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  • Janeen Christoff | May 8, 2016 1:00 PM ET

    VisitLondon Honors Roald Dahl With a Special Exhibition

    VisitLondon Honors Roald Dahl With a Special Exhibition

    PHOTO: Roald Dahl's Big Friendly Giant will come to life this summer. (Photo courtesy London and Partners)

    When two worlds collide, like films and books, the experience can be a very rewarding one.  This summer, two of the world’s most famous storyteller, Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg, will come together when one of the author’s best-loved tales, “The BFG” (big friendly giant), comes to life at the hands of the award-winning director.

    The story tells the tale of a young girl who is introduced to the wonders and perils of Giant Country and features stars such as Mark Rylance, Rebecca Hall, Penelope Wilton, Rafe Spall and more.

    VisitLondon is honoring the launch of the film with a special art exhibition in which many well known celebrities will be bottling their dreams in giant glass jars placed around London and elsewhere around the country.  The dreams will be reflected inside by sculptures created by talented artists and, at the end of the exhibition, the jars will be auctioned off to Save the Children and Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity, in an effort to raise money to help the lives of young people around the world.

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    “The trail will be a wonderful and inspirational addition to the streets of the capital this summer, giving families, Londoners and visitors of all ages the chance to recapture the magic of Roald Dahl’s beloved classic as they explore the city,” said Julie Chappell, chief digital officer at Visit London.

    Giving children the chance to dream is what creates change in the world, which is why this program is so empowering for a charity such as Save the Children.

    “Changing the world for children means giving them the chance to dream,” said Tanya Steele, CEO of Save the Children. “That’s why Save the Children works in some of the toughest places in the world to make sure every child gets that chance. We do whatever it takes to help children get the healthiest start in life, providing access to life-changing education and protecting them in times of disaster. We’re thrilled to be a beneficiary of The BFG Dream Jar Trail because, through the money raised, we’ll be able to make sure that more children get the opportunity to fulfil their potential no matter how big their dreams are. Together, we can rewrite the story for children everywhere.”

    So far, contributors to the jars include the Steven Spielberg, star Mark Rylance who plays the giant; Sophie Dahl, the granddaughter of the book’s author, Roald Dahl; illustrator Quentin Blake; Great British Bake Off winner Nadiya Hussain; Game of Thrones’ star Maisie Williams; Arsenal football player Per Mertesacker; and one of the most successful Paralympians of all time, David Weir.

    "I'm very excited to be a part of The BFG Dream Jar Trail, share my dream with you and support the valuable work that Save the Children do encouraging and enabling children across the Globe to dream big,” said Spielberg.

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    The main character of the movie is supposedly based upon the granddaughter of Roald Dahl, Sophie Dahl, who is excited to participate in the exhibition.

    “I am thrilled to be part of such a creative adventure in support of the incredible work of Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s charity,” said Dahl. “My grandfather was a great champion of dreams and imagination and I feel he would have been delighted to see his work supporting children in this way.”

    The jars will be found in some of London’s top attractions as well as locations around the UK, including Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, The Tower of London, Leicester Square, the Emirates Stadium and, of course, the Buckinghamshire home of Roald Dahl himself and Great Missenden.

    Families can visit this trail between July 8 and Aug. 31 this summer to see inspirational and magical dreams brought to life.

    Visit London will have a dedicated section of its website that will be available to London visitors who want to view the trail map, share pictures and read and learn about the stories behind each jar.

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Janeen Christoff Are We There Yet: Tips For Family Trips

Janeen Christoff Janeen Christoff caught the travel bug while living in London, England. After two years on the road, she settled in Los Angeles and focused her writing on what she loved best — exploring the world. Today, she’s a well-traveled mother of two, an adventurer and a world wanderer who writes about destinations around the world for Want to know where she is headed next? Check out her blog at
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