The National Assembly for Wales has finally given the go-ahead for the development of the Wales Millennium Centre, a multi-million pound arts centre to be situated in Cardiff Bay.
The Arts Council of Wales (ACW) has awarded a Lottery Capital Grant of £10m towards the project, about 10% of the project?s overall cost. Other major contributors to the project include the National Assembly for Wales and the Millennium Commission, contributing £37m and £31m respectively. A further £19.7m will come from the private sector, of which £10m has already been committed. Wales Millennium Centre Ltd was initially established in 1997, with a view to creating a focus for Welsh culture, identity and talent. The concept of the Centre was designed to provide world-class facilities for the preparation, rehearsal and performance of opera, drama, dance, other performing arts and films; the creation and promotion of poetry and prose; the illustration and demonstration of production techniques and its related science; and space for education by workshops, lectures and seminars and courses for young people. Specifically, it will provide accommodation for a number of Wales? leading cultural organisations, including Diversions Dance Company, Hijinx Theatre, Academi, The Touch Trust, Welsh National Opera, Urdd Gobaith Cymru and Tŷ Cerdd, all of which gain rehearsal and performance space, storage and office accommodation.