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BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be arrives in Cardiff

This week, the BAFTA Roadshow joined forces with Place2Be to bring their 2022 roadshow to Cardiff.

Students from Gabalfa Primary School photographed outside the school with Ben Shires and Kia Pegg.

Children at Gabalfa Primary School in Wales were treated to a special assembly and a presenting masterclass hosted by TV presenters Ben Shires (Dig Detectives, Officially Amazing) and Kia Pegg (The Dumping Ground). The assembly aimed to champion pupils' creativity and boost confidence. Gabalfa Primary school is currently celebrating their 10-year partnership with Place2Be.

The children were able to learn soft skills that are important for emotional wellbeing and career progression and participate in competitions and roundtable discussions.

"Gabalfa Primary School has been a Place2Be partner school for ten years, so it has been wonderful to host the BAFTA Roadshow for the first time this year. The children had a great experience, and it was a positive day for all! We love having Place2Be on site and hope to be able to continue to support the wellbeing of our children, families and staff members." Carrie Jenkins, Headteacher, Gabalfa Primary School

Kia Pegg and Ben Shires with a BAFTA award

"I am thrilled to be back for another BAFTA Roadshow. It’s always one of the highlights of my job, and Gabalfa Primary School was so welcoming! Pupils were enthusiastic and keen to learn about the creative world of film, games and TV. There’s a lot of talent in Cardiff!" Ben Shires, presenter of Sky Kids’ Dig Detectives
"Visiting Gabalfa Primary School in Cardiff has been brilliant, and I have loved every minute of my first BAFTA Roadshow with Place2Be. The pupils were really engaged and there was a lot of creative potential. I can’t wait to see them all achieve great things in the future." Kia Pegg, actress in CBBC’s The Dumping Ground

BAFTA has been partnering with Place2Be since 2016 as part of its core charitable work to nurture and inspire the next generation of creative talent. In 2021, our partnership won the Action for Children's Arts (ACA) Outstanding Contribution to Children's Arts Awards.

"I’m delighted that we’re able to join forces with BAFTA Kids to bring the roadshow to Gabalfa Primary School this year – and I know how much excitement and anticipation there is amongst the school community. I deeply value that the Headteacher and governing body have continued to invest in early intervention, as witnessed by this event, also serving to mark our ten-year partnership with the school – long may it continue." Emma Bell, Place2Be Area Manager for South Wales

The Roadshow exists to teach important life skills through film, games, and television. The activities on offer provide access to talent to raise awareness and provide positive, inspiring role models within the industry. They also signpost the potential careers on offer in the industry and encourage and increase the diversity of young people interested in a career in arts and media. In 2022, the Roadshow will work with seven Place2Be schools across the UK.

"Inspiring the next generation of budding creatives, designers and content creators is central to BAFTA’s purpose, so we are thrilled to be partnering with Place2Be on a new national roadshow, bringing established talent to regions across the UK to showcase the power of our brilliant screen industries. Nurturing children’s creativity is crucial for mental wellbeing and also offers a huge variety of transferable skills and we believe it has a vital place in the school curriculum. This wonderful initiative champions a more inclusive screen industry by providing aspiration from an early age and highlighting the variety of career opportunities available." Lisa Prime, Head of Children & Young People’s Programmes at BAFTA

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