There 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
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
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
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.
Wales 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
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.
Event - Legally Blonde
Location - Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff
Date - 14 - 25 August 2012
Further Details - www.wmc.org.uk
Visitors 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
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.
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
The weekend's festivities will conclude with the Ultimate Usk
Sunset Spectacular with a fantastic light show illuminating the
Follow @newportfestival on Twitter and on
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The Big Splash takes place from 13 - 15 July 2012
If 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
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.