The Cardiff Festival features the very best of street theatre, live music, youth and children’s
entertainment, funfairs and drama, and runs from 29 June until 6 August, when Welsh singing
sensation Cerys Matthews brings down the curtain on the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend.
Funded and managed by Cardiff Council and the Cardiff Harbour Authority, Cardiff Festival
starts on June 29 with a tidal wave of world music in the Cardiff Worldport Festival, and doesn’t miss a beat until the Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend on August 4-6. Once again the programme has been enhanced through the support of over 20 sponsors and partners, including the Empire Group of Restaurants, the Official Restaurants of Cardiff Festival; and the Copthorne Hotel, Official Hotel of the Cardiff International Food & Drink Festival.
The Cardiff Festival 2006 features:
Cardiff Worldport Festival June 29 – July 2
This is Worldport’s fifth year of showcasing a broad range of international concerts from the
world’s of jazz, Latin and folk. This year’s confirmed line-up includes BBC World Music Award
winner DJ Shantel, singer Susheela Raman, Scottish big band Salsa Celtica, and the fantastic Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain. Some of the events include a flamenco dance show, a tango extravaganza, and performances by gypsy guitarist Lollo Meier.
Tickets: £6 – £14 In advance from St David’s Hall Box Office:
029 2087 8444 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk
Cardiff Worldport Festival is a Cardiff Festival Partner event
Alice Through the Looking Glass 4 – 8 July
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama students bring to life the further adventures of Alice,
featuring an eccentric mix of puppetry, street theatre and live music on a promenade
performance through the hidden green spaces at the heart of the city, starting at the Old Library.
Tickets: RWCMD box office on 02920 391391.
‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ is a Cardiff Festival Partner event
Everyman Open-air Theatre, National History Museum St Fagans 5-29 July
The Everyman theatre company presents performances of Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’ (July 19 – 29); Lewis Carroll’s classic tale ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (July 22 – 29); and Moonlight Theatre’s production of Return to the Forbidden Planet (July 5-15) in the grounds of the National History Museum St Fagans. www.cardiff-festival.com Box Office 029 2057 3466
Everyman Open-Air Theatre Festival is a Cardiff Festival Partner event
Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, Roald Dahl Plas, 14-16 July
Free. Opening Times
Friday 14 July 12.00pm – 10.00pm
Saturday 15 July 12.00pm – 10.00pm
Sunday 16 July 12.00pm – 7.00pm
A true delicacy on the festival menu, the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival attracts food-lovers’ from far-afield to the waterfront to savour a variety of culinary delights from around the world. This year exhibitors from France, Germany, Norway, Italy, South Africa and of course Wales will each bring their distinctive cultural style to Cardiff Bay for this colourful three-day
Lloyds TSB Welsh Proms Cardiff, St David’s Hall 20-29 July
The annual series of orchestral symphony concerts at St David’s Hall this year features a series
of magnificent orchestral symphony and family concerts from the Bournemouth Symphony
Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the Royal
Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Youth Orchestra of Wales and the Cardiff Philharmonic
Orchestra, together with outstanding soloists and choirs.
In addition St David’s Hall is delighted to welcome the London Mozart Players to present a Welsh Proms Cardiff concert in celebration of the 250th Anniversary of the birth of Mozart.
To complete the picture we have the World, Lunchtime and Children’s Proms and the return of
the hugely popular Tiddly Prom for the youngest members of our audience; as well as Prom in a
Primary, a St David’s Hall Arts Active initiative that takes the Welsh Proms Cardiff out into primary schools across the city. www.cardiff-festival.com
Tesco Children’s Festival, Coopers Field, 22-23 July 11.00am – 5pm
Tickets £3 adults and children (under 3s free)
The first event of the school holidays, and a must for children of all ages, this is two days of solid entertainment in the beautiful setting of Cooper’s Field, just behind Cardiff Castle. Crazy walkabout characters, circus and theatre shows, music, an amazing maze and sport.cardiff are just some of the awaiting treats. This year, for the first time in Cardiff is Herbie Treehead’s amazing Dinosaur Show and The Kitchen Academy workshop as well as old favourites such as the Sheep Show and MAD (Mountain Bike Action Display team). Guaranteed to get the summer holidays off to a cracking start. www.cardiff-festival.com Tickets: in advance from St David’s Hall Box Office: 029 2087 8444 www.stdavidshallcardiff.co.uk or on site on the day.
