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.
There's now less than 3 months to go until the 2012
Olympics gets underway in Cardiff (yes, that's right. The very
first event of the games is being staged in the Millennium
And of course, before any Olympic games you need an Olympic flame
procession and on the 25 and 26 May that's exactly what we
get. The flame will spend two days in South East Wales with
the route taking it from Monmouth across to Abergavenny and then
Blaenavon, Pontypool and Newport before heading to Cardiff for a
big concert to mark its first day in Wales.
The following day sees the flame take in towns such as Caerphilly,
Merthyr Tydfil and Bridgend before heading to Swansea.
For full details of the route visit the website
three spectacular events packed into one fantastic weekend,
Caerphilly will be the place to be. Between 25 - 27 May the
town will host its first ever Food Festival, the ever colourful
Flower Festival before welcoming the Olympic Torch Relay.
With the town centre closed to traffic, the main streets will be
adorned with stalls offering a food market through the town with
the sizzling sounds and smells of the best local produce.
There'll also be plenty of entertainment with mad chefs, walking
eggs, face paining, animal displays and even a skating
The highlight of the weekend will be the arrival of the Olympic
Torch as it snakes its way through the town on the long journey
from Olympia to London. The torch arrives in the town at
approximately 09:40am and will be the perfect way to kick off the
Go to the Visit Caerphilly website for more
Just weeks before they compete at the London 2012
Olympics, the world's best canoeists descend on Cardiff for the ICF
Canoe Slalom World Cup.
Held from 8-10 June at the Cardiff International White Water
Centre, professional paddlers from all corners of the World will
battle a 300 metre course of ferocious rapids, hidden obstacles and
25 gates in a competition to get home in the fastest time. It will
be an adrenalin fuelled race of speed and skill.
And when the professionals have gone home why not have a go on the
rapids yourself. Don't worry, they'll be toned down a couple of
notches for you as the flow of water is controlled depending on the
expertise of those taking part.
It's not just canoeing either. The centre offers a whole host of
white water activities including the ever popular white water
rafting and river boarding, where the brave (or foolish) descend
the rapids clinging on to nothing more than a float while getting
tossed from side to side. It actually looks quite good fun!
For more information on the World Cup visit the ICF website
For more information on Cardiff International White Water,