Welcome to Pontio

Bangor University welcomes you to Pontio – our centre offering an exciting and unique blend of Arts and Culture, Innovation, Education and Community.

The name ‘Pontio’ – a Welsh word which means “to bridge” – captures the essence of our new centre. Pontio brings town and gown together in a real and tangible manner as everyone comes together in innovation, learning, cinema, theatre and places to eat and drink.

Pontio showcases the very best from the world of arts and culture, including drama, music, dance, and contemporary circus both local and international. It provides valuable inter-connecting space for innovation and enterprise, bringing the University’s expertise in research, design and product development together with business and enterprise in our region. Pontio also serves as a focal point for students, with new Students’ Union offices and high quality teaching and social spaces to be enjoyed by all.

Most importantly, Pontio adds significantly to the amenities within Bangor and the surrounding areas for the economic, social and cultural benefit of both the University and of the wider community. In doing so, the Pontio centre lives up to its name and its vision by providing a bridge between various facets of the University and the community within north-west Wales.

Pontio has been funded by Bangor University, together with significant assistance from the Welsh Government, the European Regional Development Fund and the Arts Council of Wales.

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*Pontio is funded through the Welsh Government’s Strategic Capital Infrastructure Fund (SCIF), the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), Bangor University and the Arts Council of Wales.