Michael Sheen, Matthew Rhys, Owen Sheers, Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke are among the latest to throw their weight behind the Dylan Thomas 100 Festival as they have been named as ambassadors for the high-profile festival to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’ birth in 2104.
Their thoughts and comments on how Dylan Thomas’ work has inspired them can be found on the new www.dylanthomas100.org website which went live on July 18.
The new site is being released early so that people can start getting involved by exploring and adding content in the build up to October and the start of the Centenary Year.
Minister for the Economy, Edwina Hart said: “The Welsh Government is proud to be leading on the Dylan Thomas 100 celebrations for 2014. We hope that the site will become a lasting legacy, a living archive that will become not only a showcase for Dylan Thomas, Wales and the Festival, but an evolving online resource and community to be enjoyed for years to come.”
The focus of the website is an interactive map and timeline which will allow visitors to enjoy, explore and share a wide range of events and information. They’ll also be able to upload their own contributions to the website to be discovered and shared by a wide audience.
Honorary Patron of the celebrations, Hannah Ellis, Grand-daughter of Dylan Thomas, will guest blog on the new website. She said: "The website is an ever evolving interactive resource which will allow the different places, groups and events to come together as an online community. We want people to feel a part of it and for everyone to have the chance to share ideas and content. It will be a great opportunity for everyone to work together to ensure Dylan Thomas 100 is a huge success"
Through an imaginative approach, undertaken with creative and design assistance from Cardiff based digital agency Precedent, the site uses contemporary mapping technology and the power of social networks to link all existing Dylan Thomas sites, collating and showcasing what is being done by all those organisations, events and stakeholders involved in the Dylan Thomas 100 celebrations.
You can follow the Festival on twitter @dylanthomas_100 and become a part of the online community.