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Plans to celebrate 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas unveiled

Plans for a year of activities and events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dylan Thomas in 2014 have been announced by Housing, Regeneration and Heritage Minister Huw Lewis.

The Minister joined Hannah Ellis, the writer’s granddaughter and honorary patron of the festival to unveil plans for the Dylan Thomas 100 (DT100) Festival at an event at the Hay Literary Festival, where he called for groups and organisations interested in staging an event to apply for a share of the £750,000 of funding that has been made available by the Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales, City & County of Swansea and Carmarthenshire Councils.

He said:

"Dylan Thomas is probably the most famous and celebrated writer that Wales has ever produced and the contribution he has made to Wales, both culturally and commercially by attracting tourists from all over the world, is incredibly important. I am therefore delighted to announce the Welsh Government is leading this project along with the Arts Council for Wales, partner local authorities and wider stakeholders who have all worked together to create the Dylan Thomas 100 festival".

"Our vision is of a compelling, inspiring celebration of the life, work and influence of Dylan Thomas – a year-long programme of cultural and academic activity that enthuses people in Wales and beyond, brings new visitors to Wales and has an impact that leaves a fitting legacy. We would be glad to hear about proposals that will fit with this vision."

Throughout 2014, The Welsh Government, the Arts Council of Wales and City and County of Swansea and Carmarthenshire Councils will lead the celebration of the life, work and legacy of Dylan Thomas. The programme of events – large and small, international and local – will highlight the artistic, cultural, educational and commercial importance of one of Wales’s most important and revered writers. Events will be based around four themes based on Dylan Thomas’ works.

  • "Between the Covers of Books" (Education and Learning);
  • "To Wales in My Arms" (Tourism);
  • "Sailed and Set Dazzling" (International), and;
  • "High Hill and Green Fuse" (Events which are intended to inspire festival activity.)

The Dylan Thomas 100 fund will be split into three sections with £500,000 available for three of four signature events of international quality, £225,000 available for up to 10 medium scale events and £25,000 to be shared amongst smaller community events.

The first step of the application process, which will be managed by the Arts Council of Wales, opened yesterday and the deadline for responses is noon on 5th July. This involves completing a short questionnaire to ensure plans match the overall vision of the project. Projects eligible for consideration will then be invited to submit a more detailed application. Match funding of at least 25% must be confirmed for applications to be eligible.

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