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The Grand Memory: Past, Present, Future is a project created by Race Council Cymru for the GRAND Multicultural HUB and funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund.

This project captures people’s memories of what the Grand building means to them and shines a light on their stories using photographs and interviews, exploring how the building has evolved over the years to where it is today, how it has captured the hearts of many and what the future will look like. This project also explores the importance of such an iconic place and how it develops within an ever-changing city to remain a building that encourages everybody to visit and experience something new.

Established in 1897 Swansea’s Grand Theatre is a building with rich cultural history, it is an integral centrepiece of Swansea City. It has stood strong and proud for over 120 years and has opened its doors for audiences to watch performances from comedy duo Ryan and Ronnie to local legend Catherine Zeta Jones.

Race Council Cymru is currently creating the first multicultural hub in Wales which will be based within the Arts Wing of the Swansea Grand Theatre. The Grand Hub is a partnership of 23 diverse grassroots ethnic minority groups who will be based within the Grand building. The communities officially named the new cultural centre in Swansea, The Grand Multicultural Hub. The hub aspires to develop a new innovative Contemporary Programme of professional performance, cultural celebration and community practice.

The Arts Wing has been refurbished to support the many new activities that will take place and to support local communities to work together to share information and resources, creative and cultural events and celebrations, all under one roof.

This project gains an insight into what this building means to people individually and for them to share their experiences of visiting, working, performing at The Grand from different perspectives. We also get an insight into how the building has evolved over the years and what it has to offer now and in the years to come.

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