Celebrating Roald Dahl

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Norwegian Chuch as it was

The Norwegian Chuch in Cardiff Bay as it was when Roald Dahl attended it

Many readers will be aware that this year sees the centenary of the birth of Roald Dahl. Throughout our countries there will be events (check our Events’ Listings for some) which lead up to his actual birth date of September 18th.

Before then there is the much heralded launch of the film of one of his best known books, The BFG. The film is released on July 22nd at cinemas throughout the UK.

Here is a quick rundown, courtesy of Visit England, of some of the events during the rest of the year.

In the Buckinghamshire town of Aylesbury the Roald Dahl Festival is on July 2nd. This annual community event brings together over 1,000 school children and an audience of approximately 5,000 with larger-than-life puppets and colourful artwork, made by children and young people in the local area culminating in a parade through the streets of Aylesbury.

Nearby in Great Missendon, throughout this year, the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre is, exploring the stories, characters and life of Dahl. There will be special displays and activities, with Roald Dahl Day celebrations on 17 and 18 September, when Great Missenden is to be transformed into the Village of the Unexpected.

From the 8th of July until 31st of August, London will be transformed BFG land. Trafalgar Square, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, St Paul’s Cathedral, Leicester Square, Tower of London and the home of Dahl himself in Great Missenden, will each play host to giant dream jars which contain the dreams of celebrities and top artists. Expect to see the imagined dreams of Steven Spielberg, Sophie Dahl, Quentin Blake, Nadiya Hussain of Bake off, Paralympian David Weir, Game of Thrones’ Maisie Williams and Arsenal Football Club. The BFG Dream Jar Trail has been inspired by the dream jars in the film, which the BFG uses to store good and bad dreams. The dream jars will be sold at auction, with the proceeds going to the Save the Children.

At the Southbank Centre in London there is an exhibition lasting until Sunday called The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl which takes visitors on an interactive journey through the life and secrets of the man including the fact that he was a spy in WWII.

At Tatton Park in Cheshire, until 30th of October, there will be the opportunity for kids to dress up, create invitations to Mr Fox’s Feast; go on a journey through the gardens with Danny Champion of the World, and see Matilda in the Mansion where you can have fun in the Roald Dahl inspired activity room and discover the curious world of Matilda Wormwood.

For any reader of his books, Roald Dahl’s characters are inevitably linked with the drawings of   Quentin Blake. At the House of Illustration in London, forty original artworks, including unpublished illustrations of The BFG which have never been exhibited in public before can be seen until the beginning of October.

On the weekend of September 17th and 18th, hus city of birth, Cardiff , will be transformed into the “City of the Unexpected” – claimed to be the biggest arts event ever to happen on the streets of Cardiff. Everyday places across the whole city of Cardiff will be transformed with well-loved Roald Dahl characters popping up in unexpected ways


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