I’ve come to call Cardiff my home and I’ve found it to be a truly wonderful, friendly and unique place. With a history of exciting, dynamic and diverse communities Cardiff seemed like the perfect place for OAC, so I’ve done some digging around for a few interesting facts that set Cardiff apart.
- Cardiff has more green space per person than any other city in the UK. We may take it for granted but there are some lovely places in Cardiff to get out and enjoy some fresh air.
- Now this is a tricky one to believe but on average Cardiff gets more hours of sunlight than Milan!
- Cardiff Castle now stands on the military fort where the Roman’s first settled in Wales in 55 AD.
- Cardiff became the home to the first multi-cultural community in Britain. Cardiff’s booming coal industry drew dockworkers and sailors from across the world to its shores. Tiger Bay (now Cardiff Bay) got its name from the treacherous currents of the river Severn and became the home of migrant’s communities from around 45 nationalities. And it’s only a stone’s throw away from OAC!
- Every two years Cardiff plays host to one the most exciting and prestigious visual arts shows in the World – Artes Mundi. Latin for ‘Arts of the World’, Artes Mundi ‘is an internationally focused arts organisation that identifies, recognises and supports contemporary visual artists who engage with the human condition, social reality and lived experience’ (Artes Mundi). If you are an arts lover or even just interested, its well worth a look.
- Cardiff was home to one of Britain’s most famous Pirates! Henry Morgan better known as Captain Morgan was born in Llanrumney in 1635 and has been remembered as the face one of the worlds most famous rum brands. Next time you’re enjoying a rum a cola, spare a thought for the man himself!
Be sure to keep and eye out on our website and social media channels in the next few days for some new posts on music therapy at OAC! #OACommunity