Cardiff Festival 2010 - The biggest yet
Friday 2, July 2010
Cardiff Festival gets off to a storming start with The Tempest, The Lord Chamberlain’s Men returning to perform Shakespeare's masterpiece at Cardiff Castle on 1-2 July 2010.
One of the highlights of the festival is the MAS carnival. Cardiff Bay waterfront is brought to life during this Caribbean-inspired Carnival. This culturally diverse celebration features flamboyant ostumes, giant puppets, headpieces and masks, all moving to samba beats, steel drums and Punjabi and African street drumming.
The parade leaves Canal Path Park in Butetown, before heading up Bute Street, St Mary Street and Castle Street to the City Hall.
Cardiff Festival is a series of events that include live music, street theatre, open-air theatre, children’s entertainment and funfairs. Cardiff Festival 2010 will provide a mix of popular, well-established and new events that take place in the city centre and around Cardiff Bay. Flagship events include the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend, Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival and the Cardiff Harbour Festival.
Many events will be held at the Wales Millenium Centre, an arts centre located in the Cardiff Bay area of Cardiff, Wales. The site covers a total area of 4.7 acres (1.9 ha). Phase 1 of the building was opened during the weekend of the 26–28 November 2004 and phase 2 opened on 22 January 2009 with an inaugural concert. The centre has hosted performances of opera, ballet, dance, comedy and musicals.
The venue, which also has a nickname locally as the Armadillo, comprises one large theatre and two smaller halls. It also includes shops, bars and restaurants. The Centre is home to the national opera, dance, theatre and literature companies of Wales, as well as the national orchestra. In total, the Centre has eight arts organisations in residence. The main theatre, the Donald Gordon Theatre, holds 1,897 people, the BBC Hoddinott Hall holds 350 people and the Weston Studio Theatre holds 250 people.
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