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Roald Dahl, Matilda.

BFGRoald Dahl was born in Llandaff in 1916. Though he left Wales to go to a boarding school in England he loved Wales and even fought hard to raise funds to help keep the Norwegian Church where he was baptised from going into disrepair.

The Welsh government, Wales Millennium Centre, National Theatre Wales and Literature Wales have all joined forces to celebrate 100 years of all things Dahl. Well known for his novels such as Matilda, The Witches and The Twits he will be celebrated with a programme called ‘Invent Your Event’ by Literature Wales, a project called ‘Land of Song’ for schools and an art exhibition of the artist Quentin Blake synonymous with Dahl’s stories.

The ‘City of the Unexpected’ is taking place in Cardiff September 17-18 where they plan on transforming the normal and mundane into the weird and wonderful. Who knows what you’ll see; a giant peach alongside a great glass elevator? A Muggle Wump sitting on a tree with the Roly-Poly bird? Or will we see the Grand High Witch and the Bloodbottler fighting it out?

Visit the website to sign up for further information.

The centenary celebrations aim to hit a global audience and will be helped along with Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of The BFG due out in the cinemas July 2016.

There are events all over the country to celebrate the amazing man that was Roald Dahl. Click here for more information on where to see differing events.

You can also register to receive a free downloadable activity pack to do with your children/grandchildren or even have a go yourself by following this link.

See our page on travelling with grandchildren.

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