Dragons returned to the streets of Norwich for Norwich Dragon Festival 10-23 February 2014.
The Norwich Dragon Festival 2014: Warming Up Winter saw two weeks packed full of dragon-related activities and events linked to the symbol of the dragon, celebrating its role in the heritage and culture of Norwich.
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See some highlights from the festival in our Flickr gallery:
The Festival was organised by Norwich's Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), with support from the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and The Forum Trust. It included a wide range of events themed around dragons, to promote heritage to a broad audience during the post-Christmas depths of winter.
Dragon-seekers of all ages enjoyed films, sculpture, competitions, processions and walks, arts and craft workshops, puppet shows and dressing up, dragon trails, story-telling sessions, dance performances, talks and exhibitions, and artwork and displays created by community groups and local artists.
Dragons have been a heraldic symbol closely associated with the city of Norwich since the Middle Ages (including the Guild of St George and its procession featuring Snap the dragon), and today dragons are still visible across the city's architecture and feature in many city celebrations.
Michael Loveday, Chief Executive of Norwich HEART said: "Norwich has got an amazing wealth of outstanding heritage that stands head and shoulders above other cities. HEART's hugely successful Dragon Festival is a brilliant way of getting all generations into heritage, and our 2011 events showed that over 75,000 people enjoyed this unique heritage experience."
After the success of the inaugural Dragon Festival in 2009, the event returned in 2011 due to popular demand, with another two weeks packed with over 60 dragon-related activities for all the family. Running from Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 February 2011, the second week being half-term, events took place at around 30 venues across Norwich.
The Festival offered local people and visitors alike a great opportunity to learn more about the city's history and its myths and legends in a range of talks and exhibitions; hands-on activities; arts and craft workshops; puppet shows, story-telling sessions, films and dance performances; and to be inspired by a range of artwork and displays created by community groups and local artists. Venues included Norwich Castle, Dragon Hall, Norwich Playhouse, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Puppet Theatre, both Cathedrals, the Assembly House and the University of East Anglia.
Take a look at how the Festival unfolded on Norwich HEART's Flickr page, where you can see images taken throughout the festival fortnight at many venues around the city.
You can still check out which events took place during the Norwich Dragon Festival 2011 on our events listing page. You can also view the 40-page colour events brochure online and review all the fascinating links dragons have to Norwich's heritage.
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.