The City Centre was a vision in purple on Friday and Saturday 29th and 30th of September when crowds gathered to enjoy the thrills and spills of the Swansea Big Weekend.
The lively roster of events was organised to mark the fact that Swansea has the right to fly the Purple Flag – the gold standard for offering a diverse, safe and enjoyable night out.
A host of fun activities went ahead throughout the City Centre, across several venues and performance spaces, from theatre acts, street markets, film screenings, music, restaurant offers, dance, games, comedy, sporting activities and more – and the event incorporated Swansea Fringe Festival, with alternative acts in comedy, music, poetry and theatre at venues across High Street, Castle Street and beyond.
The Urban Foundry, the team behind Uplands Market, Marina Market and Unit Nineteen, hosted a street food market in front of Swansea Castle with some of their most popular vendors, and crowds dusted off their pink satin jackets for a crowd-pulling, finger-popping interactive showing of Grease, with performers from Mark Jermin’s Stage School bringing some of its characters to life.
Swansea BID Chief Executive, Russell Greenslade, said: “The Swansea Big Weekend and the Swansea Fringe are the kind of creative, vivid events that Swansea does so well and it was great to see so many people in the City Centre having a great time.
“I’m delighted so many BID businesses got involved in the events by hosting acts and activities and serving up specially themed products. Of course, one of our key priorities at Swansea BID is to ensure everyone has an enjoyable and safe time in the City Centre so we were pleased to be able to help South Wales Police and the other members of the Safer Swansea Partnership by manning the new Safe Space, designed to give anyone in distress a safe place to gather themselves and get the support they need. Well done Swansea for bringing the party to the city centre. We look forward to the next one.”