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Gwyl gwlad festival

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we all live and work. It has affected people from all backgrounds, in communities all across Wales.

This year's GWLAD events programme will provide a platform for a diverse mix of people: young people, business owners, politicians, entertainers, activists, and key workers. They'll discuss experiences, and share thoughts and ideas on ways to build a resilient, equal Wales for the future.

Our events will cover a range of topics including the environment, youth homelessness, rural communities, business and the arts. The events:

What Future for rural Wales - 9 Nov
Democracy and the Arts: A Stage for Change - 12 Nov
Creative Cymru: Supporting, Adapting and Innovating - 16 Nov
Business as Usual? Rethinking Work in Wales - 20 Nov
Generation COVID: How are young people preparing for the future? - 20 Nov
Everyday Heroes: Key Workers' Pandemic Perspectives - 23 Nov
For the Love of the Game: The Future of Grassroots and Elite Sports in Wales - 26 Nov
• A Time for Action: The Race to Combat Climate Change (TBC)
• An End to Youth Homelessness (TBC)

You can get involved by sending us your questions for these events, watching our events live, and join the conversation on social media using #GWLAD. For further information about GWLAD events, email contact@senedd.wales.

As part of GWLAD’s programme of events, Members of the Senedd were invited to nominate up to three champions from their constituencies or regions to feature in an online gallery showcasing community champions from across Wales. 

Learn more about the gallery here or view the portraits on the Visit the Senedd social media accounts, Senedd Instagram, Senedd Facebook, Pierhead Twitter in November – December 2020.

 
 


Programme of Events





What Future for
Rural Wales?

How are young people preparing for the future?

19.00, 9 November

Tourism, housing, planning, business, agriculture, connectivity, Welsh and healthcare are all on the agenda. Our rural-based panellists will share their views on what the future holds for our rural communities.

Go to the conversation on YouTube.

Democracy and The Arts:
A Stage for Change?

A Stage for Change?

18.30, 12 November

In partnership with Arts Council Wales
Join Phil George (Chairman, Arts Council Wales) and Shavanah Taj (board member of Cardiff-based theatre company, Fio) as they discuss the challenges facing artists and arts organisations across Wales during this unprecedented time.

Access the event on YouTube.



 


Creative Cymru:
Supporting, Adapting and Innovating

Supporting, Adapting and Innovating

19.00, 16 November

Our panel will be discussing their experiences of adapting during the COVID-19 pandemic, how the industry and performers can adapt to continue to operate during this period, and what steps need to be taken longer term to secure the future for performers, and the sector as a whole.

Access the session on YouTube.

Business as Usual?
Rethinking Work in Wales

How are young people preparing for the future?

08.15, 20 November

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many businesses to think differently about how they operate in order to survive. Our panel, representing businesses from across Wales, discuss their experiences of running their businesses during this unprecedented period, and give their views on the proposed move to increased remote working.

Access the session on YouTube.

 


Generation COVID:
How are young people preparing for the future?

How are young people preparing for the future?

18.00, 20 November

On World Children’s Day we hear from a panel of young people as they reflect on their experiences of living through the pandemic, their thoughts on their future, and what issues they would like to see addressed for future generations.

Access the session in YouTube.

Everyday Heroes:
Key Workers' Pandemic Perspectives

How are young people preparing for the future?

19.00, 23 November

In this event we are joined by some of the key workers who have kept the country running, delivering vital services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Individuals from different sectors will share their experiences of working life during this period.

Access the session on YouTube.

 


For the love of the game:
the future of grassroots and elite sports in Wales

How are young people preparing for the future?

19.00, 26 November

We are a sporting nation that regularly punches above our weight on the international stage. Our sports clubs are at the heart of our communities, and participating sport and being physically active is more important now than ever to our health and wellbeing.

Chaired by sports journalist Catrin Heledd, representatives from sports bodies will answer your questions about the future of grass root, and elite level sport in Wales, including the Football Association of Wales, Sport Wales and the Welsh Rugby Union.

Access the video here.

 




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