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:

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...

COME HERE, STAY HERE

COME HERE, STAY HERE

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Twenty Four: 24/12/2019 What’s on your wish list for Swansea in the 2020s? A regular influx of talented undergraduates with affordable accommodation that gives them the comfort to excel in their studies and the motivation to...

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...

2020 VISION

2020 VISION

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eleven: 11/12/2019 From today there are 20 days to 2020. Twenty days to the beginning of a new decade. What do you want the new era to be, for yourself and your community? What’s your 2020 vision? Swansea has both vision and...

THE EQUALIZER

THE EQUALIZER

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Ten: 10/12/2019 For those of us who have easy access to technology, every new breakthrough is a source of excitement. Faster ways to communicate. More efficient, cost-effective ways to share our skills and services. It’s a...

A QUARTER OF A MILLION REASONS

A QUARTER OF A MILLION REASONS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Nine: 09/12/2019 When Patrick Glavee arrived in Swansea from Ireland in 2017 he quickly found outlets for his creative talent. Using BA Graphic Design studies at he University of Wales Trinity St David as a springboard, he...

DIAMONDS

DIAMONDS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Eight: 08/12/2019 For something to remain fresh and vibrant after sixty years is quite an achievement. Tonight at the Brangwyn Hall, the Swansea Philharmonic Choir will give their rendition of Bach’s B Minor Mass. It’s the...

OPENING DAY

OPENING DAY

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Seven: 07/12/2019 In the 108 years since the Glynn Vivian Gallery opened, it’s showcased the work of artists including Thomas Gainsborough, William Blake and Claude Monet as well as the cream of local talent. That tradition...

NO PLACE FOR DINOSAURS

NO PLACE FOR DINOSAURS

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Six: 06/12/2019 For many of us, the focal point of Christmas lunch three weeks from now will be a lovingly roasted turkey. For Britain’s 600,000 vegans, though, it will be a different story. Over the past decade the number of...

INCLUDED

INCLUDED

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Five: 05/12/2019 It matters how we treat our guests, as individuals and as a community. When they tell us they’ve been made to feel welcome, it’s something to be proud of. One in twenty Welsh residents and one in ten Swansea...

THAT’S THE WAY IT CRUMBLES

THAT’S THE WAY IT CRUMBLES

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Four: 04/12/2019 It may not quite have the cachet of Christmas Day or Valentines Day, but the fourth of December is National Cookie Day. This isn’t a long-standing tradition – it’s barely three decades old – but those of us...

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Three: 03/12/2019 Plastic was the mid-20th century’s miracle product. Inexpensive, strong, durable and malleable, with almost unlimited applications. Since the 1950s we’ve produced over 8 billion metric tonnes of it. And of...

A NEW KARDOMAH GANG

A NEW KARDOMAH GANG

Swansea Creative Focus Advent Calendar Day Two: 02/12/2019 If you’re walking through Castle Square today you’ll pass between the Big Screen that delivers 21st century advertising and entertainment, and the building remains that offer multiple links to our cultural...

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