Norwich Dragon Festival set to bring fire to a cold winter

Morris dancers and their Dragons perform outside the Forum as part of a previous Dragon Festival. Morris dancers and their Dragons perform outside the Forum as part of a previous Dragon Festival.

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Friday, January 3, 2014
12:10 AM

Tales of how dragons, beasts and knights stalked Norwich will help to warm up the cold winter next month when the city celebrates its Dragon Festival.

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Fans of dragon tales of all ages will be able to participate in more than 70 dragon-related activities and events over a two-week period including performances, quests and tours, films, competitions and arts and craft activities. The extravaganza, from February 10-23, will also feature puppet shows, storytelling, talks, exhibitions and displays.

Visitors will be able to see the city’s Snapdragon out and about with the Whifflers and discover the hidden Dragon’s Spell, a quest throughout the city to track down dragons and uncover the secret spell.

There will also be Dragon Heart Beats – a smoke-breathing, fire-throwing dragon performance outside the Forum; and Meet the Dragon at intu Chapelfield – tame the dragon, rescue Sir Aurelious and win the golden breastplates to enter the Dragon’s Lair.

The festival is organised by Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART), with support from the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), The Forum, and Norwich Town Close Estate Charity.

Michael Loveday, chief executive of HEART, said: “Not only will it provide the opportunity for people to have a great time during the grey, post-Christmas period but it will hopefully have a positive effect on the local economy – the last festival generated a spend of £450,000 over just a fortnight.”

Pick up the Norwich Dragon Festival brochure from venues and tourist information centres across Norfolk, or at www.heritage city.org/dragonfestival. Follow @NorwichHEART and #NorwichDragonFestival on Twitter, or see Norwich HEART or Norwich Dragon Festival on Facebook.

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