In 2006 we gathered at the newly opened Galeri in Caernarfon and mapped out a broad vision for trac’s work. From that we have successfully established BEAM  a residential course for adults, finally grown Gwerin Gwallgo as a bespoke training course for our youngsters, grown Tŷ Gwerin as a partnership with the National Eisteddfod and introduced Welsh music and musicians to new audiences across Wales, the U.K. & the world. Ten years is a long time so it’s high time we checked in formally to make sure our plans fit.

We will gather again on July 10th 2016 at Aberystwyth Arts Centre to map out a ten year vision for traditional music in Wales.

In 2015 we ran Maniffesto, looking to get a settled view of what you thought should be trac’s priorities. Your responses to our Maniffesto project are all online here:

https://trac.wales/our-work/advocacy/a-manifesto/

Now it’s time to come together and put turn those priorities into plans. We know that you want us to focus on working with young people but we need your input into how we do that, what a successful strategy will look like and how we can measure success.

  • We know you want a representative organisation but how exactly will we represent you?
  • Should we be working with our Folk Cubs to build a touring network for Wales? Should we be working with the BBC to ensure that more of our music is broadcast, not less?
  • Should we be helping Welsh traditional musicians to reach new markets and make their careers sustainable?
  • Which things should we stop doing to make time to do others?
  • Who will be responsible for delivering this and how will we pay for it?

We have our ideas but it is your say, not ours, that will give us a plan for the next ten years.

Who is it for?

Tradiators! If you sing, dance, play. If you put on gigs or run a club. If you are a society or a session. If you are an organisation that works with music and people. If you teach people how to dance, play or sing. If you are a record company, a publisher, an agent or someone who works with folk music in Wales. If you are passionate about our language and heritage. If you are in a Parti Plygain, Parti Cerdd Dant, Parti Ddawns. If you take part in an eisteddfod. If you’re a storyteller. If you are a festival or a venue that wants to work with folk music or if you are just passionate about our traditions. Then this is for you.

What will it do?

We’ll gather your priorities and test ours over a day where the agenda is set by you. At the end of it we’ll have drawn together a strategy for the traditional arts in Wales and identified how to get there.

The day doesn’t end there. We will go through every discussion and contribution and pull common themes together so that we can build this day into a Plan. We’ll have a day with our board of Trustees and with our facilitator building a working document that the whole sector can agree on. We’ll keep a record of everything we do online with an option for you to comment and contribute along the way. The final document will be launched at Tŷ Gwerin during the Eisteddfod Genedlaethol, published online on our website and distributed electronically. We’ll work with you and our own networks to get this document distributed as widely as possible and we’ll use it as a tool to lever in support for your activity and as a guiding document for ten years of work.

Topics for discussion

PARTICIPATION 
Encouraging people of all ages to be involved with traditional music and dance, from youngsters through to professionals – how? sessions? tune clubs? singarounds? dance days? Who does it, what is trac’s role?
EDUCATION 
How can we get traditional arts onto the syllabus so that there is greater awareness, an option other than classical music training within schools, colleges, broader music education channels?
PRESENTATION
Venues and folk clubs, touring structures, at home and abroad, what is already happening, what needs to happen, who can help, what bands are looking for, what is trac’s role?
ADVOCACY
What do we need to campaign for, what changes are needed, what is trac’s role in this?
PROFILE
How can we raise the profile of traditional music and other traditional arts of Wales? Who can help, what needs to happen, what is trac’s role?

What else? Come and share your priorities.

Timetable for the day

10:00
registration
Tea/coffee available
10:30
brief outline of the day
We introduce the team. SimTrans and how it works.

How the day will work, what is expected, what it should deliver
10:45
topics for discussion
PARTICIPATION
Encouraging people of all ages to be involved with traditional music and dance, from youngsters through to professionals – how? sessions? tune clubs? singarounds? dance days? Who does it, how can trac help?

EDUCATION
How can we get traditional arts onto the syllabus so that there is greater awareness, an option other than classical music training within schools, colleges, broader music education channels?

PRESENTATION
Venues and folk clubs, touring structures, at home and abroad, what is already happening, what needs to happen, who can help, what are bands looking for?

ADVOCACY
What do we need to campaign for, what changes are needed?

PROFILE
How can we raise the profile of traditional music and other traditional arts of Wales? Who can help, what needs to happen?
10:55
topics for discussion
What else?

Participants post conversation ideas using post-it notes.
11.05
performance
Performance by fiddler Aneirin Jones
11:15
discussion one
Small groups, choice of topics
11.45
break
Coffee
12.00
reporting and recording
Feedback to the whole conference
12:20
discussion two
Small groups, choice of topics
1.00pm
reporting and recording
Feedback to the whole conference
1.20pm
performance
Performance by triple harpist Meinir Olwen
13:30
break
Lunch
14:30
group work
Round table discussions, to add detail and deliver decision / outcome options from the earlier discussions.
15:15
reporting and recording
Feedback – key issues and questions raised. The options are presented by champions for each key subject area
15:35
review
Five minute address – context for decision making / voting
15:40
plenary
Options Q&A
16.10
performance
Performance by clogger Siwan Evans
16:20
voting
Vote on priorities using sticker dots. Leave additional remarks / suggestions using post-it notes.
16:40
next steps
What happens next?Timetable of activity

Dates for drawing this up into a strategy to be announced at Tŷ Gwerin at the Eisteddfod.
16:55
performance
Closing performance by five-piece family band Teulu
The day will be facilitated by Angharad Wynne of angharadwynne.com and young musicians will show off their talent throughout the day.

Tickets are £10 for individuals and small/voluntary organisations like folk clubs, £40 large/national organisations, and a buffet lunch is provided. Book now at https://event.bookitbee.com/7716/gwledd/. Doors open at 10.00 and the day will finish around 5.00.