The Iris Prize Festival 2016 will be taking place in Cardiff 12th-16th October

The past few decades have seen Cardiff transformed into a vibrant, youthful capital city.

Cardiff has everything you would expect from a modern capital, including world-class music, theatre and sport at venues such as the Millennium Stadium and the iconic Wales Millennium Centre. Now a destination city with visitors from around the world, Cardiff is jam-packed with bars, restaurants and entertainment of every kind.

The city centre is an eclectic mix of old and new, full of bars, parks, museums, shopping, theatres, cinemas and- of course- a castle. Cardiff Bay, with its lively selection of bars and restaurants and views across the water, is the perfect place to spend a sunny evening- and yes, we do have some of them, honest!

Cardiff’s gay scene is focused on two main areas- Charles Street in the heart of the city centre, and Churchill Way, each featuring a lively assortment of bars and clubs. The city is also home to Wales’s only gay rugby team, The Cardiff Lions RFC.

A great time to visit Cardiff is during the annual Pride Cymru event, which this year takes place on Saturday 13th August. It has become one of the biggest Pride events in the UK and attracts thousands of visitors each year. With a wide variety of live music on offer, including a dance tent and, naturally, unlimited numbers of drag queens, this event is a celebration with something for everyone.