Dates announced. Free Film Workshops for Communities First area residents.
If you love film or are interested in a career in film and live in a Swansea Communities First area come along to film making courses delivered by LOCWS International, where you can gain a relevant qualification for free!
Sian Parker-Martin, Arts Outreach Co-ordinator from LOCWS International has shared the following article and explains this year’s exciting programme. Dates and booking details are immediately below.
Following the success of last year’s workshops, LOCWS International will once again be delivering free film-making workshops for Communities First residents throughout Swansea. Led by filmmaker, Jamie Panton, workshops will take place during February and March at venues throughout the city.
The dates of the courses are as follows (areas are Communities First cluster areas):
East: 27th February to 2nd March (Mon – Thurs)
West: 3rd to 8th March (please note Friday start followed by Mon/Tues/Weds0
North East: 13th to 16th March (Mon – Thurs)
South: 20th to 23rd March (Mon – Thurs)
North West: 27th to 30th March (Mon – Thurs)
All course start at 10;00 and finish at 14:30.
If you’re not sure which area you come under here’s a list of the areas covered by each Communities First cluster:
East: St Thomas, Port Tennant, Trallwn, Bonymaen and part of Birchgrove
West: Townhill, Mayhill, Waun Wen, Brynmelyn and Gors
North East: Clase, Caemawr, Graigfelen and part of Morriston
South: Sketty Park, Sandfields, Dyfatty, Hafoka, Landore, Brynhyfryd and Plasmarl
North West: Blaenymaes, Portmead, Penplas, Penlan and part of Gendros
Hope this helps!
Sign up with Communities First ASAP if you are interested. Need any help to sign up? email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full address.
Last year’s programme of workshops saw participants script, develop, film and edit their own community-based films. Thitreen films were produced across six Communities First areas and culminated in Swansea’s first community-led, and organised SwanComm Film Festival.
Working in partnership with Swansea Communities First and the Workers’ Educational Association Cymru the programme offers accredited workshops over four consecutive days between 10 am and 2.30 pm. These workshops are suitable for children and adults from age 10 onwards. This year’s exciting programme will also offer participants the opportunity to showcase their films in the festival and take part in organising, and running the festival.
A short film documenting the experiences of participants following the workshops demonstrates the positive impact of the programme. Siân Parker-Martin, Arts Outreach Co-ordinator from LOCWS International said, “Last year’s programme was incredibly successful with over 100 people having participated in the creation of some truly wonderful films that were then showcased in the first SwanComm Film Festival and we’d love to see more people being able to take part in this opportunity this year”, ”If you work with any organisations who may have eligible groups, please pass on the information by sending them the link to this post or pass on the information to those you think may have an interest. Alternatively, if you or someone you know is interested, either contact the Communities First Office in your area or email me at email@example.com”.
The programme is cited ‘as one of the exemplar projects to emerge from the Swansea Pioneer Area in 2015-16’ by the Welsh Government and was used as a case study and in best practice guidance to illustrate the approaches and impact of The Fusion: Tackling Poverty through Culture Programme that supports the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.
The programme also supports Communities First priorities in helping people to further develop employability skills, gain qualifications and extend the opportunity for the wider community to take part in cultural activity, focusing on skills development, fostering confidence and wellbeing, and broadening peoples’ experiences and opportunities. The programme is supported by Communities First, Arts Council Wales, Welsh Government and WEA Cymru.
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