2014 marks the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth, and many events are planned throughout the year to celebrate Swansea’s most famous son.
Some events will be supported by the Welsh Government, including the following. More information is available at www.dylanthomas100.org
Around the Dylan Thomas Centre and through the City of Swansea
As the international focal point for Dylan fans and scholars, the Centre will present an exciting year-round festival celebrating Swansea’s most famous son, and showcasing the best in contemporary writing.
We’ll commission new work, exhibit Dylan Thomas’ Notebooks, which will return to Swansea for the first time, and develop and expand our Dylan Thomas Exhibition.
The Dylan Weekends
Weekend festivals in Laugharne with poetry, biography, music, film, radio and comedy
A Dylan Odyssey by Literature Wales
Trips and Stays hosted by Literature Wales, which will include kayaking from Laugharne to Llansteffan, pony trap rides to Fern Hill Farm, jazz and beat poetry in Oxford and a behind the scenes tour of the National Museum Wales
The Dylan Thomas Boathouse
Celebrity, literary and art events at the Boathouse, the Laugharne Weekend in April and The ‘Writing Shed’ Experience (throughout Carmarthen)
My Friend Dylan Thomas Festival – musical responses to Dylan Thomas’ work
‘Good Cop Bad Cop’ with Chapter, Cardiff
Lleisiau/Voices – a celebration and investigation of Wales’s history of performance of the spoken word
Dylan Thomas Birthplace at 5 Cwmdonkin Drive
Dylanathon – photo-marathon celebrating Dylan Thomas’ life and works
Bedazzled – a Welshman in New York – performance based events, set in disused pubs and bars
Lighthouse Theatre Ltd
Promenade performance in Swansea of Dylan’s Return Journey
Contemporary art interventions in the city around key locations associated with Dylan Thomas
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth
NLW will showcase its recently compiled archive of Dylan Thomas material in a major exhibition which promises new insights and discoveries.
National Museum, Cardiff
The Museum will be announcing the curtain raiser for the Dylan Thomas centenary in collaboration with a leading UK artist.
National Theatre of Wales in Collaboration with BBC Cymru
Global event star-studded mix of live broadcast film and performance
Site-specific visual art with curator Craig Wood
Swansea Festival of Music and the Arts
This year’s annual festival will have a Wales premiere of A Dylan Thomas Trilogy by New York composer John Corigliano and a Festival commission from Swansea-born international composer Karl Jenkins entitled Llareggub.
Taliesin Arts Centre
A new opera by John Metcalf based on the first radio broadcast in New York of Under Milk Wood
The company works with young people and will perform a contemporary take on Dylan Thomas’ text Adventures of the Skin Trade
Renowned Director Michael Bogdanov
will round off the celebration of the centenary year with a new production of A Child’s Christmas in Wales, at the Swansea Grand Theatre, followed by a Wales wide tour.
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