• Celebrating 10 Years
    Showcasing the best of Wales to the world and bringing the best of the world to Wales
  • Celebrating 10 Years
    Wales Millennium Centre has provided creative opportunities to over 200,000 children and young people over the last 10 years
  • Celebrating 10 Years
    The Centre is Wales’ number one visitor attraction and is the third most popular cultural attraction outside London
  • Celebrating 10 Years
    With its commitment to bring the best of the world to Wales, the Centre has staged productions from six of the seven continents

Our 10th anniversary

Welcome to Wales Millennium Centre's tenth anniversary celebrations.

The Centre was opened with great fanfare by Her Majesty the Queen on 28 November, 2004. It is Wales’ national centre for the performing arts, on a 7.5 acre site on Cardiff’s regenerated waterfront. 

Since launch, the Centre has exceeded all expectations, welcoming over 13.5 million people through the doors.  It is home to eight other creative companies who collaborate regularly. 

In the last year alone, the Centre has won numerous awards including the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Sustainable Development, Wales’ National Treasure and UK’s Most Welcoming Theatre – sound evidence that our impact can be felt on many levels: on the economy, the community, our young people, on culture, on sustainability, on tourism. In the last year alone, the Centre has engaged with over 230,000 people through its Creative Learning and Community projects. 

Join in as we celebrate 10 years of creativity and impact, and join us looking forward to the next decade. 

Visit the blog to find out more about our awards.


  • 200

    Number of children and young people involved in arts activity

  • 10

    Number of participating people in community projects in 2013 alone

  • 4

    Number of free performances staged on the Glanfa Stage

  • Janet Thickpenny, Visitor Services Assistant

    “Every time I walk into the auditorium I feel uplifted.”

  • Jack Dempsey, Gatekeeper

    “When I arrived here in 2002 there was nothing here. It was wonderful seeing it turn from construction site to an artistic environment”

  • Philip Glass

    “It was a great pleasure to perform at the new Wales Millennium Centre.

  • Matthew Bourne

    “This stage is probably four times the size of the Old Vic; it has an epic feel.”

  • Lord Lloyd Webber

    “No West End theatre boasts what we have here. There’s nowhere in London that any way comes close to this facility.”

  • New York based opera star Erika Sunnegardh

    “It’s probably the best theatre I’ve sung in acoustically so far.”

  • Ruth Jones

    “My favourite building: the Millennium Centre in Cardiff, which not only looks fabulous from the outside with its massive quote from Gwyneth Lewis’

  • Sir Cameron Mackintosh

    “It’s an operatic scale theatre. Every single show I’ve had there has been phenomenally successful.