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Wales to ‘reclaim’ Roald Dahl with major festival

The centenary of Roald Dahl’s death will be celebrated across Wales in 2016 as the country seeks to ‘reclaim’ the author.

Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr Fox.
Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr Fox. Image by Ryan Dickey / CC BY 2.0

Dahl was born in Cardiff in 1916 and went on to write a string of enormously successful books, including the Fantastic Mr Fox, the BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, many of which have been turned into films. Events will take place all over the country, and Cardiff will host a major exhibition, ‘The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl’, alongside a festival that will feature thousands of performers. City of the Unexpected will take place from 15–17 September and will be directed by Nigel Jamieson, who helmed the opening ceremony for the Sydney Olympics. Read more: bbc.co.uk