Flourishing Creative Communities in Aberystwyth

On 15 July 2023, 35 members of Aberystwyth creative communities gathered in the Bandstand on the town’s promenade to explore how creative entrepreneurs and industries in the area could flourish. Hosted by the Aberystwyth University Dialogue Centre, the event was designed and facilitated by Dr. Eri Mountbattern-O’Malley, Director and Founder of the FlourishCafe™.

Attendees included individual artists, photographers, musicians and performers as well as members of the Aberystwyth Rotary and  Aberystwyth Business Club and staff from organisations such as the National Library Wales, Arad Goch theatre and Ceredigion Museum. Elected representatives from Aberystwyth Town Council and officers from Ceredigion County Council also attended.

The afternoon got underway with guest speakers Jacob Elis, Lead Change Maker for Public Affairs and International Relations at the Office of the Future Generations Commissioner for Wales and local business owner Julien Shelley. The event then engaged attendees in thinking about what flourishing creative industries in the Aberystwyth areas would look like and some of the current challenges and the opportunities.

Explore our ‘What Was Heard Report‘ to learn about themes that emerged during the event.

The findings will inform future opportunities for collaboration between Cyngor Sir Ceredigion County Council and Aberystwyth University Dialogue Centre.