18 November 2014back

Creative Internships Blog Week 8

Ava Plowright, Wales Millennium Centre

Early morning busses and trains are strange places. Filled with people, all of them bleary eyed and yawning; everyone appears to be ‘in their own bubble’. I’m beginning to notice familiar faces on my early morning commute, going through their daily routines of coffee and newspapers, smartphones and power naps. It always strikes me that there are not many happy people on these journeys, and this makes me feel quite lucky. I’m tired, yes, but never gloomy; working at Wales Millennium Centre is well worth my long commute.

The past few weeks have marked the beginning of Wales Millennium Centre’s 10th Birthday celebrations, and what an amazing few weeks we’ve had! The building has been alive with activity of all shapes and sizes. Wales Millennium Centre became the life and soul of the party for Night at the Casablanca, an evening of vibrant music celebrating the diversity and rich cultural history contained in our square mile. The world renowned Mariinsky Opera joined us for a lavish concert performance under the baton of Maestro Valery Gergiev, and we finally welcomed record breaking production of The Lion King. It really is incredible that one building can house such a wide spread of genres. What other theatre in the UK can boast the same variety?

October half term saw the building filled with all things artistic as part of the worldwide Big Draw festival, and I used this as an opportunity to join forces with one of our newest sponsors. I organised a treasure hunt event, in which children had to search for images scattered around the bay and draw them in order to enter a prize draw. The enthusiastic response we experienced was brilliant; not only did we encourage customer movement between our two businesses, but we also saw hundreds of children eagerly drawing and enjoying being creative. A huge success all round.

The highlight of the few weeks for me was the Mariinsky Chorus’ performance of Rachmaninov’s Vespers in Llandaff Cathedral. We held a reception prior to the performance for many of our individual donors which I had a hand in organising; it was wonderful to see the close relationships my colleagues have created with many of the supporters. Following the reception, I was lucky enough to accompany our guests into the Cathedral to watch the performance which was a magical experience. Unaccompanied voices singing with such control and beauty, in such a stunning venue; it was a reminder of the sheer power of music and the arts. An evening I won’t be forgetting any time soon.

A big Happy Birthday (or should I say Penblwydd Hapus) to Wales Millennium Centre, and here’s to many more! 

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