The Norwich Dragon Festival 2011 has sadly finished. The two week programme of over 60 dragon-related activities for all the family ran from Saturday 12 to Sunday 27 February 2011 (the second week being half-term) at around 30 venues across Norwich.
The events were all linked to the symbol of the dragon and celebrated its role in the heritage and culture of Norwich. The festival returned following popular demand, after its inaugural run in 2009.
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 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 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 hosted events across Norwich.
To review the festival, visit Norwich HEART's Flickr page, where you can see images taken throughout the festival fortnight at many venues around the city.
You can still view the events listings by clicking here to see all the fantastic dragon related events that took place across the city. 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.
Art Alive Dragon Trail, an event organised by Jenny Hawks and Fiona Muller.
If you know of any other dragon-related events let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll put the details here.
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