Wales reclaims Roald Dahl for 2016 centenary

Wales reclaims Roald Dahl for 2016 centenary

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl, and to celebrate, Wales, his home, will lay on a two-day celebration in memory of his life and work.

Roald Dahl was a British novelist, short story writer and poet, whose books have sold over 200 million copies worldwide. All around the globe, he has been loved for his children’s books including those such as ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’, ‘Matilda’ and ‘James and the Giant Peach’. His books have inspired the imaginations of both children and adults alike, promoting an array of films, stage shows, merchandise and even chocolate bars.

Yet, despite being loved by millions, not many people know that Dahl was Welsh and spent his early schooldays in Cardiff.

As this September would have been his 100th birthday, Welsh Arts organisations have come together to put on a series of events that will mark his legacy and celebrate this important centenary.

The Welsh Government, National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and Literature Wales have put together a group of event under the name ‘Roald Dahl 100 in Wales’, which will consist of programmes taking place over the 17th and 18th of September in locations all throughout Cardiff city centre.


The ‘Roald Dahl 100 in Wales’ celebration will also form part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Year of Adventure’, which will act as a tourism boosting initiative to see Wales build on a ongoing 10 year development with hopes of making Wales one of the UK’s leading adventure destinations – fitting perfectly with Dahl, considering he and his imaginary characters were no strangers to adventure.

Ken Skates, the Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism in Wales said,

“The Year of Adventure theme was deliberately selected to complement and feature the Roald Dahl Centenary. The Roald Dahl 100 Wales programme will greatly enhance the Year of Adventure next year as Dahl himself was a great ambassador of adventure and believed firmly in the power of adventure to expand horizons and change lives”.


Lolfa Cynin, a hotel in the Welsh county Carmarthenshire, will also celebrate by holding special tea parties using Charlie and The Chocolate factory as its inspiration. Gwawr Davies, an owner at the hotel said that “Charlie and the Chocolate factory was the result of our brain storming”, and that “We have a chocolate shortbread swirl cookie on a stick which took five recipes to perfect. It’s been a lot of fun with the taste testing.”

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