Celebrate the Opening of Yr Egin


05.10.2018

To celebrate the opening of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin, a fortnight of activities will be held at the new centre in Carmarthen between October 22nd and November 3rd.

Gŵyl Agor Yr Egin will include performances, screenings, activities and workshops for people of all ages to take part in and enjoy. The festival will offer opportunities for local people to visit the centre; to see inside this exciting new development and have a taste of the type of events and activities that will be held at Yr Egin.

Canolfan S4C Yr Egin is a transformational and innovative development located within a striking and iconic building on the University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s campus in Carmarthen.  It includes an auditorium, editing suites and performance areas as well as a café. 

With Welsh language broadcaster, S4C as the main anchor tenant, Yr Egin is also home to a range of companies working in the creative industries including multi-media publishing and digital technology; digital education; video production and photography; post production; graphic design; translation and sub-titling as well as financial management for the creative industries. They include: Atebol, Big Learning Company, Captain Jac, Asset Finance Solutions, Gorilla, Highly, Lens 360, Moilin, Optimwm, and Trywydd.

The festival will start on Monday, October 22nd with an opportunity for school children to participate in creative and digital workshops with the aim of igniting their imagination. Animation workshops will be held by Coleg Sir Gâr and UWTSD’s Swansea College of Art and will inspire a new generation of artists and designers.

Companies that are tenants in Yr Egin are also offering an array of exciting experiences including Augmented Reality with Moilin; Meilyr Sion, author and actor, talking about his new book Hufen Afiach published by Atebol; Big Learning Company - an official partner of LEGO® Education - will provide thrilling educational experiences, and the stars of S4C’s Y Doniolis, created by Captain Jac, will be filling the place with laughter.

The highlight of the celebrations will be a spectacular lantern parade on Thursday, October 25th when people of all ages are invited to take part in an excting event on the theme of light and energy. Following entertainment by local choirs and dancers at St Catherine’s Walk at 5.30pm a giant Lantern Parade will take to the streets of Carmarthen and travel on foot to Yr Egin at UWTSD. During the next few weeks, Small World Theatre will be assisting school children, students and the public to create their own lanterns ready for the parade by running a series of workshops in the former Prezzo building, St Catherine’s Walk.  These will take place on Saturday October 13th and Saturday 20th and anyone wishing to take part can register to make a lantern for free by visiting tocyn.cymru.  The parade is a chance for the entire community to participate and light the flame of creativity during this very special event.

The celebrations continue throughout October and into November and on Friday, October 26th, Yr Egin will screen a stunnning documentary produced by Richard Rees. The film - Y Tywi - follows the journey of the dark river from sea to source, providing a fascinating perpsective and a chance to experience the state-of-the-art facilities in the auditorium, known as Y Stiwdio Fach.

There will be plenty of music at Yr Egin too with Caryl Parry Jones entertaining young children with songs from her collaboration with Canolfan Peniarth, Caneuon Cŵl on Saturday, October 27th.  And and on Friday, November 2nd, a very special evening with local signer-songwriter, author and scriptwriter Fflur Dafydd will be held at Yr Egin when she’ll be performing alongside talented signer and former UWTSD student, Lleuwen Steffan.

Half term will be filled with have-a-go opportunities for families at Yr Egin.  Activities include Carmarthen Cameras running a live photo/video shoot; an interview technique workshop with Stifyn Parry as well as social media, editing and composing workshops.

Carys Ifan, Director of Yr Egin is looking forward to welcoming visitors into the new building and encouraging people of all ages to take part in the range of events on offer.

“The opening festival programme reflects the key aims of the development – that is to inspire and educate the next generation; to create cultural, economic and social benefits in south west Wales and raise the status of the Welsh language and its culture in a public, contemporary and exciting way,” says Carys Ifan, Director of Canolfan S4C Yr Egin.

“I’m really excited about the events that we have planned - the high calibre of the artists, performers and companies that are engaged in providing these fantastic opportunities is something not to be missed and really sets the bar for future activties. Simply, I urge eveyone to drop in, enjoy a coffee and take part – there’ll be a warm welcoming awaiting you at Yr Egin.”

For further information, please email helo@yregin.cymru or follow Canolfan S4C Yr Egin on Facebook and @yr_egin on Twitter.

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sian-Elin Davies, Principal Communications and PR Officer on 01267 676908 / 07449 998476 sian-elin.davies@uwtsd.ac.uk