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Join us at SWANCOMM FILM FESTIVAL taking place on Saturday, May 26th from 12pm – 3pm at the National Waterfront Museum! 

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The festival is the culmination of the Creative Participation Programme, a collaborative project between Locws International, Adult Learning Wales and eight community focused organisations in Swansea:

SNAP Cymru
EYST Wales
Crisis
Gorseinon Social Centre
Toronto Place Community Centre
Bloom Swansea
Communities For Work
The Wallich

Back for the third year running SwanComm Film Festival will premier films made during our recent community film-making workshops. You will be able to meet with the film-makers and hear about their experience of making these eight unique films about Swansea.

The project saw children, young people and adults throughout Swansea gain creative film-making skills and enabled community members to come together to learn the theory and technical skills of making films as diverse as documentary, comic-horror, and animated movies.

Under the engaging instruction of local filmmakers Jamie Panton and David Marchant, the groups gained skills in interview techniques, camera work, directing, animation, filming on location, lighting and audio. Eight film-making courses were held and were attended by participants as young as 7 years and as wise as 58 years, participants over the age of 16 were also given the opportunity to gain accreditations courtesy of Adult Learning Wales.

SwanComm Film Festival aims to bring the City together to hear the voices of the community as they talk about their experiences of living in Swansea.

Thanks goes to all our fantastic funders and partners for making this project possible: Arts Council of Wales, Millenium Stadium Charitable Trust, Swansea Council, Welsh Government’s Fusion project (#CyfunoFusion#FusionSwansea), Adult Learning Wales, Persimmon Homes, The National Lottery, National Waterfront Museum, and the David & Christopher Lewis Trust

Locws International is a Localgiving charity and you can support our work by donating here: http://bit.ly/2G6a98E

 

 

 

LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 8 : The Wallich, 24th – 27th April

LOCWS International are proud to work alongside The Wallich for the eighth film course on the LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018Tutor and Film-Maker Jamie Panton, worked with individuals from The Wallich over 4 days at The National Waterfront Museum to deliver Agored Cymru accreditions in partnership with Adult Learning Wales. 

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see the film and join us for a screening of the film in the SwanComm Film Festival on May 26th at The National Waterfront Museum.

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 7 : SNAP Cymru, 10th – 12th April

LOCWS International reached out to the wonderful childrens chairty; SNAP Cymru to make film number seven on this year’s LOCWS Creative Participation Programme.  Tutor, artist and professional film-maker; David Marchant worked with individuals from SNAP over 3 days at their centre in Swansea to create a unique short film using various film-making techniques including stop-frame animation and filming in front of a green screen!

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see the film and join us for a screening of the film in the SwanComm Film Festival on May 26th at The National Waterfront Museum (12-3pm).

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 6 : Crisis, 20th – 23rd Mar

LOCWS International are proud to work with Crisis for the sixth film course on the LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018Tutor and professional Film-Maker; Jamie Panton, worked with individuals from Crisis over 4 days at Volcano Theatre to deliver the Agored Cymru accredited course in partnership with Adult Learning Wales.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see the film and join us for a screening of the film in the SwanComm Film Festival on May 26th at The National Waterfront Museum (12-3pm).

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 5 : CCS Communities For Work, 13th – 16th Mar

LOCWS International are proud to work alongside Communities For Work and City and County of Swansea for the fifth film course on the LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018Tutor and Film-Maker Jamie Panton, worked with individuals from the Communities For Work support programme over 4 days at Volcano Theatre to deliver the Agored Cymru accredited course in partnership with Adult Learning Wales. This course was developed with support from the Welsh Government Fusion Programme ‘Creating Opportunities Through Culture’.  The Fusion programme promotes cultural projects that support confidence and empowerment, that use arts and culture as tools to improve physical and mental health and well-being, and which develop employability skills, particularly through accredited skills, courses and placements.

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see the film and join us for a screening of the film in the SwanComm Film Festival on May 26th at The National Waterfront Museum.

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 4 : Bloom Project, 6th – 9th Mar

LOCWS International are really excited to be working with the incredible Bloom Project on our Locws Outreach programme! The film-making course took place at Volcano Theatre and the group kicked off the first day with lots of interesting discussions and ideas.

