Not to be missed events in Cardiff
Cardiff is a tale of two cities. It thrives on its reputation for celebrating the classic and contemporary whilst embracing the modern and progressive. This fusion of old and new is what gives Cardiff its vibrancy, and has fuelled the growth of the city's LGBT community.
Cardiff-Wales Mardi Gras
2011's Mardi Gras looks to be back with a bang. Expect amazing street entertainment, gut-busting amounts of food and drink, lots of city-wide partying and fun in Coopers Field on the glorious grounds of Cardiff Castle.
The Admiral Cardiff Big Weekend, Cathays Park
Part of the Cardiff Festival, the Admiral Big Weekend hosts the UK's biggest free outdoor music festival and the largest travelling fun fair in the beautiful setting of the Civic Centre in Cathays Park.
Cardiff Festival hosts a series of mostly free events at weekends across the summer. Celebrating Welsh heritage in art, community projects, comedy, music, and much more, there's entertainment for the family, the young, the old, the gay and the straight... There's literally something for everyone.
Cardiff Festival Fringe
Before they head to the world famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival later in the summer, many acts and shows preview at the Cardiff Festival Fringe, which is held at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama during the main Cardiff Festival.
The Iris Film Festival
Cardiff's international gay and lesbian short film prize. The awards festival takes place annually each October, and the 2008 event saw guests from Germany, Israel, Australia, Canada and the US all enjoying welsh hospitality in the country's capital. The three-day festival features screenings of the short-listed entries for the £25,000 award, as well as a number of other events.
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