Swansea may have missed out on the title as the UK’s City of Culture for 2017, but that doesn’t really diminish the fact that Swansea is bursting with it. For new students, and for those returning here’s what’s new to explore in Swansea this autumn, writes Hilary Webb.
The nightlife is a huge part of Swansea and as students; we’re pretty keen on it too. Many were heartbroken at the end of last term when it was announced that the much loved Oceana was shutting down. Don’t fear though, we haven’t been left with one less nightclub.
As you’ve probably noticed a new club called Fiction has now opened on Little Wind Street. The £1.2 million club is said to be a place ‘where people can step away from reality and the daily pressures of life and enter a world of ‘Fiction’’ according to the club’s owner Jon Jackson.
The big event for Fiction this autumn is happening on Friday 17th October, when international TV star, fitness model and more importantly DJ, Joel Corry will be headlining as well as having a meet and greet with Fiction fans.
Meanwhile, SUSU’s dedicated city centre live music venue Sin City has just undergone a re-brand and refurbishments. The venue is the home of established club nights; Sin Savers, Monsters of Rock and Sink, as well as playing host to many big names.
Here’s a word from the boss, Big G, regarding the new look: “This summer has been the most exciting in Sin City’s history. We’ve re-branded the venue and have invested into key areas of the club, after listening to student feedback about what was important to them. The venue is much cleaner and much more comfortable than it used to be. Head over to the new look website www.sincityclub.co.uk to check out what’s going on.”
Coming up on November 2 is surf band Sunset Sons, who will be visiting Sin City as part of their UK tour. The British–Australian quartet are huge amongst Europe’s surfing community.
For a night out that’s a little more alternative, there’s a new event taking place at Mozarts every second and third Thursday of the month. Organised by third year English literature student Tyler Zammit, HOWL is a chance for budding writers and poets to perform at an open mic night.
Tyler describes it not as an event but as a ‘platform for anyone in Swansea to perform and promote their own works’. HOWL is not limited to just poetry though, the event is open to spoken word, short fiction, even journalism and monologues. The writers that participate in HOWL also have the opportunity to perform at Uplands Market on Saturday mornings.
The Dylan Thomas Centre, not far from Wind Street, has some exciting events on the cards this autumn. You can’t come to Swansea without being bombarded with the fact that we are currently celebrating Dylan Thomas’ centenary year, but this October 27th is the big day, his 100th birthday. The Dylan Thomas exhibition is being re-launched on this day following a HLF funded refurbishment including a 3D interactive timeline of his life.
Another exciting exhibition that’s open until December is a collection of manuscripts and black and white photos on loan from the US of Dylan Thomas’ time in New York. This exhibition is one not to miss as many of the manuscripts and photos have not been widely reproduced or displayed before now.
As well as all of this the 12th December is a date to save as poets Carol Anne Duffy and Gillian Clarke present two readings at the Dylan Thomas Centre.
With all this and more happening in Swansea this autumn we have no excuses to be bored.