The Old Library will soon be home to Cardiff's new language and culture centre
Despite a recent setback, Cardiff's new Language and Culture Centre is set to open at the end of this month. The construction of The Welsh Language and Cultural Centre (WLCC) received approval back in May 2015, and the plans would see Yr Hen Llyfrgell (The Old Library) undergo an internal facelift, with minor structural changes funded by the Welsh Government. The WLCC was set to open before Christmas, but work on the project has taken longer than expected; the new opening date which Menter Cardiff - who are in charge of the operation - have set themselves is 25th January 2016.
The WLCC will take up residence in The Old Library on The Hayes, and will share its space with Cardiff Story – the local history museum that was opened in 2011. Cardiff Story uses a large pool of donated items to depict the history of Cardiff, so it is unsurprising that The Old Library was chosen as the perfect location for the WLCC to be based.
What else will the WLCC boast?
While Cardiff Story and the pub Locke and Remedy will not be relocated, the rest of The Old Library will be transformed to offer a range of Welsh language related facilities. Included will be a café run by the Clwb Ifor Bach team, who will offer a range of Welsh food and drink, and Mudiad Meithrin will open a crèche.
Bodlon will also have a store in the centre which will sell homeware and goods that no Welsh home can be without. There will also be a bookshop for those looking to indulge in a bit of Welsh language literature; anyone for a bit of Harri Potter a Maen yr Athronydd?
Promoting the Welsh language
The core purpose of the WLCC is to “promote and protect the Welsh language”, and there will be several events held in the centre that will work towards achieving this goal. Along with the Welsh-themed facilities mentioned above, the WLCC will include teaching rooms, an exhibition area, a performance space and conference facilities.
On top of this, Cardiff University will be running Welsh lessons in the facility, there will be coffee mornings held for learners, and a range of summer programmes. What’s more, the facility will be open for wedding hire, an incredible prospect for people who love the Grade II listed building.
Menter Cardiff, however, want to appeal to both current and non-Welsh speakers: the WLCC is open to all, and it is hoped that it will become a not-to-miss stop on any tourist’s visit to the Welsh capital. There is so much to see and do in Cardiff, but here at Capital Properties, we certainly can’t wait for the opening of this exciting facility!
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