Urban Foundry, the creative regeneration agency behind Uplands Market, has taken over a venue in Little Wind Street for a few months.
Unit Nineteen is a new pop-up space in Swansea and it will be used for live music, exhibitions, talks, workshops and performances. It's also a venue that can be hired by people and organisations to turn their own ideas into reality.
Dr Ben Reynolds who runs Urban Foundry says, "We have a very solid background in projects that have a regenerative and positive impact on people and places. The thinking behind Unit Nineteen is to demonstrate an alternative use for an empty nightclub and contribute to a more sustainable and prosperous Swansea".
Swansea BID (the private sector led and managed organisation operating in the City Centre) and the Local Authority's City Centre Management are supporting it as part of their work to enhance the vibrancy of the City Centre during the twilight period.
Russell Greenslade, Chief Executive, Swansea BID says; "Swansea City Centre has been awarded a Purple Flag status for the last two years. This is in recognition of Swansea's vibrant night economy, something that Swansea BID has worked very hard to support and promote by linking the day time economy to the evening economy. The Unit Nineteen project enhances this with enticing events such as Street Food Friday, which will appeal to families and people who have just finished work in City Centre businesses for the weekend. So we are pleased to be involved as a main sponsor to help make it happen."
Sustainability is at the heart of the venture - even the furniture has been upcycled from old pieces of wood, pallets and spools. The event is undercover and it has been timed so it attracts the after-work crowd and families.
Street Food Friday launches this Friday April 7th 5pm - 9:30pm. Street food traders will be selling an array of delicious food (including gluten free and vegan fare) alongside a pop-up bottle bar and live music.
Traders include: Mr Croquewich (Holly Willoughby said "Best cheese toasted sandwich I've ever eaten")
Taste of Persia - Delicious Persian treats (including falafel wraps).
Gluten Free Uprising with a delicious array of award winning gluten free goodies and vegan treats.
Dusty Knuckle Pizza and wood fired pizzas (cooked in their pizza oven).
Bwydiful selling their famous steak burgers.
Café Piccolo selling locally sourced tea and coffee.
Ele's Little Kitchen selling paellas, Mediterranean tapas and montaditos.
'Bar 19' with wine and cider supplied by ND John and ale from Untapped Brewery (all vegan friendly).
Local musician Sarah Passmore will be performing live.