The Capita-designed Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff has announced the first elements of its tenth anniversary programme.
Since its first public performance on 26 November 2004, the Centre has welcomed over 13.5m visitors and has grown to become Wales’ most popular attraction and one of the most visited cultural destinations outside London. The Centre contributes a substantial £50 million per annum into the Welsh economy and is recognised as one of the UK’s most successful Lottery funded projects.
Also housed within its walls are some of Wales’ major arts organisations, including the world renowned Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, alongside other culturally significant companies.
To coincide with this anniversary, Graeme Farrow – the man behind the hugely successful Derry-Londonderry City of Culture programme – has been appointed as the Centre’s Artistic Director. His vision: to develop the Centre into an international cultural powerhouse sitting alongside other globally significant arts centres.
The theatre programme for the anniversary year features a rich and diverse mix of productions, with return visits from Matthew Bourne and the Mariinsky Opera, led by Valery Gergiev, with which the Centre has a long established strategic partnership.
Also confirmed today is an extensive partnership with Lloyds Bank, the support of which underpins several of the projects that Wales Millennium Centre will undertake during the tenth anniversary year.
For further information go to www.wmc.org.uk/
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