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Biggest Weekend's legacy will boost city's creative industries

THE LEGACY of BBC Music's Biggest Weekend is set to live on in the burgeoning creative talent and enterprise of thousands of local children and young people.

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Thanks to a series of collaborations between the BBC, Swansea Council and local partners like Swansea Music Hub, the event is set to continue striking chords in the city for months and years to come.

In the countdown to the Biggest Weekend some of BBC Radio 1's top DJs, music gurus and technical experts set up a series of workshops and events to encourage young people to think about a career in the creative industries.

Over the Biggest Weekend itself 25 young people also got the chance to experience up-close how to broadcast a world-class music festival to millions of fans featuring some of the biggest names in the business.

And the BBC Horizon project - an initiative aimed at supporting local music talent with showcasing opportunities and industry contacts - has also set itself up in the city as a result of the Biggest Weekend.

Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Innovation, Regeneration and Tourism, said: "The benefits of this effort are already being felt with the creation of a music venue map so people can easily see where in Swansea they can see live music. We're also working with local musicians and the Performing Rights Society to promote and improve local venues."

Overall, BBC experts visited 10 schools, giving talks to 2,000 young people about careers in the creative industry. On top of that the Grand Theatre hosted almost 60 events for another 1,000 young people interested in getting into music, film, TV and digital marketing.

As well as that 30 volunteer places have been taken up by local people supporting the live music scene and a Music Wall of Fame painted by Swansea artist Pure Evil is being created to celebrate Swansea and Welsh talent.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: "BBC Music's Biggest Weekend was an amazing event. We're hoping it is just the start of an even bigger story for the creative industries in our city."


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