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Excitement mounts as Swansea 50 street party nears

The people of an historic neighbourhood are gearing up for a free street party celebrating 50 years of Swansea – and residents from across the city are invited!

Residents of Sandfields will get together with friends from across Swansea on June 27 to help mark half a century of city status.

Starting at 3.30pm – convenient for those towards the end of their school and work day, it will feature live music, other performances, street food and free activities. There will be art, poetry, drumming, a pop-up skate park, rides and games.

Also being planned are a 50 years pop-up museum, outdoor art, talks and conversation along with a local heritage exhibition, tai chi and henna tattoos.

Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “This community event aims to embody all that’s good about Sandfields and Swansea – and people from all over the city are invited. I’m sure there’ll be a real buzz on the day and I hope that residents and visitors have a great time!

“There’s a lot planned for Swansea 50 and neighbourhood activity like this is part of the celebration.

“I urge other communities to host their own street parties – the council will do all it can to help.”

Prince Charles visited Swansea in July 1969 after his investiture as the Prince of Wales. He delivered the proclamation that the town was to become a city. Swansea officially became a city that December.

The council has much information about holding a street party, including whether road closures or licences are needed.

Local councillors may be able to assist if party organisers would like items such as Swansea 50 branded bunting or other decorations.

The Sandfields event, in St Helen’s Road, is being backed by the Fusion Programme, a Welsh Government-backed initiative managed by the council’s cultural services team.

Partners include the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, the Ethnic Youth Support Team, Swansea Museum, Urban Foundry, Natural Resources Wales and St Helen’s Primary School. Other partners include Elysium Artists, Arts Council of Wales, The YMCA, Swansea Mosque and Exist Skate Park. 

Organise a street party: www.swansea50.co.uk/organise-a-street-party