Red Dragon Center and Nathan Wyburn toast 25 years

As part of a year of celebrations for its 25e anniversary, premier entertainment venue The Red Dragon Center in Cardiff Bay is asking the public to contribute to an exclusive new art installation created by Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn.

Nathan is an artist who specializes in creating pieces from non-traditional mediums, primarily celebrity portraits from food. He was a Britain’s Got Talent finalist in 2011, creating a portrait of judge Michael McIntyre from Marmite on toast.

The well-known artist will create a mural for the Red Dragon Center using photos of the center over the years sent in by customers, as well as interactive creative workshops during the Centre’s anniversary weekend.

The Centre’s official anniversary celebrations will take place on August 28 and 29 and, in addition to Nathan’s art workshops, will include face painting stations and a giant ball pit facility which will contain 25,000 balls and the chance to win. Prizes from Center brands, including movie tickets, bowling passes and dining vouchers.

Emma Constantinou, Marketing Manager of Red Dragon Center, said: “We are so excited to celebrate our 25e birthday in style, and Nathan’s giant mural will be a wonderful way to engage our customers year after year.

“Our customers are an important part of our story and that’s why we hope to receive as many photos as possible, so that we can celebrate some of our highlights from the last 25 years and bring them together in an amazing visual way. Photos can be of anything people are willing to share, whether it’s photos of them bowling, eating in one of the restaurants or just having fun with friends, all are welcome.

Officially opened in 1997, the former Atlantic Wharf Leisure Village is home to a host of interactive, lifestyle and dining venues, including the Odeon Cinema, Wales’ only IMAX screen, and the Hollywood Bowl, both of which are of the center’s key attractions from the start.

In the 25 years since it opened, many additional brands have joined the Center family to become an integral part of the entertainment and dining experience, including Grosvenor Casino, Simply Gym, Bella Italia, Five Guys, Spice Route, Volcano, Cardiff. Bay Tavern, Cadwaladers and Zaika.

The Center is the site of studio Capital FM South Wales, formerly Red Dragon FM, as well as Heart FM. Today, Josh and Kally live stream their Capital Drive Show every day of the week.

Anyone wishing to submit shared images for Nathan to use in the giant mural, please contact the Red Dragon Center on social media or email [email protected]. The masterpiece will be officially unveiled by Nathan at the Center before the holiday season, and his workshop will take place on August 29.

Freeda S. Scott