Image L-R: The Rt Hon Caryn Jones AM, First Minister of Wales; The Venerable Randolph Thomas, CadChair of Council, University of Wales Trinity Saint David; Professor Medwin Hughes, Vice Chancellor, University of Wales Trinity Saint David
Located within a striking and iconic building, Yr Egin is a centre that brings the creative and digital content industries together to stimulate ideas and connections while nurturing talent and sharing resources under one roof. It is a transformational project that brings together the Welsh Government’s economic, linguistic and cultural policy objectives as noted in the programme for government Taking Wales Forward. It is also due to be part-funded by the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City Deal, subject to approval of the business case, and will create major and positive change in the creative and digital economy of Wales.
First Minister, Carwyn 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 while developing the local economy.
“Our investment in Yr Egin is part of our commitment to deliver better jobs closer to people’s homes and quality Welsh speaking jobs in our heartlands, which will help us meet our goal of 1 million Welsh speakers by 2050.”
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 state-of-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.
Professor Medwin Hughes, DL, Vice-Chancellor, said: “I am delighted that Canolfan S4C Yr Egin has already established itself at the heart of the creative community in Carmarthenshire. We have worked in partnership with S4C, Carmarthenshire County Council, Welsh Government and the Swansea Bay City Deal to deliver an iconic centre that will serve the needs of Wales. In developing Yr Egin, the University was mindful of the need to create an innovative centre that would strengthen digital infrastructure in rural Wales.
“Yr Egin provides an opportunity to maximise the economic, linguistic and social value of attracting S4C to relocate its headquarters to Carmarthenshire through establishing a creative and digital cluster to co-locate with the channel. The vision was to develop a centre that will reflect commercial best practice within the creative sector linked to the UWTSD’s bilingual provision and to create an accelerator that will incorporate the key components of a sustainable, highly productive and competitive hub that will contribute to the creative and digital economies of Wales and the UK.”