Cultural Concerns

The Art of Change

I'm Steve Garrett.                                                                  Cultural Concerns is the name for the work that I do around community-based arts, culture and creativity. Everyone has 'artistic talent' and can enjoy and benefit from expressing themselves creatively. My work aims to support and enable people who are getting involved with 'doing it!'.

I organise a variety of community arts projects (such as Cardiff's annual Riverside Festival) and set up collaborations and exchanges between musicians from Wales and from other countries such as Africa and India.


I work with community artists, arts funders and cultural policy-makers to develop better links between participation in 'the arts', personal development and community regeneration.

I am also a musician myself, performing under the name

 Stainless Steve

The work of Cultural Concerns includes:

organising the annual multi-cultural Riverside Festival
management of grass-roots cultural projects
organising community festivals and special events
managing arts-related conferences and seminars
organising international exchanges and collaborations between artists working at a community level.
organising music projects with disaffected young people

Cultural Concerns was founded in 1998, and since then I have organised numerous cultural projects and initiatives (see CV), in addition to founding the award winning Riverside Market and the Riverside Market Garden.

I have many years' experience delivering projects and formulating policy in the participatory and community arts field. I spent four years on the Arts Council of Wales; studied for a year at the School for Social Entrepreneurs; I am a Churchill Fellow; a former Board member of Sound Sense (the UK support agency for community music); and a former Community Music Commission member of the International Society of Music Educators (ISME). I'm vice-chair (formerly Chair) of the Wales Association of Community Artists.

I love 'local food' as much as I love 'local music'. From my perspective, the two have a lot in common, both being about high quality and authenticity and engaging with the community.  I'm the founder of RCMA Social Enterprise ('the Riverside Market People')

Read more about my work.

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Contact details:

Steve Garrett

(T) +44
(0)29 2022 7982

35 Beauchamp Street
Cardiff CF11 6AX
Wales, UK

Skills offered include::

Planning and marketing of participatory arts activities;
Management of grass-roots cultural projects;
Organising community festivals and special events
Managing arts-related conferences and seminars
Organising international exchanges and collaborations between community artists from Wales and other countries

Delivering event management training and mentoring. .