First Minister opens S4C headquarters
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.”
The lantern parade from Carmarthen town centre to Yr Egin as part of its official opening.