The new Dylan Thomas 100 Festival website launched today to enable the public to start getting involved by exploring and adding content in the build-up to the start of the centenary year this coming October. The project was delivered by our Cardiff studio and was backed by the Welsh Government, British Council Wales and a number of other notable bodies. Ambassadors include actors Michael Sheen and Matthew Rhys and Welsh poet Gillian Clarke.
The website 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 celebrations. One of the key features of the new website is an interactive map and timeline which allows visitors to explore and share a wide range of events and information and users will also be able to upload their own contributions to the website to be discovered and shared by a wide audience.
The aim was to make people feel a part of this online community. The Beta site has been launched early to enable key stakeholders and visitors to help ensure the content and the functionality is just right, and allows users to make most of the Dylan Thomas 100 celebrations."
Welsh MP, 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 in years to come”.
You can find out more about the festival and view the website here: http://dylanthomas100.org.