Curtains open at Welsh centre

The £106 million arts centre for Wales opened its doors last week, marking the culmination of an 18-year journey from conception to completion. Located on Cardiff Bay waterfront, the Wales Millennium Centre will showcase literary, music, dance and theatre events. First minister Rhodri Morgan said the centre represented Wales at the "cutting edge" and that it would benefit not only the arts, but Welsh trade, investment and job prospects. "The opening of the centre is incredibly important - not just for the arts and entertainment but for Wales as a nation." The building would act as a "cultural cousin" to Cardiff's Millennium Stadium, he added. The Welsh Assembly Government provided £37 million towards the cost of building the centre and will provide £2 million a year towards running costs.

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