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City of the Unexpected

Our celebrations peaked with Wales Millennium Centre partnering with National Theatre Wales to produce Wales' biggest ever arts event City of the Unexpected.


On Saturday 17th September, Cardiff's city centre exploded into the weird and wonderful world of Roald Dahl. Dozens of unexpected happenings were experienced on the streets and buildings throughout the city. Tens of thousands welcomed the arrival of a Giant Peach and were entertained by a mischievous, talented fox family in escaping from a flurry of furious farmers.


In the evening, audiences were invited to attend the wedding of Miss Ladybird and Mr Fireman after a whirlwind romance! Cardiff's City Hall was transformed into a gloriumptious chocolate factory and families were treated to a DJ set from Mr Fox and a chance to see James and the Giant Peach in the sky amongst the fireworks.


Special readings of extracts from Roald Dahl's stories were held around the city centre in weird and wonderful spaces. Audiences discovered the underbelly of Cardiff's hidden secret spaces: bank vaults, castles, secret gardens, churches, worm farms and City halls filled with the spirit and stories of Cardiff's most famous storyteller Roald Dahl.


The finale of the weekend was The Great Pyjama Picnic, a free family event held on Sunday 18th September in Bute Park. The Great Pyjama Picnic brought together all the themes, stories, characters and cast of the weekend in a huge celebration of food, music and story. The fun included a Roald Dahl-inspired picnic competition, a mass pillow fight and a Twmpath, enjoyed by 20,000 people.

 

Read the thoughts of our Creative Learning Senior Producer on that fantastic weekend here.

For more exciting information, videos and photos go to the offical site here.


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