The film is called ‘Bloom TV‘ and it is packed full of slap-stick humour, comedy out-takes, and TV channel classics. Local film-maker Dave Marchant is working with this fantastic group of people and we can’t wait to see the finished film.

“I think the course made me think about doing more courses. I improved my computer experience. It’s a really great course.”

Keep an eye on our YouTube channel to see the film and join us for a screening of the film in the SwanComm Film Festival on May 26th at The National Waterfront Museum.

Thanks goes to our workshop leader, Dave Marchant, our wonderful volunteer, Stuart Rodger, the lovely people at Volcano TheatreChris, Rachel, Biniam, and all the participants from Bloom!

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 3 : Toronto Place, 27th Feb – 13th Mar

LOCWS International are proud to return to Toronto Place for a second year to run a 4 day film workshop. The enthusiastic group designed and created a unique short film from start to finish, it is one of 8 films made with community groups across Swansea as part of the 2018 Locws Outreach Programme.

A dynamic group of adults at Toronto Place took part in the workshop with local artist and film-maker David Marchant. The group developed themes around the activities that usually take place at the centre, including theatre and dance, cookery, jewellery making, and social activities for friends to come together and enjoy.

Staff members at the centre were really pleased with the way the service users were excited and enthusiastic about the whole project, ‘everyone got involved and wanted to have a go.‘ One participant in particular, who previously found it challenging to stay engaged with some activities, was completely engrossed in sound production and spent many hours using the keyboard and other equipment which amazed the staff.

Thanks goes to all the participants and staff at Toronto Place, our volunteers Stuart Rodger and Carys Marchant, and our workshop tutor David Marchant.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel to watch the completed film.

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 2 : EYST – Ethic Youth Support Team, 20th – 23rd Feb

LOCWS International hosted a 4 day film workshop during Half-Term as part of our 2018 outreach programme, which will include producing 8 films with community groups across Swansea.

An enthusiastic group of young people at EYST ( Ethnic Youth Support Team ) took part in the film-making workshop with local film-maker Jamie Panton. The group developed themes around multiculturalism in Swansea while thinking about the idea of ‘belonging’. The group had a fantastic week of new experiences; “It was fun as the work was challenging and productive.” – one member of the group said.

Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel to watch the completed film.

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LOCWS Creative Participation Programme 2018

Workshop 1 : Gorseinon Social Centre, 5th – 12th Feb

LOCWS International are pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 outreach programme, this year we will be producing 8 films with community groups across Swansea. An enthusiastic group of adults at the Gorseinon Social Centre took part in the first workshop with local artist and film-maker David Marchant. The group developed a ‘Ghost Train’ theme from drawn artworks produced during the planning session, this led to adventurous acting, stop-frame animations and the production of a musical soundtrack to accompany the moving images. Stay tuned to our YouTube Channel to watch the completed film.

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Thanks to Swansea County Council and the Friends of Oystermouth Castle visitors can now find more colourful flags from our Year of Legends: Swansea Bay Legends themed Locws schools project at the castle. More will be appearing on the castle walls and on the flagpole over the coming weeks in addition to the eight flags that are already currently situated at the castle.

As the current public art installation featuring the flags at 360 on Oystermouth Road will be coming to an end, more flags will be joining the current installation at the castle.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting an animal and flowers in a forestThe collaborative project between Swansea County Council’s Education Department, Oystermouth Castle’s Community Officer and Locws International saw 8 schools throughout the city visit the castle and receive guided tours with the castle’s Community Officer, Erika Kluge and Locws International’s Artist in Residence, Dave Marchant.

Schools were provided with opportunities to learn about the heritage and history of the castle and imagine the castle’s inhabitants, visitors and goings on through the ages. Following on from their time at the castle the children returned to the classrooms to begin the creative process of interpreting all they had learned in to drawings and flag designs.

Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a dragon swirling on the flag

The project saw incredible work produced by each of the schools and the resultant public art installation has been widely talked about by people across the city who commented on what a fabulous and colourful addition it made to the sea front this summer.Locws International's Locws Schools Swansea Bay Legends Flag by Penyrheol School depicting a king in his crown and a soldier in his armour.locws international art across the city swansea bay year of legends colourful flag installation in Swansea Bay