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Man Engine Cymru. Swansea 2018

Start Date: 12 April 2018
End Date: 12 April 2018

An EPIC chance to see this huge, moving, steaming, mechanical Man Engine up close in Swansea

This is such a unique opportunity to see this giant miner mechanical puppet, as he moves through Swansea City Centre the National Waterfront Museum.

This 11.2m tall puppet is a spectacular engineering feat designed to celebrate the rich mining heritage of south Wales. each stop on the Man Engine’s tour of Wales will offer bespoke spectacles, from gripping theatrics and nostalgic choral renditions, to traditional Welsh storytelling and as part of the finale there will be an awe inspiring after-dark fire show at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks, Swansea.  

‌The Welsh tour is a collaboration among the cultural sector in Wales, with Swansea University working in partnership with the Welsh Government’s historic environment service (Cadw), Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales, four local authorities (Torfaen, Blaenau Gwent, Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf and Swansea), Head 4 Arts and Golden Tree Productions.

Will Coleman, the creator of the Man Engine said: “Our big boy is setting off in the footsteps of the Cornish Cousin Jacks, and we’re delighted that we’re bringing him to south Wales where mines, collieries, trams and trains once dominated the landscape. We have a global ambition to take the Man Engine to all the significant mining and industrial heritage sites across the world, so bringing him to south Wales with its major industrial heritage status, is an ideal stop on his UK-wide journey."

The Largest Mechanical Puppet Ever Constructed in Britain will begin its parade from the Waterfront Museum at 2.15pm where it will collect some copper ore, it will carry this ore along the High Street past Volcano Theatre and end at the Train Station at 3pm. To celebrate this, the Volcano are opening our doors from 12noon and providing help, materials and a celebratory atmosphere for parents and children who want to dress up as their very own Kid Engines who can then wave along the huge puppet as it makes its way towards its final destination of Hafod-Morfa Copperworks.



Swansea Waterfront
Swanea Waterfront


Hafod Copperworks



11am until 1.15pm at National Waterfront Museum

Parade from National Waterfront Museum will start around 2.15pm heading past Train Station to final destination at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks


6.30pm until 9.30pm at Hafod-Morfa Copperworks



This is a FREE and un-ticketed event around Swansea City Centre and around the National Waterfront Museum.

The finale event at the Hafod-Morfa Copperworks is ticketed. Prices are Adult £3, Concessions £2.50 and can be booked online here



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