First Min­is­ter opens S4C head­quar­ters

Carmarthen Journal - - News -

CANOL­FAN S4C Yr Egin has been of­fi­cially opened by the First Min­is­ter of Wales.

The Univer­sity of Wales Trin­ity Saint David’s new cre­ative and dig­i­tal cen­tre wel­comed AM Car­wyn Jones to the spe­cial evening, which saw an im­pres­sive lantern pa­rade from the town cen­tre to Yr Egin in Col­lege Road.

Lo­cated within a strik­ing and iconic build­ing, as well as be­ing the new ad­min­is­tra­tive head­quar­ters of S4C, Yr Egin is a cen­tre that brings the cre­ative and dig­i­tal con­tent in­dus­tries to­gether.

Mr Jones, said: “We are pleased to be back­ing this project which will see an in­no­va­tive hub for the cre­ative in­dus­tries be­ing es­tab­lished in Car­marthen.

“Yr Egin very much sup­ports both the Welsh Gov­ern­ment and S4C’s vi­sion to grow our cre­ative in­dus­try whiet also de­vel­op­ing the lo­cal econ­omy.”

Hav­ing opened to the pub­lic ear­lier this au­tumn, Yr Egin is al­ready es­tab­lish­ing it­self at the heart of the univer­sity’s Car­marthen cam­pus pro­vid­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the cre­ative in­dus­tries, stu­dents and staff as well as the lo­cal com­mu­nity, to cre­ate, learn and en­joy its sta­teof- the- art fa­cil­i­ties.

The cen­tre, which in­cludes an au­di­to­rium; edit­ing suites; a large per­for­mance area, and a café, will of­fer a var­ied pro­gramme of events, work­shops, talks and screen­ings for mem­bers of the pub­lic as well as those work­ing in the cre­ative and dig­i­tal in­dus­tries.

With S4C as the main an­chor ten­ant, Yr Egin is also home to a range of com­pa­nies work­ing in the cre­ative in­dus­tries as well as fi­nan­cial man­age­ment for the cre­ative in­dus­tries.

Pro­fes­sor Med­win Hughes, vicechan­cel­lor at the univer­sity, said: “I am de­lighted that Canol­fan S4C Yr Egin has al­ready es­tab­lished it­self at the heart of the cre­ative com­mu­nity in Car­marthen­shire.”

Huw Jones, chair­man of S4C said: “The move to yr Egin is an im­por­tant mile­stone for S4C.

“We are con­fi­dent this his­toric re­lo­ca­tion will be a cat­a­lyst to sup­port em­ploy­ment and the Welsh lan­guage.

“The state-of-the-art fa­cil­i­ties and de­sir­able lo­ca­tion make it an at­trac­tive place to work.”

Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil leader Em­lyn Dole said: “Canol­fan S4C Yr Egin is an iconic de­vel­op­ment that will fur­ther put Car­marthen­shire on the map as a county that em­braces the cre­ative in­dus­tries.

“The re­lo­ca­tion of S4C’s head­quar­ters to the build­ing and the num­ber of ad­di­tional ten­ants who have al­ready moved in speaks vol­umes for the de­vel­op­ment’s qual­ity and vi­sion.”

Pic­ture: Aled Lly­we­lyn

The lantern pa­rade from Car­marthen town cen­tre to Yr Egin as part of its of­fi­cial open­ing.

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