Important information for delegates at this year’s conference and awards ceremony

 19 March 2019

On Monday 1 April we will be gathering creative professionals, educators and policy makers in Cardiff City Hall, for a day of discussion, debate and best practices on breaking down barriers to entry for the cultural sector. Later that evening we will move over to the National Museum Cardiff to celebrate the 2019 Creative & Cultural Skills Awards! 

2019 marks the tenth year of the annual Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference
2019 marks the tenth year of the annual Creative & Cultural Skills National Conference

Travel and Accommodation 

Cardiff has strong transport links and should be easily accessible from most UK destinations. We've got advice on how to get there by air, rail, bus and car on the FAQs section of our conference page.

If you're planning to stay in Cardiff we have special offers available for delegates through our conference portal


Conference registration will open at 10:30am in Cardiff City Hall, so make sure you get there early to enjoy tea and coffee, pastries, and the opportunity to meet your fellow delegates. You can also take a look at our exhibition space where we are pleased to be joined by 14-18 NOW, the National Museums WalesCardiff and Vale College, Coleg GwentUniversity of South Wales, and others.

Conference will start at 11am sharp, with our first series of keynotes, and industry panel, taking us up to lunch. After lunch delegates have the chance to attend a breakout session of their choice, and will then return to the plenary for our final keynote speakers of the day, and our very popular apprentice panel. The conference will close at 4pm

Take a look at our online conference programme for a full running order and details of all speakers. In response to feedback from last year's event, and in line with our environmental policy, we won't be handing out paper copies of the programme. PDF copies will be available for download, as well as online, and these will be circulated prior to the conference.

Breakout sessions 

You are invited to sign up to the breakout session of your choice in advance. Take a look at the breakout session descriptions, and email to book.

You will be able to sign-up on the day, but places are limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, so it's best to book sooner rather than later!  


At 6:30pm registration will open for the Awards ceremony, in the National Museum Cardiff, which is right beside City Hall. The dress code for the event is smart/elegant. 

Dinner is due to start at 7:30pm and you will also have the chance to enjoy a performance by dance company Rubicon Dance

The awards will be presented after dinner, with the event closing at 10pm. Remember to take a look at our full shortlist to get a glimpse of all the fantastic nominees who will be there on the night! 

Social Media 

Do remember to join the online conversation! We will be live tweeting all day from @CCSkills using the hashtag #CreativeNationUK for both events. 

Photographs will be taken during the day which will be shared online, both on our website and social media accounts, and may be used in future promotional material. 

If you have any further queries please do get in touch with us at

We are very much looking forward to meeting you all there! 

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