Sunday, October 16, 2011

Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay, in Wales, is Europe's largest waterfront development. It was once called Tiger Bay, being Cardiff's dockland district, is Wales' oldest multi-ethnic community. Sailors and workers from over 50 countries settled there. 

Some of the largest communities included the Somalis, the Yemenis and Greeks. Residents of many races and backgrounds socialised together and intermarried, creating a distinct community. 

Tiger Bay was also notorious. A slice of red-light district and gambling dens between Cardiff's city centre and its docks, and home to a rich mix of multi-racial communities, it had a powerful character of its own. Shirley Bassey was a former resident of this area. 

Today the Cardiff docklands is known as Cardiff Bay and it has been transformed by the Cardiff Barrage that impounds the River Taff and the Ely to create a massive fresh-water lake. 
Cardiff Bay is home to a number of attractions such as Techniquest Science Discovery Centre, Craft in the Bay, The Welsh Assembly at the Pierhead, Butetown History and Arts Centre, Goleulong 2000 Lightship, the Norwegian Church Arts Centre and the Wales Millenium Centre, a magnificent, modern, international arts centre. 

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