CARDIFF - CROESO (WELCOME)
Cardiff is home to the Iris Prize Festival with the 2014 festival dates confirmed as the 8th - 12th, October.
Cardiff the Capital of Wales is a youthful city. The past 15 years has seen the city transformed into a vibrant capital city. The 75,000 capacity Millennium Stadium is home to sport and numerous music events and is complemented by the Wales Millennium Centre home to opera, theatre and music events. Dozens of new bars, restaurants and hotels have made Cardiff a new destination city.
The annual Mardi Gras has more than 40,000 visitors from all over the UK and beyond. The event takes over the gay scene which is focused on two main areas, Charles Street in the heart of the city centre and Churchill Way. However the whole city participates during Mardi Gras weekend. The city is also home to Wales’s only gay rugby team, The Cardiff Lions RFC.
Many international Gay Icons hail from Cardiff. Ivor Novello was born in Cardiff in 1893. His leading man good looks made him one of the most famous matinee idols during the early part of the 20th century. The city, or Tiger Bay to be more precise, was the birthplace of Dame Shirley Bassey. The celebrated international singing star has become the much loved unofficial Queen of Wales.
Current film talent making its mark on the international stage is Cardiff born and bred Marc Evans whose credits include the smart psychological thriller My Little Eye, Snow Cake, starring Alan Rickman and Sigourney Weaver and Patagonia starring Iris Patron Matthew Rhys.
Other well known Cardiffians as the locals call them include voice of an angel, Charlotte Church; Fantastic Four’s Ioan Gruffudd, Matthew Rhys of Brothers and Sisters fame and not forgetting one of the patrons for IRIS!