Press Releases 2014-2015

Popular Youth Festival Returns to Swansea


Aelodau Fforwm Ieuenctid Olion Curtis Cana, Adam Dawkins a Mark Burgess ym Mharc Paradwys yn TownhillThe University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s (UWTSD) successful youth festival, Olion, returns to the city this month.

The Olion Youth Arts Festival will take place on Saturday 25th July, 11am until 5pm, at Paradise Park in Townhill. The free event is planned and managed by the Olion Youth Forum, a group of local young people aged between eleven and twenty-five who meet weekly to plan all aspects of the Festival.

UWTSD works in partnership with Communities First to manage the project, which is funded by the Arts Council of Wales. The Festival has taken place on two previous occasions and has been a huge success with over 1,500 visitors each time.

The Festival will play host to local singers, bands, comedians, DJs and dancers. In addition to the main stage, there are also other marquees featuring acts, exhibitions and workshops by Circus Eruption, Ethnic Youth Support Team, Swansea Young Single Homeless Project, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and other local organisations. The young people have also arranged face-painting, bouncy castles and even a silent disco, with characters from the hit Disney film Frozen also taking part. Kev Johns is presenting the day with help from the young people themselves.

The Communities First team will have many free fun family activities as well as information on everything from getting into work or training, looking after health and wellbeing, opportunities to learn a new skill, and community safety. Swansea City Football Club Community Trust will be showing off some football skills and hosting a competition. The Fire Brigade and South Wales Police will be bringing vehicles on-site for young people to see. The Phoenix Centre will be open and providing food from their popular café.

Lucy Beddall, UWTSD Community Engagement Coordinator, said: “UWTSD work hard at engaging with the local community. It allows our students, who work alongside the young people, to gain valuable work experience putting their studies in to practice. We also invite the local community to get involved with different projects.

“The Festival is an excellent example of partnership working. We couldn’t do this without the young people, the Communities First team and all our other partner organisations. The Festival is not just about the day as our students and graduates have been running workshops throughout the year leading up to the event. Working with the community benefits everyone involved and this particular project celebrates the huge amount of talent in this area.”

Curtis Cana, an 18 year old student at Gower College, is the Youth Coordinator for Olion. He said: “All the young people love being involved with the Olion Festival. We’ve been meeting for ages and working with UWTSD and Communities First to plan the day. It’s great for Townhill to have a credible Festival and we all learn so much about how to plan an event. It really is an invaluable experience.”

Further Information

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