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Swansea culture chief backs theatre spectacular

A leading figure in Swansea's cultural life is encouraging citizens to support a unique drama event.

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Robert Francis-Davies, Swansea Council's cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, says that Now The Hero is the type of eye catching event the city craves.

He said: "This will be a high-quality performance across a range of different activities; it will be great for the cultural outlook of our city and will build on the top class local scene we already have."

Now The Hero is a promenade performance between Swansea Bay and the Brangwyn Hall.

Performers and ticket buyers will be standing or walking for much of the time.

The event, from September 25-29, is part of 14-18 NOW, an arts programme marking the First World War centenary.

There will be additional activity away from the main Brangwyn performances.

Created by Swansea-born artist Marc Rees, it is the headline piece for the 2018 Swansea International Festival of which the council is a sponsor.

Cllr Francis-Davies said: "This kind of event shines a national spotlight on Swansea and we're looking to attract a range of international visitors to the event.

"It's a dynamic showcase for creative talent - from local amateur performers to international practitioners. We're proud to be supporting it

"Marc Rees has brought together a number of partners, venues, community groups, performers and participants to stage what is likely to be a truly memorable experience.

"This is one kind of eye catching cultural event we want to see here, developed in partnership with the local creative sector and supported by key partners such as the Welsh Government and our universities.

"The council will continue to play its part in helping make the best use of our local talent and natural resources.

"At a time when the arts are under greater threat than ever from funding cuts, Now The Hero demonstrates how important they are in bringing our community together.

"We want to ensure more of this as part of our regeneration and community development plans for the city."

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