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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

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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

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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

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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.

Torchbearers
Wales
Millennium Centre
20 - 21 July 2012
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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.

Olympic Torch comes to Wales

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 Stadium).

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

 

Food, Flowers and Flames

Food FestivalWith 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 tomato!

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 day's festivities.

Go to the Visit Caerphilly website for more details

World Cup Comes to Cardiff

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, visit their website