– First minister, Carwyn Jones
"As the momentum behind this great festival gathers pace, I hope that many visitors will be encouraged to visit Wales and discover the inspiration that lies behind the legacy.
This festival will enable people to discover or rediscover Wales and Dylan Thomas, will resurrect a passion for literature and inspire people of all ages to connect moreactively with our rich cultural heritage. It is an opportunity to showcaseWales and to raise further the iconic status of this great literary figure."
Events will be held around the world throughout 2014 to mark 100 years since the birth of Dylan Thomas.
At the National Museum in Cardiff, First Minister Carwyn Jones will open an event which will give details of these celebrations.
Also launching the international festival will be the poet's granddaughter Hannah Ellis, US writer and political activist Kevin Powell, former National Poet of Wales Gwyneth Lewis and harpist Claire Jones.