Press Releases 2014-2015

UWTSD Secures Funding for Successful Swansea Youth Festival


University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has secured funding to run its successful Olion Young Arts Festival in Swansea, for a third time, this July.

Olion Youth ForumThe University has been awarded £27,150 by the Arts Council of Wales to run the Olion Youth Festival at Paradise Park in Townhill on Saturday 25th July, between 11am and 5pm.

The festival will play host to 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, YMCA, Ethnic Youth Support Team (EYST), Swansea Young Single Homeless Project (SYSHP), Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea Music Art Dance (MAD) and other local organisations.

The Communities First team has arranged numerous free family fun day activities alongside information on topics such as getting into work or training, health and wellbeing, and community safety.

The event is planned and managed by the Olion Youth Forum, a group of local young people aged between eleven and seventeen, UWTSD Swansea students, and members of the Communities First team. They meet weekly at the University to plan every aspect of the festival, from writing risk assessments to choosing the marquee and auditioning the acts.

The last two festivals were deemed a success with over 1,500 visitors.

UWTSD Swansea has developed a significant community engagement programme. Through a number of initiatives the engagement work presents an opportunity to create a sustainable two-way relationship between the community and the University’s students. The local community is enriched with a variety of different activities while the students gain invaluable experience and are able to apply their studies to a real-life environment.

Lucy Beddall, UWTSD’s Festival Coordinator, said: “The Olion Youth Forum is working very hard planning for the 2015 festival. The previous events were spectacular and really celebrated the wealth of talent in Townhill. It’s a collaborative initiative and we all pull together. We couldn’t do this without the Communities First team and The Phoenix Centre staff; their knowledge and expertise of Townhill is invaluable. The Youth Forum never fails to impress me with their energy, ideas and creativity; it’s very inspiring.”

Seventeen year old Gower College student Curtis Cana is the Olion Youth Coordinator. He said: “The Olion Youth Arts Forum has given us more confidence to express ourselves by organising different activities that benefit the local community. It makes people enjoy the area more and is a great way to socialise with the community and to see the area at its best. The festival will provide a chance to try something new, something different and something to remember. We are all very excited and hope that other young people will come along on the day to support it.”

Further Information

Steven Stokes
Principal Corporate Communications and PR Officer
07872 423788