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What’s On: Cardiff 2017

It’s no surprise that Cardiff is a favourite for winning the title of Capital of Culture in 2023. The Welsh capital’s flourishing culture ranges from dazzling theatre shows and mesmerising operas, to good old fashioned Welsh food.

With atmospheric venues flooded with history, visitors and locals can enjoy a wide variety of environment all year long. And to keep you in the loop, we’ve compiled some of the most exciting events in Cardiff to have been announced for 2017.


Fantastic Mr Fox

When: 21st February 2017

Where: New Theatre

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In celebration of the centenary of Roald Dahl, one of Cardiff’s most treasured famous faces, the New Theatre will see the author’s classic Fantastic Mr Fox brought to life.

A much loved children’s tale about one cunningly clever fox, this show is one that the whole family can enjoy. Underpinned by Dahl’s incomparable wit and charm, Maria Aberg’s production will be more than just a children’s show, so sit back, relax and let your imagination run wild.

Dirty Dancing

When: 27th March 2017

Where: New Theatre

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Dirty Dancing is set to bring Cardiff its classic love story of Baby and Johnny, and a summer filled with sensationally sensual dancing!  Featuring hit songs Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby and (I’ve Had) The Time Of My Life, breathtaking emotion and sensationally sexy dancing.

What better way to lift your spirits than a trip to see this record-breaking production? We suspect you’ll have the time of your life…

The Woman in Black

When: 6th June 2017

Where: New Theatre 


Don’t miss out on Stephen Mallatratt’s chilling stage production of Susan Hill’s critically acclaimed ghost story. Unravelling the tale of a lawyer obsessed with a curse, this is controlled horror at its finest.

Dark and atmospheric with perfected illusion, you’ll be on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

Funny Girl 

When: 4th July 2017

Where: Wales Millennium Centre

Funny Girl

Olivier Award-winning Sheridan Smith stars in this critically acclaimed West End favourite. Telling the story of Fanny Brice and her journey to becoming a Broadway star, Funny Girl is set to captivate the audiences of Cardiff, the hit musical featuring timeless songs Don’t Rain On My Parade and People.

Shown at the Wales Millennium Centre, you can expect goosebumps as you sit back and enjoy this absolute delight.

The Crucible 

When: 23rd May 2017

Where: New Theatre 

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Arthur Miller’s The Crucible will be transporting Cardiff back to 1692, Salem, Massachusetts. In the small New England town, word of witchcraft travels like wildfire, and its inhabitants can’t be trusted.

Spiralling into the paranoia and hysteria that became the Salem Witch Trials, this is an unmissable political commentary, and timelessly relevant today.


Olly Murs

When: 20-21st March 2017

Where: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff


Bringing his catchy tunes and charisma to Cardiff, the Mororpoint Arena will welcome Olly Murs to take to the stage.

Originally a runner-up on the X Factor, Olly’s success sky rocketed to three multi-platinum albums and sold out arena tours across the country. Don’t miss out on a night of singing your heart out to all your favourite songs from the radio.

Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Disney Magic

When: April 2017

Where: Motorpoint Arena 


50 of your favourite Disney characters will be gliding their way around Cardiff in the Motorpoint Arena this April.

Featuring Disney Princesses, Toy Story favourites and the classic Mickey and Minnie Mouse, relive your childhood or bring the little ones along for the magic. A truly enchanting Disney experience, this is one that you’re sure to remember.

Harry Potter In Concert With Live Orchestra

When: May 2017

Where: Motorpoint Arena 

Harry Potter

The ultimate night for Harry Potter fans, this mesmerising unique showing will feature a stunning live orchestra as you enjoy the first film of the series.

You can expect to watch your favourite Hogwarts moments in HD on a large screen, complemented by the orchestra performing John Williams’ iconic score. If you’re missing the Wizarding World, don’t miss this nostalgic trip to Hogwarts.

Madam Butterfly  

When: 10th February – 18th February 2017

Where: Wales Millennium Centre

Madam Butterfly Cardiff

If you’re an opera fan, we suspect you’re already excited to hear that the Welsh National Opera will be bringing you Madam Butterfly. And if you’ve never been to an opera before, why not make this your first?

Carefully faithful to the composer’s intentions, this classic opera critiques imperialism to powerful effect. You’re be wowed from beginning to end with a night at this atmospheric event.

Food & Drink

Cardiff Viva! Vegan Festival

When: 4th February 2017 

Where: Cardiff City Hall 


Since 1994, Viva! has been positively vegan and assisting people as they take a step back and reduce their meat, fish, dairy and egg intake. Whether you’re a Vegan yourself, know someone who is, or just enjoy tasty food, Cardiff’s Viva! Vegan Festival is calling your name.

If you’re interesting in veganism but you’re not sure if it’s for you, this is a chance to gain some further insight into a healthy diet with nutritional guidance and recipes. Of course, you’ll also be able to tuck into a wide range of delicious vegan foods from international dishes, and even do some shopping for vegan cosmetics.

Cardiff Food Safari

When: Fridays from 3rd February – 2nd November 2017 

Where: Starting at Cardiff Castle 


From the 3rd February, you can join the Cardiff Food Safari on Fridays this year. Whether you’re a local or you’re visting Cardiff, this is the ultimate way for foodies to see the best of the city’s sights.

Featuring Cardiff Castle, the Principality Stadium, the National Assembly of Wales and the Wales Millennium Centre, this is a must-do for experiencing Cardiff in a unique and delicious way. Guests can expect Welsh cheeses, laverbread, Welshcakes and much more.

So if you’re planning a visit to Cardiff Bay sometime soon or just want to make 2017 one to remember, make sure you don’t miss the best events around the city.

We’ll be adding more events as the year goes on, so if you have one in mind, let us know in the comments! 

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