Flooding through the streets of Cardiff every summer, the annual Pride festivities are some of the biggest and most anticipated celebrations of the year. On 23 June, Candlelight is bringing this magical tribute to queer icons to the city to add to the joyous Pride celebrations. Sit back, relax and enjoy classical renditions of beloved songs by your favourite queer artists and enjoy a magnificent evening to remember this Pride Month.
A sea of flickering candles will be illuminating The Temple of Peace to create an intimate ambience in one of the city’s most beautiful venues. While seated in this serene setting, you’ll hear a string quartet take on songs by trailblazing queer artists including Lil Nas X, Janelle Monáe and Stephen Sondheim.
Queer artists have broken down barriers, opened minds and played a huge part in the fight for equality for the queer community. Lil Nas X and Sam Smith continue to break the mould with their androgynous outfits and queer themes in their music and lyrics. Elton John has changed perceptions and challenged stereotypes while icons including Janelle Monáe and Kim Petras have helped represent multiple groups within the LGBTQIA+ community.
From “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” and “Thinkin Bout You” to “Your Song” and “The Story,” you’ll hear talented musicians perform a broad range of songs by queer artists that have pushed boundaries and helped open the doors for positive change for queer people. Unwind in the gorgeous Temple of Peace and let the soothing sounds of classical music wash over you while celebrating some of the most iconic queer musicians in history.
Candlelight at The Temple of Peace
Unlike most venues in the city, The Temple of Peace isn’t owned by a private company and is instead run by a charity known as the Welsh Centre for International Affairs. This Art Deco gem located in the heart of Cardiff is best characterised by its three enormous windows and towering pillars that stand proudly at the front of the venue. The Grade II listed secular building provides the perfect backdrop for this enchanting Candlelight concert that will be celebrating all things Pride this June.
This spectacular Candlelight concert makes for the perfect plan to celebrate Pride Month in a unique and exciting way. You’ll relax while listening to the moving melodies of classical music under the glow of flickering candles at this sensational tribute to queer musical icons right here in Cardiff.
There will be two back-to-back concerts taking place at 6:30pm and 9pm. Concerts last 90 minutes including a 25 minute interval and doors open 45 minutes prior to the start time.