Cardiff to celebrate Dahl centenary in 2016

Cardiff to celebrate Dahl centenary in 2016

A city-wide celebration of Roald Dahl, including theatrical spectacles and art exhibitions, will take place in Cardiff next year to celebrate the author’s centenary.

For the "City of the Unexpected" event, co-producers National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre will organise live events across Cardiff to mark 100 years since Dahl was born in the Welsh capital.

John McGrath of National Theatre Wales and Graeme Farrow of Wales Millennium Centre, said in a joint statement: “We are delighted that the first ever major co-production between the Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales will be such an extraordinary response to the world of Cardiff's greatest story-teller. Both our companies are used to creating big, beautiful and surprising productions, but with City of The Unexpected we will be on our largest ever stage - the whole city of Cardiff.  Expect to see everyday places utterly transformed – seen through the eyes of Roald Dahl.”

Other celebrations include exhibitions of the work of Quentin Blake, who illustrated many of Dahl’s books, and a series of bilingual out-reach events organised by Literature Wales.

Lleucu Siencyn, chief executive of Literature Wales, said: “Dahl is loved by children and adults all over the world but not many know that he was born in Cardiff and is one of ours… Literature Wales will work with communities, youth groups, festivals and arts organisations and businesses across the country to ensure that the centenary is celebrated everywhere.”

Luke Kelly, m.d. of the Dahl estate and Dahl’s grandson, announced the "Roald Dahl 100 in Wales" centenary plans at the Norwegian church in Cardiff, where Roald Dahl was baptised. He also unveiled the official Roald Dahl 100 logo in the form of a flag (pictured).