Cardiff International Street Festival July 25 – 28
Various City Centre locations Noon – 5pm
The city centre comes alive again this summer with the colour and humour of some of the finest
street entertainment talent in the world. Queen Street and Working Street will be buzzing with
more than 100 unforgettable shows over four days, featuring ‘Circus’ from Spain, ‘Fairytale
Characters’ from France, ‘Musical Mayhem’ from Austria, and acts from the USA and Australia
as well as the UK’s finest. www.cardiff-festival.com
The Red Dragon Centre Family Festival July 25 – 27
Three days of entertainment in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Visit www.thereddragoncentre.co.uk for further details. Tel: 029 20 256 261
The Red Dragon Centre Family Festival is a Cardiff Festival partner event
Fringe @ The Cardiff Festival July 25 – 26
Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama
25 July ‘Banshees’
a high energy mix of contemporary drama and physical theatre
26 July ‘Mind You, I’ve Had Some Hidings’
A one man crime wave in Luton. Comedy theatre from Scott Fitzgerald
Box office: 029 2039 1391
Space Invasion 27 – 29 July
An intergalactic musical adventure for all the family set 100 years into the future and featuring
toe-tapping tunes, a game show, aliens from around the universe and a very special president
of the Earth.
Box office: 029 2087 8889 www.newtheatrecardiff.co.uk
Cardiff MAS Carnival Sat 29 July
Organised by South Wales Intercultural Community Arts, the 16th annual Cardiff MAS
Carnival returns with hundreds of flamboyant costumes and carnival creations, masks
and headpieces, giant puppets on backpacks and mobile sculptures – dancing dynamically through the streets of Cardiff Bay with the finale at Roald Dahls Plass. This year’s theme is Festival-Mania: World of Celebration. In the run-up there are two weeks of Free carnival arts workshops from 12 July at the Butetown Youth Pavilion.
Call SWICA on 029 2038 2094 www.swica.co.uk
Compass Point 28 – 30 July
Coopers Field Showcasing the best of Welsh and international urban music, plus workshops in djing, percussion and graffiti, with other attractions to include a skate ramp and graffiti art throughout the weekend. email@example.com 029 2025 6881.
Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend, City Hall Lawn, 4-6 August
The Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend provides the traditional festival finale with three days of big names on the big stage, and one of Europe’s largest funfairs in the grand setting of the city’s Civic Centre making up the UK’s biggest FREE outdoor festival. This year the Big Weekend has a strong Welsh flavour starting on Friday with The Alarm headlining along with Katrina and the Waves and The Selecter. On Saturday Kubb headline with local favourites The Automatic, labeled ‘the sound of 2006’ by the NME, alongside The Infidels and Crimea. Sunday features an eclectic musical mix with TexMex band Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, driving Transylvanian rhythms from Mukka and the whole weekend will be topped off in style by the fabulous Cerys Matthews. More acts to follow. www.cardiff-festival.com
Friday 7pm – 11pm
Saturday 1pm- 11pm
Sunday 1pm – 11pm
Fairground opening times
Friday 5pm – 11pm
Saturday 12 noon – 11pm
Sunday 12 noon – 11pm
Research undertaken by Beaufort Research in the last two years showed that the Cardiff events
programme is well received by people in Cardiff – 92% of event attendees and 69% of nonattendees rated the events programme as either good or very good, and the vast majority of Cardiff residents (84%) felt the events are ‘a good investment of public money’.
Councillor Nigel Howells, Executive Member for Sport, Leisure & Culture said: “A great Summer
of entertainment is lined up for Cardiff, and the vast majority of festival events provide free entry, thanks to the great support of our sponsors and partners, giving access to the whole of the community. There’s something here for everyone and I’m sure the Cardiff Festival will be as popular as ever.”
Hand in hand with the festival, a full programme of events on land and water is staged in Cardiff Bay funded by Cardiff Harbour Authority.