Temple80 Anniversary Gala Evening and Performance

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Date(s) - 01/11/2018
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Temple of Peace and Health


Part of the Being Human Festival. Featuring a new performance led by Gentle/Radical, supported by the Arts Council of Wales

Opened on 23rd November 1938, Cardiff’s Temple of Peace was designed as a place of pilgrimage, a shrine to which the Welsh people could march and dedicate themselves to peace – a ‘New Mecca’ for its time, for people of all faiths and none. Less than a year later, this dream was shattered by the outbreak of WWII.

80 years on, join us to celebrate the Temple’s founding principles of peace, justice and health. Take part in a 21st century reimagining of the original Order of Service, combining spoken word, film and song. Through excerpts from the 1938 speeches, you’ll discover the story behind this extraordinary building. Alongside the history, the service will feature contemporary creative responses to the Temple, including a new work by acclaimed composer Helen Chadwick. Together, we’ll rededicate the Temple’s Marble Hall back to its original name, the ‘Hall of Nations’. Before the service, you’ll have an opportunity to explore this stunning art deco building, and visit the Crypt and the Welsh Book of Remembrance.

6pm Doors open; Reception (wine & buffet) in Entrance.

‘New Mecca’ Performance: Reinterpretation of the opening ceremony and Rededication of the Hall of Nations.

Self-guided tours of the Temple and exhibition installations exploring Wales’ Peace Heritage.

Temple80 Fireworks Display

WCIA Alumni Reception in the Council Chamber (invitation only)