Wales Millennium Centre began its 10th anniversary celebrations on 28 November with the publication of an Impact Report summing up the huge contribution the Centre has made on economic, social, cultural and sustainability grounds.
As well as titbits such as the fact that the number of Welsh cakes consumed at the Centre would stack up to more than twice the height of London’s Shard, the report shows how Wales Millennium Centre contributes over £50 million to the local economy. It punches way above its weight for a UK arts organisation with public subsidy only making up 19% of its income, contrasting with comparable institutions which receive around half of their funds from the public purse.
On the same day, a new digital hub for the anniversary celebrations, designed and built by the Four Digital team, was launched.
Four Colman Getty is working in an integrated team with our Four Digital colleagues and Four bgb, who are bringing their food and travel nous to the campaign.
In the lead up we’ve been interviewing all sorts of people whose lives have been touched by Wales Millennium Centre, from Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre Valery Gergiev, to the gatekeeper, Jack Dempsey, who first started work when Wales Millennium Centre was a building site. There’s a huge amount of affection for the Centre from all quarters. Filmed highlights of the interviews are available at http://wmc10.org.uk
With new Artistic Director Graeme Farrow – of Derry/Londonderry City of Culture fame – now in place at Wales Millennium Centre, look out for announcements of exciting new projects and commissions.