The Connected Communities Festival took place in Cardiff with a packed and outstanding programme of events of gigs, digs, talks, walks, readings, pop-up events, digital stuff, intellectual stuff, banners, cafes, films and games, performances and bazaars, all of it open and free to the public, across a number of venues in Cardiff, from morning to night.
As part of the Festival, the UK Partner Network (UKCPN) ran a workshop specifically aimed at community-based organisations working with universities and those interested in community university partnerships. The workshop was an opportunity to gain insights how to navigate universities and develop effective mutually beneficial partnerships. There was an opportunity for delegates to network together, share their experiences and approaches, and discuss practical ways to address some of the challenges in working in partnership with universities.
The workshop was participatory, and included case studies of practice, art based approaches to exploring effective partnership work, and an opportunity for delegates to feedback on the next steps for the UKCPN. Initially funded by the AHRC, the UKCPN arose out of two CC projects exploring how community groups experience working with universities.
To find out more about the Connected Communities Festival, including the full programme and further details on the UKCPN network, visit the Connected Communities Website.
To find out more about the UK Community Partner Network, click here.