Looking back on an incredible week

We had an incredible time recently, as we played our part in the success of the Cardiff and Vale Urdd National Eisteddfod (27 May – 1 June).

Our fabulous Donald Gordon Theatre was the backdrop for the festival’s many performances and competitions, and every corner of our building became a haven of activity for the many competitors, school groups, families and curious visitors.

Some highlights...

During the week 100,000 visitors came through our doors and 13,190 wristbands were distributed.

Tuesday was our busiest day, with around 45,000 visitors. We were very proud of our front of house teams, not to mention our fantastic, enthusiastic volunteers who gave 400 hours of their time during the week.

Welcoming new audiences

Many of the wristband holders were new customers to the Centre, and almost a third expressed that Welsh was their preferred language.

We were delighted to welcome our new audience, and it was a great opportunity for our front of house teams to practice their language skills.

As the national arts centre for Wales, it was hugely exciting too, for us to see competitors from all parts of Wales and beyond, competing on their national stage.

"Having the opportunity to perform on the stage of Wales Millennium Centre is an unforgettable experience for young people, and will continue to inspire for years to come."

Dyfrig Davies, Chair of Urdd Gobaith Cymru

Competitions

The standard of competitions and the enthusiasm shown by all visitors was an inspiration to us, and we’d like to say congratulations to all involved and thank you.

Thanks for bringing your talent, passion and enthusiasm to the Centre and we hope to see you again soon.

Over on social media...

@donnajanereid: Thanks for having us @EisteddfodUrdd @theCentre. It was lovely to watch so many talented and inspirational young people and for Effie to have the opportunity to perform at such a lovely venue. We hope to be back next year.

@MaestroGabriele: The energy and the community spirit is amazing. The Bay is indeed buzzing!

@EllenAngharad: Brilliant evening at @theCentre performing with @AthenaTrio in the opening concert of the @EisteddfodUrdd in Cardiff! Dwi’n cofio cerdded ar lwyfan Theatr Donald Gordon @YGanolfan i gystadlu yn yr Eisteddfod nol yn 2009, fraint cael bod yn rhan o’r sioe arbennig yma! @Urdd