas cheer when they answered their doors recently. They were greeted with a fun, festive dance from the Kitsch n Sync Collective in recognition of their tireless, and often unpaid, work. The Doorbell Dances were organised by registered charities Awen…
We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding of over £130,000 from Welsh Government and The National Heritage Lottery Fund’s The Woodland Investment Grant to enhance the historic woodlands at Bryngarw Country Park. The funding will be used to: carry out conservation work on the existing trees; build a new boardwalk…
Review by Karen Price, Wales Online Jack And The Beanstalk, Porthcawl – 4/5   There’s nothing like a panto at Christmas – whatever your age – and after the covid pandemic it’s fabulous to see theatres packed once again with families eager for this dose of Christmas magic. The Grand Pavilion at Porthcawl has…
If you care for an adult with a learning disability, or know someone who does, you may be interested in this short video about B-Leaf and Wood-B, our work-based training programmes in horticulture, grounds maintenance and carpentry. Watch it here.  …