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CREATIVE ECONOMY, CULTURE & DIGITAL

South West Wales is already home to lots of creative people and businesses, and we are a region of poets, artists and performers, with many famous alumni. 

It’s these strengths we need to build on as we set out to develop our Creative & Digital Economy in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea.  The creative industries are one of Wales’ top performing sectors, with the potential to provide exciting, rewarding and attractive career opportunities, and to contribute significant wealth into our regional economy.

Places with a strong creative economy are also more exciting places to be.  Creativity makes life more beautiful and more interesting.  It’s through investment in creativity that we can breathe fresh life into our high streets and town centres.  And as individuals, access to creative expression is a great tool for improving our well-being, making us happier and connecting us with others. 

That’s why our alliance is working to strengthen South West Wales’ creative and cultural ecosystem, and why we want you to get in touch with your projects and ideas.

“Access to talented and creative people is to modern business what access to coal and iron ore was to steel-making…  Economic growth is driven by creativity, so if we want to increase it, we have to tap into the creativity of everyone.”

OUR ACTIVITY

We think culture, art and creative entrepreneurship should be at the heart of Swansea city centre’s regeneration strategy.  Alongside landmark new developments like the Arena and Digital District, we want to nurture the existing cultural fabric of the city. 

That’s why we’ve been working to connect the city’s creative people, businesses and organisations, to develop an eco-system of support and collaboration so that creativity in all it’s forms can flourish.

And now, through our projects in communities along the railway, we’re working to amplify the creative and cultural distinctiveness of local places throughout the region.

24/11/20

CREATIVE & DIGITAL MEMBERS FORUM
The Creative & Digital Members Forum was an opportunity for our members to talk with others about joined up strategies and potential collaborations for the greater good. Become a 4theRegion member to get involved in future forums!
Creative & Digital Members Forum | Report

23/11/20

DIGITAL SKILLS ROUNDTABLE
If there’s one sector that may have been resilient throughout the pandemic, it would be the digital sector. For other sectors, those who quickly embraced technology, digital skills and remote working have been in a better position compared to those who haven’t. Digital skills are a key growth sector for our region and there are many opportunities for people to find a career in the digital sector.
PODCAST | Digital Skills 

21/07/20

WHAT NEXT FOR SWANSEA HIGH STREET?
Swansea High Street has been the focus of redevelopment efforts by many creative businesses and organisations. What has been the effect on the High Street as a result of lockdown and how can we re-encourage people to safely visit once again? In this roundtable discussion, we invited High Street-based businesses to share their thoughts on transforming the area described as the gateway to the city.
PODCAST | What Next For Swansea High Street? 

27/11/19

SWANSEA CREATIVE FOCUS LAUNCHES ON HIGH STREET
Swansea High Street has been the focus of redevelopment efforts by many creative businesses and organisations. What has been the effect on the High Street as a result of lockdown and how can we re-encourage people to safely visit once again? In this roundtable discussion, we invited High Street-based businesses to share their thoughts on transforming the area described as the gateway to the city.
Swansea Creative Focus Launches on High Street

09/11/19

SWANSEA CREATIVE QUARTER CLUSTER
Following our Creative Quarter Roundtable in September 2019, a group of 4theRegion Changemakers has been meeting on a weekly basis to take forward some of the ideas we discussed.  We know that creating a vibrant, creative, inclusive Swansea is key to achieving our economic and social goals for the region.  Our mission is to make Swansea City Centre somewhere that people want to be, by involving everyone, engaging communities, and unleashing the talent and potential of people.
Swansea Creative Quarter Cluster

23/09/19

SWANSEA CREATIVE QUARTER ROUNDTABLE 2019
The creative quarter round table meeting arose out of the Swansea City Centre Conference run by 4theRegion in April 2019. The intention was to look at what else can be done to keep the momentum up on Swansea High Street. What can we, as business owners, organisations and passionate individuals do to improve the area, visually and socially, increase footfall and make it a destination for Swansea residents and visitors to the city?
Swansea Creative Quarter | Event Report 

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