4theRegion Changemakers have launched a new collaboration to connect, champion and support creative talent in the city centre!  Swansea Creative Focus is kicking off with an Advent Calendar of daily stories about Creative Swansea.  You can catch the series on our social media, or see them all here:

YES WE CAN

YES WE CAN

When a situation is unfamiliar and potentially overwhelming it helps to have inspiring examples around us of accomplishment in the face of adversity. The people of Swansea don’t have to look far for such examples. How many times have you walked past Llewellyn Hall,...

STEPPING UP

STEPPING UP

For the time being, businesses are operating in a new reality. We don’t know how long it’ll be before our streets, shops and offices come back to life, but while we’re working in physical isolation we still need to connect with our clients. And if we want them to buy...

PAYING YOUR WAY

PAYING YOUR WAY

The working definition of a European SME (Small to Medium Sized Enterprise) is a business with less than 250 employees and an annual turnover below 50 million Euros. There are almost six million SME businesses in Britain today. That makes up 99% of all UK businesses....

WE’RE THE VOICE

WE’RE THE VOICE

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times” Charles Dickens’s famous opening to A Tale of Two Cities remind us that we walk in both light and darkness every day. The book made the events of revolutionary France come to life for readers in Victorian London,...

YOU’RE THE VOICE

YOU’RE THE VOICE

Fans of Kingsley Amis will be familiar with his love of Swansea. The celebrated novelist spent twelve years at Swansea University as a lecturer in the English department. While Amis is well known as a satirist and his words could be cutting, he wrote of his adopted...

A VALENTINE TO SWANSEA

A VALENTINE TO SWANSEA

For many of us, Ify Iwobi is the standard bearer for original music in Swansea. Her debut album Illuminate was one of the most refreshing and accomplished releases of 2019. So what’s the plan for 2020? On Monday May 18th Ify will share her talent with her home city in...

BIKINI LINES, HICCUPS AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS

BIKINI LINES, HICCUPS AND BRUSSEL SPROUTS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty Five: 25/12/2019 While most of us are taking Christmas day off, Swansea’s police, firefighters, paramedics, nurses and doctors are doing what they always do and prioritising our safety. If you need them today, they’ll...

ILLUMINATION

ILLUMINATION

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty Three: 23/12/2019 Music evokes emotion, it stimulates memory – hearing a certain piece of music can take us back decades to a precise moment in time – and it has a positive effect on quality of life. Music, quite...

GOING PLACES

GOING PLACES

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty Two: 22/12/2019 When organisations consider committing investment and employment opportunities to a region, there are key economic building blocks they want to see in place. High on everyone’s list is transport...

BUCCANEERS AND BURIED GOLD

BUCCANEERS AND BURIED GOLD

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty One: 21/12/2019 Treasure Island is one of the most frequently adapted novels ever written. To date there have been sixteen movie versions, including one featuring the Muppets. It takes boldness and creativity to...

THE MORNING AFTER

THE MORNING AFTER

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty: 20/12/2019 Welcome to Black Friday, the final Friday before Christmas and traditionally a night when we over-indulge and paint the town red. Swansea city centre will be buzzing tonight. How many heads will be buzzing...

HEROES AND LEGENDS

HEROES AND LEGENDS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Nineteen: 19/12/2019 A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a franchise was born that would revolutionise not only popular cinema but also the memorabilia industry. Today, 42 years after Luke Skywalker’s first encounter...

YOU’RE HIRED

YOU’RE HIRED

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eighteen: 18/12/2019 Tonight sees one of the TV highlights of the year, as the fifteenth series of The Apprentice comes to a close. As with any reality TV show the contestants often seem to have been showing off for the...

YOU’RE WELCOME

YOU’RE WELCOME

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Seventeen: 17/12/2019 Statistics can be misleading, but not always. Some numbers paint a clear picture, and not a pretty one. 15 million tonnes of food is wasted by the food industry in Britain each year. This supply chain...

FOR EVERYONE

FOR EVERYONE

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Sixteen: 16/12/2019 There are cities, in the UK and around the world, in which art is inaccessible to many residents. Many of these cities are famous for their art and artists, but they fail to include and inspire the wider...

MAKING IT

MAKING IT

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Fifteen: 15/12/2019 At a time of year when we’re all decorating our homes and choosing last minute gifts, why not think outside the box when it comes to our choices? Yes, we can click a button and order the same generic...

LITTLE AND LARGE

LITTLE AND LARGE

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Fourteen: 14/12/2019 A Conservative government was elected in the same year that the Swansea Little Theatre Group began performing, but Boris Johnson was nowhere to be found. The year was 1924, the Prime Minister was Stanley...

FRIDAY THE 13TH

FRIDAY THE 13TH

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Thirteen: 13/12/2019 Next May sees the 40th anniversary of the release of the ground-breaking horror movie Friday the 13th. It was a low budget success, filmed not in Hollywood but on the streets of New Jersey. It made far...

GAME ON

GAME ON

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twelve: 12/12/2019 The rise of online gaming has been well documented. There are currently 200 million online gamers in Western Europe and a similar number in North America. Latin America has over 230 million players, and the...

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