From 1965, the Casablanca was a central space to congregate and share a love of music in Tiger Bay, drawing in famous artists from all over to perform. Owing to its prominence in the lives of Tiger Bay locals, the venue still holds a place in the heart of the community and there is a deep, shared sadness over its loss when it was demolished to make way for a car park.
The legendary Casablanca Club saw live music thrive again on Saturday 1 November 2014 as Wales Millennium Centre presented a celebration of the life of the iconic music venue and the rich musical heritage of the remarkable local community.
Through a series of stories and live music, Night at the Casablanca (the opening performance of our 10th anniversary programme, presented in association with Lloyds Bank) brought the renowned Club Casablanca back to life in a celebration of the vibrant musical legacy it gave a home to, along with the venue’s centrality in the Tiger Bay community.
As part of the performance's development, Wales Millennium Centre and the Butetown Community Centre hosted a gathering where locals were invited to share their memories of Club Casablanca and their tales of Tiger Bay. We got some great stories, as those who came to the performance will attest. We want everyone's Casablanca tale to be told, and would love to hear your memories of the Tiger Bay legend.