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Cardiff is a city priming itself for the conferences market , find out how the city is trying to be different to appeal to planners ardiff is a vibrant destination with a mix of venues for meetings and wide-ranging experiences that can be included in organised social programmes or by delegates in their downtime . With a compact city and waterfront location , Cardiff ’ s heritage and culture is a key strength which is incorporated in many delegate experiences .
Faye Tanner , head of business events , Meet in Cardiff , explains : “ Cardiff competes nationally for business events . One of its strengths is the distinctive
Cardiff Bay Waterfront experience that delegates enjoy when they get to Cardiff .
“ It is Wales ’ capital city and it attracts entrepreneurs investing in exciting start-ups and lists among its top growth industry sectors : fintech , life sciences , technology , creative industries and medical ”.
Music and cultural experiences
Cardiff is home to an opera house , the world-renowned Welsh National Opera , a fine concert hall , three professional orchestras , several theatres , a jazz conservatoire but also some great smaller venues for gigs showcasing all music genres . Cardiff is also known for a thriving traditional music and Welsh language music scene and pop icons performing at its stadia such as Coldplay , Beyonce or Stereophonics and Tom Jones at Principality Stadium .
Tim Rhys-Evans , director of music , Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama ( RWCMD ), said : “ Cardiff ’ s heritage as an international port brought energy and diversity mixing with indigenous Welsh traditions .
“ Our heritage , culture and Welsh language make Cardiff distinctive and different and can be incorporated into a business event giving each delegate a special Cardiff experience ”.
Delegates can explore Cardiff ’ s lively nightlife enjoying some great small performance venues and long established and often quirky bars and clubs . Cardiff has its own sense of humour . In 2023 , Cardiff has been designated BBC City of Comedy with a series of performances and events for comedy writers .
Rhys-Evans highlighted RWCMD as a world-class centre , set in the grounds of Cardiff Castle and overlooking Bute Park . It ’ s a stunning contemporary venue www . conference-news . co . uk