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Olympics comes to Cardiff

City Hall Olympic RingsThere is now less than a week to go until the Cardiff Olympics kick off.  (Okay, I know they're really the London Olympics but as the first action is here we'll claim them as our own).

The action starts at the Millennium Stadium on Wednesday 25 July with a game of women's football between Britain and New Zealand followed straight after by Cameroon taking on Brazil.  There's action on the pitch throughout the games with a further 9 games set to take place.

But it's not just at the Millennium Stadium where you can get in the Olympic spirit with other events taking place throughout the city to celebrate the occasion. 

London 2012 Olympic Festival

Various Locations

21 June - 9 September 2012


Cardiff joins other cities in a 12-week London 2012 Olympic Festival programme which will run from 21 June to 9 September. Various events, activities and performances will be held throughout the city at venues such as Wales Millennium Centre, St Fagans: National History Museum, Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, among others. For more information, please go to the Website and use the search facility for find an event nearest to you.

Painting the Flame

The Cardiff Story

24 June - 28 July 2012

The 'Painting the Flame' Exhibtion will include new portraits of Welsh Olympians and Paralympians 

Following the Flame Exhibition
Sport Wales National Centre
17 July - 10 August 2012


A major new exhibiition, Following The Flame is part of the Wales wide project - Power of the Flame - funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. The exhibition will take place between 17th July and 10th August.

Millennium Centre
20 - 21 July 2012
Wales Millennium Centre and Valleys Kids are pleased to present Torchbearers, a rollercoaster epic saga told by the people of the South African townships and the South Wales valleys in a cross-cultural performance mixing drama, music, circus and dance.

It tells the story of a young Welsh actor and an African dancer who in 1964 are given the chance of living the dream when they win parts in the film Zulu. As the two young people are drawn closer to each other they find themselves falling in love, but their lives are ripped apart by the apartheid system and they never see each other again until fate plays its hand forty years later.

Legally Blonde comes to the Wales Millennium Centre

Event - Legally Blonde
Location - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay

Date - 14 - 25 August 2012
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Wales Millennium CentreVisitors to Cardiff Bay can not fail to notice the huge Wales Millennium Centre sitting on the waterfront.  It has been the country's premier performing arts centre since it opened in 2004 attracting world class opera, ballet, comedians and of course huge West End musicals.

Having hosted hit shows such as Les Miserables and The Sound of Music in recent years, the latest musical to grace the massive stage is Legally Blonde:

Elle Woods can handle anything. So when her boyfriend, Warner, dumps her she decides to follow him to Harvard Law School and win him back. With some help from new-found friends Paulette, Emmett, her Chihuahua Bruiser (and a Greek chorus!), she learns that it's so much better to be smart.

Winner of Best New Musical 2011 (Olivier Awards) this all singing, all dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you've got.

Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winning Jerry Mitchell (Hairspray), Legally Blonde The Musical is the funniest and most fabulous musical around, case closed.

The Splash is Back

It's back for a third year running, Newport's Big Splash.  A fantastic weekend of family events and entertainment on the banks of the city's River Usk.

Events this year include urban activities such as BMX riding and street dancing, musical entertainment, funfair rides as well as free theatrical and circus performances in the Riverfront Theatre.

The weekend's festivities will conclude with the Ultimate Usk Sunset Spectacular with a fantastic light show illuminating the riverbank.

Follow @newportfestival on Twitter and on Facebook for the latest updates.

The Big Splash takes place from 13 - 15 July 2012




A little bit of Norway

Norwegian Church, Cardiff BayIf you've been to Cardiff Bay recently you can't fail to have noticed the landmark buildings of the Wales Millennium Centre or the Senedd, home to Wales' National Assembly.  But did you also notice, sitting quietly on the eastern side of the bay a tiny white church.

This is Cardiff's Norwegian Church, a legacy of the days when the city's docks were one of the busiest in the world and frequented by sailors from all over the globe, including Norway.  It was built in 1868 and as well as being a place of worship it also acted as a sort of community centre for Scandinavian sea men where they could meet up and socialise with their countrymen.  It was at this church that the famous children's author Roald Dahl, born in Cardiff to Norwegian parents, was christened in 1916.

With the decline of Cardiff docks the church finally closed its doors in 1974 and fell into disrepair.  It was restored and reopened as an arts centre and coffee shop in 1992.

The church has undergone further refurbishment work this year and re-opened last week to coincide with the annual Norwegian Day celebrations.

The church continues to be a arts centre and is open 7 days a week with a varied programme of performances and exhibitios while the newly extended coffee shop serves a range of mouth watering cakes and dishes with a distinctive Norwegian flavour all whilst enjoying the panoramic views across the bay.