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Wales Millennium Centre

Inside the Donald Gordon Theatre at the Wales Millennium Centre

Since its opening in 2004, the Wales Millennium Centre, known affectionately the 'armadillo' by locals, has welcomed West End musicals, opera, ballet, contemporary dance, comedians and musicians, and entertained over 3.38 million audience members.

Based in Cardiff Bay, it is one of the most lively performing arts centres in Europe. With its inspirational and distinctive design, the building is rapidly becoming one of the world’s iconic arts venues.

The centre is contemporary and truly Welsh, from the architect Jonathan Adams to the materials used to build it and two poetic lines on the front of the building.

Written by Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis, the Welsh part reads 'Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen', which translates to "Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration". The English part reads 'In These Stones Horizons Sing'.

The centre is home to the Welsh National Opera (WNO), the National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales (BBC NOW) and Tŷ Cerdd - Music Centre Wales, a 'one-stop shop', supporting, developing and promoting the creation, performance and empowering experience of music, both in and of Wales.