"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."
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