Communities in Wales
We welcome people from different cultures, faiths and backgrounds in Wales. We have a lot of cultures and faiths living happily side-by-side, mainly in our larger cities such as Cardiff, Newport and Swansea. Our increasingly multicultural society has led to an enrichment of new traditions, exciting new art, music and foods to try and much more.
In 2014, there were an around 126,100 people from Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) groups living in Wales and Cardiff, our capital city has the largest population with around 51,900 BME individuals.
All the major world religions are also represented across Wales today. The Inter-faith Council for Wales was set up by the Welsh Government to represent these faiths, many of which have been long established in Wales and make up an important part of Welsh culture. A National Survey was undertaken in 2011 which showed that there has been an increase in the number of Muslims, Buddhists and Hindus living in Wales since the previous survey in 2001. Judaism is the oldest non-Christian faith established in Wales.
The communities and cultures of Wales and the World are celebrated through Music at the Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod every summer.
A wonderful example of different cultures living in harmony together can be seen in local schools, such as Kitchener Primary School in Cardiff's Riverside area. The school motto is ‘We all live together in Riverside’ – a fine reflection of the positive attitude in Wales.