Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales
In September 2016, more than 120,000 people attended Wales’ largest ever cultural event, staged to celebrate the centenary of Roald Dahl. With over 7,000 people performing, making and volunteering, Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected was a totally surprising celebration of the man, his characters and his stories.
The Welsh capital - where Roald Dahl was born on 13th September 1906 - became a place where reality was turned on its head, and where the laws of physics, logic and the predictable gave way to magic, fun, invention and the surreal, as if Dahl himself was at the helm.
Participants and audience members immersed themselves in everything from large-scale events to intimate performances - all staged across Cardiff’s streets and public spaces, in shops and arcades, at iconic buildings and parks.
To mark his centenary and to give thanks for the legacy he created, Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected was a world-class event worthy of a world-class writer.