Creative North Wales host their first conference in Pontio, Bangor

Date: 26/06/2019


Creative North Wales recently hosted their first conference at Pontio, Bangor. Creative North Wales is a network for companies and organizations in the creative-digital industries in North Wales that work to encourage collaboration and share good practice, while also ensuring that young people have the right skills for future jobs.

The conference opened with Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Dafydd Elis-Thomas announcing that a new Creative Wales will operate on a 'regional' principle and level with Creative North Wales.

Following this the latest developments were discussed by some of the region's leading creative-digital companies, and it was a chance for members of the industry to hear from numerous influential and inspirational people.

This included S4C’s Online Content Commissioner and blogger, Rhodri ap Dyfrig who spoke about the future of creative broadcasting. Also, critically acclaimed actor, screenwriter and co-founder of Mad as Birds Films, Celyn Jones, discussed his upcoming films and the potential of the film industry in Wales.

Rob Griffith from Grwp Llandrillo Menai, formerly of TT Games and Sony, discussed what Grwp Llandrillo are doing to grow the gaming sector in north Wales, such as supporting and training new developers, and also talked about the relationship between the digital creative industry and education. He was joined by GT Studios, an up and coming Games Development studio supported by Grwp Llandrillo, who talked about the first game they are developing and their upcoming projects.

A team from the Creative Industries Department of the Welsh Government held a session on how the Welsh Government could support the creative industry, which was followed by a discussion session on improving skills in the sector.

Following the conference Chair of creative North Wales, Garffild Lewis said “It was great to see so many people from the industry coming together. I look forward to seeing the Network work with the Welsh Government to develop Creative North Wales activities for the future”.

Councillor Gareth Thomas, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Community, said: “I am very happy that Gwynedd Council is providing an administration for the partnership. Especially as it will be important in creating a strong economy for the County and the whole region. This strong economy will be created by using front-line technicians, which in turn, can create high value jobs in the future.”

PHOTOGRAPH: Creative North Wales’s first conference at Pontio