Happy Birthday Roald Dahl! The 13 September 2016 marks 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth, and there are celebrations taking place across the world, not least in his home, the UK. Some of the biggest will be the City of the Unexpected in his hometown of Cardiff (17-18 September) and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre celebrations.
If you haven’t heard of Roald Dahl, he’s a famous author, and you’re missing out on some of the world’s finest stories! Many have been made into major films, from The BFG to Matilda, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory among them. They’re fantastic – go and read or watch their film versions right now. Be sure to go and see the fantastic West End theatre productions of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Matilda too!
For those of you who are in the know, take a look at what’s going on in Cardiff. They’re keeping it quite secret, but there’ll be thousands of performers, curious and unexpected goings on, readings of Roald Dahl around the city’s most mysterious and secret spaces, and even a great pyjama picnic! Be sure to explore Roald Dahl’s connection to the city by taking a look at some of the city’s major landmarks.
Be sure to check out the Wondercrump exhibition too, which is full of installations and objects from the Roald Dahl Story Museum archives, not to mention some fun spaces to squirm your way through. The exhibition will be at the Wales Millennium Centre until January 2017.