Voices, faces and places

Voices, faces and places | Swansea University

Our Wales hub features creative and interactive activities on a diverse range of subjects. Be transported to the magical realm of Egyptian mummies and friendly and menacing demons, uncover family histories relating to the British Empire, make faces and stories, dress up in 1920s clothes, become a film critic, take multilingual snaps, and even have a medieval makeover. Audiences can join poets Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra, experience an evening of Welsh national football fever with director Jonny Owen, or discover lost and new voices in the multilingual city of Swansea.

We want your Welsh! Rho dy Gymraeg I ni!

Siarad Cymraeg? If so, then come along and be a film critic for the afternoon! This event will be showing short clips from different videos and letting you and your friends say what you think of them. You will also get the chance to hear about the exciting community driven project called CorCenCC, which is collecting all kinds of Welsh from all over Wales, as well as how to download and use its fantastic new app.

Egyptian mummy meets demons: voices, faces, faraway places

Come along and be transported into the magical realm of mummies, and meet friendly and menacing demons for a fun packed morning with mummy and demon expert Dr Kasia Szpakowska. Link voices and faces in our ‘matching pairs’ game, learn about demons and ancient Egypt, meet the mummy and have a chance to decorate your own mummy in our creative Egyptian workshops. All mummy and demon-inspired costumes welcome and encouraged! This event is family friendly.

Bay of plenty: stories of the city, campus and culture

As Swansea University approaches its centenary in 2020, bring the whole family along as we begin our 100th birthday celebrations! Dr Sam Blaxland will tell stories about the University and city, you’ll have a chance to dress up in 1920s clothes and robes and have fun recreating our oldest building, Singleton Abbey! This event is family friendly.

Football fever – Jonny Owen and Don’t Take Me Home

Join award winning director Jonny Owen (and Welsh football fan!), sports historians and film experts for a Q&A and special screening of Don’t Take Me Home, which documents the Welsh national football team’s incredible run to the semi-finals of the 2016 European Championships. The film tells the story of a success that gripped a nation and took the football world by surprise from the perspective of the players and the fans. This event is for 12+.

Wales/Cymru, refugees, voices, (hi)stories

What does it mean to travel to Wales as a refugee and settle on a more permanent basis? How have refugees’ voices and (hi)stories been interpreted / understood? Come along to Swansea Museum to meet contemporary refugees, hear their (hi)stories and voices, respond to their stories and others through performance and other creative activities and learn about oral history. This event is aimed at 14-18 year olds.

My family and empire

Do you have a family story connected to the British Empire? Or are you simply interested in learning more? Here’s a chance to put your own experiences, and those of relatives and friends, into historical context. Bring along letters, photographs and objects and explore how and where to research your own family histories. The event is led by Dr Catherine Fletcher, whose grandparents worked as missionaries in India in the mid-1900s. Age 11+.

Making faces: beauty lost and found

Come along and discover the fascinating world of the face, from medieval beauty regimes to the disfiguring effects of work, from historic dental routines to the changing attitudes towards spectacles. Take the Implicit Bias test to see just how you respond to faces that look different, and find out about the work of Changing Faces. Join in our discussion about computer games that use scarring and facial disfigurement as entertainment and find out who has won our ‘make a face’ competition! And get ready to take interesting selfies…..Please bring your own device! Suitable for 14 years and over.

Voices for today

Is literature the most powerful means we have for recording and exploring lived experience? Can fiction, poetry or memoir capture the tumultuous times we live in? Or is literature merely escapism? Award-winning writers Jasmine Donahaye, Anne Lauppe-Dunbar, Francesca Rhydderch, and Rebecca F. John, read from new work and talk about the challenges facing a writer in times of great political and cultural change. Come along and share the title of your favourite book that has made you think about the connections between literature, society and politics.

An evening of poetry with Simon Armitage and Daljit Nagra

Come along to this rare dynamic double-bill of two award-winning poets. As well as being two of the most exciting and relevant poets in the UK today Simon Armitage, Oxford Professor of Poetry, and Daljit Nagra, Poet in Residence for Radio 4, are also experienced broadcasters. Daljit Nagra will read from British Museum – a book that asks profound questions of our ethics and responsibilities at a time of great challenge to our sense of national identity. Simon Armitage will read from The Unaccompanied, which documents a world on the brink. A discussion and Q&A will follow the reading.

Multilingual Swansea – a celebration!

Swansea has a rich variety of language communities, dialects, accents, alphabets and scripts – how much of this can be captured in pictures? Join us for ‘Multilingual Swansea’, a family friendly evening of photography, poetry and music, and a celebration of voices. You’ll have a chance to see photographic responses from the public, engage with local poets, artists and musicians, and find out our competition winners.

Pieces of a Jigsaw: portraits of artists and writers in Wales

This event is an exhibition and book launch featuring Pieces of a Jigsaw, a unique collection of portraits from the Welsh arts scene taken by Bernard Mitchell. The book features a selection from the Welsh Arts Archive project which began in 1966 with a series of portraits of Dylan Thomas’ Swansea friends, including artists Ceri Richards and Alfred Janes, poet Vernon Watkins and composer Daniel Jones. In 1990 Bernard Mitchell recommenced his work and added many more artists and writers including Will Roberts, Mererid Hopwood, Josef Herman, John Petts, Ivor Roberts Jones, Glenys Cour and Ernest Zobole.