The Millennium Centre in Cardiff

Opened in 2004, The Millennium Centre was designed by architect Jonathan Adams, using traditional Welsh slate with purple, green, and grey tones. A bronzed steel shell sits like a saddle over the slate. Phrases in Welsh and English, by the poet Gwyneth Lewis, are spelled out in three lines above the main entrance, using 2-metre high letters. Both languages appear on each of the three lines and I found this quite difficult to understand during the day – it reads as follows:

CREU GWIR IN THESE STONES

FEL GWYDR HORIZONS

O FfWRNAIS AWEN SING

It is much clearer at night, but even then I thought the English was a translation of the Welsh, which it most definitely isn’t. CREU GWIR FEL GWYDR O FfWRNAIS AWEN translates into English as “Creating truth like glass from inspiration’s furnace”. The Millennium Centre is the home of many cultural organisations including Welsh National Opera, the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and Hijinx Theatre.

Published by Julian Worker

I was born in Leicester. I attended school in Yorkshire and University in Liverpool. I have been to 93 countries and territories including The Balkans and Armenia in 2015, France and Slovakia in 2016, and some of the Greek Islands in 2017. My sense of humour is distilled from The Goons, Monty Python, Fawlty Towers, and Midsomer Murders. I love being creative in my writing and I love writing about travelling. My next books are a travel book about Greece and a novel inspired by Brexit.

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