The Norwich Dragon Festival involves two weeks packed full of over 60 dragon-related activities for all the family, with 49 events being free. It runs from Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 February 2011 (the second week being half-term) at around 30 venues, including 8 of the Norwich 12 buildings.
The events are linked to the symbol of the dragon and celebrate its role in the heritage and culture of Norwich. It is back by popular demand following the success of the first Festival in February 2009.
You can now view all events online and create your own festival itinerary and view the 40-page colour events brochure online. We can also post a copy of the brochure to you - please send your contact details to , or pick one up from many cultural venues across the greater Norwich area from mid-December onwards.
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Dragons have been a heraldic symbol closely associated with the city of Norwich since the Middle Ages and today dragons are still visible across the architechture of the Norwich 12 buildings and beyond.
The Festival will be a great opportunity for local people and visitors alike to visit Norwich's beautiful heritage sites, and learn more about the city's history and its myths and legends. The Norwich 12 buildings will play host to a wide selection of talks, exhibitions and hands on activities for people of all ages.
We would love to hear from you if you want to get involved. There are several ways you can get involved, be a part of the festival and support such a dynamic and fun project:
We will be calling on volunteers to help us deliver the festival and there will be a variety of opportunities to get involved including: organising events, stewarding at events, delivering marketing and much more. For more information call 01603 599577 or email .
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The first ever Norwich Dragon Festival - a unique celebration of dragons in the history and culture of our city - ran from 31 January to 22 February in 2009 with around 40 events in over 15 venues across the city.
There was a packed programme of story-telling, puppet shows, film, art and craft activities, exhibitions, talks, sculpture and much more, with most of the activities being free and many located in Norwich's most beautiful and historic buildings.
22,000 people took part, with 100 staff, 89 volunteers and 29 partner organisations working together on it. The Dragon Festival won the EDP Norfolk Tourism award for Best Marketing Initiative in 2009.