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Cardiff: City of the Unexpected …


Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales present … Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected! 17 and 18 September 2016

This September, take a trip to Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected for a once-in-a-lifetime experience…

Look out for unexpected happenings on the streets and buildings throughout the city…but don’t be fooled, not everything is what it seems!

Come on an adventure and discover unexpected spaces around the city while you sit back and enjoy extracts from Roald Dahl’s stories read by some familiar faces. Our unexpected readings in unexpected places will be announced in August, when tickets will also go on sale.

Don your pyjamas and join us for a fabulous, free family event at Coopers Field in Bute Park between 2-5pm. The Great Pyjama Picnic will bring together all the themes, stories, characters and cast of the weekend in a huge celebration of food, music and story. Bring your own Roald Dahl-inspired picnic, and you’ll be in with a chance to win a competition judged by Beca Lyne-Pirkis, presenter of S4C’s Becws and former contestant on BBC One’s Great British Bake Off! Beca will be keeping her eyes (and tastebuds) open for picnics in four categories:

  • Most Dahlian Picnic
  • Most Revolting Picnic
  • Most Beautiful Picnic
  • Most Unexpected Picnic

Start planning your Dahl-inspired picnic now!



The Welsh capital will become a place where reality is turned on its head, and where the laws of physics, logic and the predictable will give way to magic, fun, invention and the surreal, as if Roald Dahl himself is at the helm.

This epic weekend will involve a cast of thousands of performers from across the city and jaw-dropping spectacles. Immerse yourself 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.

Born in Cardiff, one hundred years ago this September, Roald Dahl’s imagination has touched the most extraordinary number of people. It has been part of our childhood and our children’s childhood.

To mark his centenary and to give thanks for the legacy he created, this will be a totally surprising celebration of the man, his characters and his stories.

Produced by Wales Millennium Centre and National Theatre Wales, in association with The Roald Dahl Literary Estate, and led by a creative team from Wales and across the globe, Roald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected will be a world-class event worthy of a world-class writer.


Roald Dahl’s City of The Unexpected has many surprises in store for you, which you can find out about in our what’s on section. If you’ve got some extra time while you’re in Cardiff, you may want to explore Roald Dahl’s connection to Cardiff by visiting some of the city’s key landmarks. As well asRoald Dahl’s City of the Unexpected, you can also experience The Wondercrump World of Roald Dahl at Wales Millennium Centre, Quentin Blake: Inside Stories at National Museum Cardiff and Wonderman at the Tramshed (in association with Gagglebabble, National Theatre Wales and Wales Millennium Centre).


City of the Unexpected Facebook event

See also:

National Theatre of Wales
Wales Millennium Centre


NoFit State Circus and National Theatre of Wales announced for Green Man 2014

Exciting news for you culture vultures out there … Green Man Festival have just announced a new area curated by Cardiff-based NoFit State Circus!

Green Man Festival site

NoFit State will be bringing performance installation Open House to the award-winning music and arts festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, from August 14-18.

Open House is billed as a “joyous menagerie of circus chaos to set the crowds alive”. Directed by Orit Azaz, it swaps the traditional big top for a caravanned colony of musicians, acrobats and aerialists in an ever-evolving spectacle where anything can happen.

“Open House is the perfect project for Green Man,” says Ali Williams, creative director of NoFit State Circus, who loves giving people a chance to run away with the circus. “The famously friendly Green Man crowd can join in the action and become part of the performance, while we’ll feel perfectly at home in the breath-taking beauty of the Brecon Beacons.”

green man

The SECOND exciting announcement about performance at Green Man comes from the National Theatre of Wales, who are joining forces with the festival to create a unique signature performance called Green Man // Red Woman, created by Welsh artist Gerald Tyler. It’s a specially created show inspired by the pagan energy that flows through the beautiful festival site, located deep in the heart of the Brecon Beacons.

The story will unfold over the four days of the festival as the action weaves throughout the stunning and powerful location. Culminating in very special Sunday afternoon ceremony, Green Man // Red Woman promises to be touching, funny and just a little bit creepy.

Look out for the red women, evening woodland vigils, a roaming freezer van and a mysterious Sunday marriage ceremony all set to be performed across the enchanting Green Man site over three days.

And frankly, if that’s not all enough to get your frothing at the gills for this year’s Green Man, I don’t know what will be.



NoFit State was founded by five friends in 1986 as a creative reaction to a politically charged world and a deep economic recession. Over the last five years its touring productions have visited 18 different countries, playing to over 350,000 people and winning multiple international arts awards. We Are Cardiff went to see NoFit State’s Bianco – read the review here

National Theatre Wales has collaborated with artists, audiences, communities and companies to create theatre in the English language, rooted in Wales, with an international reach since its launch in 2009. The company brings together storytelling poets, visual visionaries and inventors of ideas. You can find NTW around the corner, across the mountain and in your digital backyard.

The fiercely independent 20,000-capacity Green Man is located in the glorious Brecon Beacons in Wales and offers a unique line-up of live music, comedy, literature, cinema, science and extensive family entertainments. Waterboys, Beirut, Neutral Milk Hotel and Mercury Rev will headline the 12th annual event from August 14-18.

Green Man 2014 line up