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 city's architecture and feature in many city celebrations.
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. In 2011, a second Norwich Dragon Festival ran with an incredible 60 events in 2 weeks.
Both festivals were coordinated by HEART, and saw over 30 local organisations run community events across Norwich, including 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
The festivals 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.
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