A recent conference jointly organised by Sgiliaith and Hunaniaith gave Creative Arts students from Coleg Menai the opportunity to listen and chat to actors, directors, artists and other professionals, gaining valuable insight into the importance of Welsh language skills in the sector.

The conference took place on Valentine’s Day at Plas Menai, Felinheli, when students following courses in Art and Design, Media Production (TV and Film) and Performing Arts at the college enjoyed a day of practical sessions, masterclasses and a presentation by guest speaker, Tudur Owen.

Tudur spoke candidly to the students about his own experiences within the industry, and explained how he has successfully used the Welsh language and culture to make himself stand out as a comedian. He also recounted the time when the accuracy of his spoken Welsh was questioned, and urged the students to make the language their own, and to use it in whatever way felt natural to them.

The masterclasses took place after lunch, and were hosted by a mixture of artists, television producers and directors, camera operators, sound technicians, actors, singers and writers, including household names such as Lisa Jên, Ffion Dafis, Manon Awst, Cliff Jones and Dic Ben.

Grŵp Llandrillo Menai’s Bilingualism Officer, Sioned Williams said,

We were delighted to welcome our students to this conference on the use of the Welsh language within the Creative Industries, and would like to thank all of the guest speakers and professionals who took part for giving up their time to come.

She added,

Events like these are so important for students, and enable them to make informed decisions about their futures. I think our students have realised today that bilingualism within this industry can be extremely beneficial, and I hope that they feel inspired after speaking to those already working in the sector.

For more information on bilingualism and Welsh and English communication skills for the post-14 education sector, or to arrange training, go to www.gllm.ac.uk/sgiliaith/

For more information on courses at Coleg Menai, please visit www.gllm.ac.uk