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Can Cardiff truly be considered a cultural capital?

Those who only stop to take a cursory glance at Cardiff may glean little understanding of its cultural integrity. The throngs of hen and stag parties that pulse through the city’s heart, St. Mary’s street, costumed in the most bizarre manner, do little to dispel the myth that Cardiff is anything other than a Mecca for the liquor-thirsty and sexually hungry.

However, beneath the alcohol-soaked veil of city centre pubs and clubs, lies a wealth of cultural offerings that await your discovery.

The Welsh capital is home to a unique artistic bounty, in the form of galleries, theatres and independent nightspots – all of which deserve the attention of even the most culturally discerning critic or punter.

Indeed, Cardiff is seemingly one of only a few UK cities to benefit from investment in major arts venues in recent times. In the past year alone, the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama has reopened its doors following a £22.5 million renovation, and The Sherman Theatre has entered the final stages of its £5.4 million facelift.

Will major projects like the Royal Welsh and the Sherman serve to bolster Cardiff’s reputation as a capital of culture, or has the current economic austerity inflicted irreparable damage on smaller arts projects, which may already have stalled the city’s ascent to the fore of the UK arts scene?

Artzine Cardiff is here to interrogate Cardiff’s arts scene, and provide you – the judicious reader – with a guide to the various cultural goings on jostling for your attention in the coming months.