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Cardiff is getting set to become a place where realism is turned around on its head, and the rules of physics, reason and the expected give way to mystics’, fun and the unreal. This is Cardiff as you haven’t seen it before.

Everyone is going to be talking about the Welsh born author and the world’s number one narrator. If you’re not sure who he is, there was life before J K Rowling, check out The BFG, James and the Giant Peach or Matilda. 

Nigel Jamieson, director of the event, said: “Roald Dahl’s imagination has touched the most extraordinary number of people around the world. For generations, he has been part of our bedtimes, our childhoods, and the development of our imaginations. It is thus fitting that the weekend celebrating his birth in Cardiff will involve one of the most ambitious mobilisations of a city’s inhabitants ever attempted, together transforming it into a place that will unlock the child in everyone and create a city of wonder and surprise.

What’s on guide:

Saturday 17 September, 13.00 – 21.30

Cardiff’s city centre will burst into the bizarre and brilliant world of Roald Dahl. Look out for unpredicted events on the streets and buildings throughout the city. Not everything is what it seems. 

Sunday 18 September, 10.30 – 14.00

Pull up a chair, and listen to a reading of Roald Dahl's stories in bank crypts, castles, secret gardens, churches, worm farms and the city hall. If you fancy yourself as a bit of an explorer, it’s the perfect way to gain access into some of the city’s hidden secret spaces. A £10 ticket will get you into two readings. 

Sunday 18 September, 14.00 – 17.00

Have you ever fancied wandering around in your pyjamas? No, nor have I, but when in Cardiff and all that.

The great pyjama picnic in Bute Park brings together all the ideas, stories, characters and group of actors from the weekend, for food, music and story. 

Go along in your pyjamas and take a picnic.


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