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Unit Nineteen

The idea

Transform a disused nightclub in Little Wind Street Swansea into a pop-up events space and offer engaging and vibrant activities to new audiences.

Wind Street is a part of the city that is very heavily focused on a pub and club late night economy, catering to a specific demographic. The landlord wanted to broaden the offer and change perceptions of the area.

The activity

Unit Nineteen was conceived as a pop-up multi-purpose space with a series of socially enterprising creative initiatives focused on attracting new audiences and changing perceptions of the area.

Street Food Friday runs monthly and brings an array of delicious Welsh street food (with options for vegans and gluten free diets), live music and a pop-up bar to Little Wind Street from 5pm – 9:30pm. This is sponsored by Swansea BID and City & County of Swansea as part of their work to enhance Swansea’s early evening economy.

An indoor park was created for two weeks to promote Natural Resources Wales’ work on the ecological and social benefits of green spaces (particularly in urban areas). The park hosted wellbeing & yoga classes, a conference on green infrastructure, and free play sessions for children.

The project is ongoing with live music events, mini-festivals, workshops, launches and classes planned for the near future.

The results

The venue has been incredibly popular, attracting large crowds every month, with the Street Food Friday events particularly attracting significant interest. The majority of attendees are people dropping in after work and families – people who would not usually visit the City Centre in the early evening. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, with people feeling that it meets a real need in Swansea and lots of demand expressed for more activities and events.

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Street Food Friday

  • "Really cool people, loads of families, it’s definitely the best place in Swansea at the moment."
    Victoria Lee