Wales Millenium Centre

Wales Millennium Centre


Wales Millennium Centre is Wales’ national home for the performing arts in Cardiff Bay. Opened by the Queen in late November 2004, the Wales Millennium Centre has provided a spectacular new home to performing arts in Wales. The building – though not strictly known as an opera house – is home to the Welsh National Opera and 6 other art companies.

Its distinctive design is loved by some and hated by others. It has been nicknamed ‘The Armadillo’ by locals who have likened its huge curved bronze-coloured roof to the said animal. The brief was to create a building that was “unmistakably Welsh and internationally outstanding”. The architects (Percy Thomas) set about fulfilling this brief by incorporating many traditional materials from around the principality, including wood, steel and slate. The overall effect of this 1900 seat venue is very impressive.

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