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In addition to the free festival, we are offering a variety of ticketed events. Book now so you don't miss out.

NoFit State Circus Presents: LEXICON


We have teamed up with NoFit State, a contemporary circus company, to bring you an unmissable combination of live music, dance, stage design and film with traditional circus skills.

The Cardiff Stopover site will play host to their iconic silver spaceship big top to bring you matinee and evening performances throughout the festival.

Remember, this is an exclusive opportunity to experience their brand-new performance, LEXICON in Wales! With it marking 250 years since circus began, you have no excuse not to join in the celebration!

As part of Circus250, NoFit State and Firenza Guidi will create LEXICON - a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on circus for a seated audience in the round. Drawing inspiration from circus history, heritage, and traditions, digging in the underground of memory and celebrate the past, present and future of circus.

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Giving the Past a Future,
Giving the Future a Past.

Two days of conferences exploring themes affecting Cardiff Bay - past and future.

Wednesday 30 May

  • The Maritime Heritage Trust will host a conference on A Vision for Heritage.  Speakers are expected to include some of the most successful UK Festival and event organisers as well as updates on the funding outlook for IMT (Industrial, Maritime and Transport) heritage and practical sessions on help for preservation organisations.
  • Visits to Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Docks and the Volvo Ocean Race Village will be available.
  • Evening events will include topics relating to Wales - Year of the Sea.

Thursday 31 May

  • Cardiff Harbour Authority will host a conference on The Vision for the Future of Cardiff Bay - will explore the opportunities and challenges for the future development of Cardiff Bay in the context of Cardiff Council's new vision for the city and its waterfront.
  • Visits to Cardiff Bay, Cardiff Docks and the Volvo Ocean Race Village will be available.


The conferences takes place in the previously threatened Cardiff Coal Exchange - one of the premier historic buildings in the Cardiff port area - now being superbly restored as the Exchange Hotel. 

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