September 17 2014 Latest news:
Friday, March 21, 2014
Organisers of this year’s Norwich Dragon Festival have declared it a roaring success and are now asking people to share their thoughts on the heritage extravaganza.
The festival from February 10 to 23 celebrated the city’s heritage and historical link with dragons by putting on a packed programme of events.
It was organized by Norwich HEART (Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust) and the organisation is now asking people to fill in feedback forms to help the next Norwich Dragon Festival be even better.
Michael Loveday, CEO of Norwich HEART, said: “This has been the biggest and best Norwich Dragon Festival yet, and there’s been something for everyone, from craft activities and a dragon trail across the city, through heritage talks and lectures, to a smoke and fire-breathing dragon. The festival is just one way that HEART engages people with heritage, through the symbol of the dragon and its association with historic Norwich guilds.”
City centre businesses also got into the fiery spirit and let dragons take over their shops and cafes for a festival competition.
The winners were The Tannery, in the Royal Arcade, for best window display and YMCA Norfolk - Stepping Stones Café for best dragon menu. The Tannery’s window included a handmade knight, a dragon’s eye peering through a window frame, a story about a dragon and a tanner, and even a dragon made out of handbags and leather gloves while Stepping Stones Café served up a medieval-inspired ‘dragon’ menu.
The Norwich Dragon Festival was organised by Norwich HEART, with support from Norwich Business Improvement District (BID), The Forum and the Norwich Town Close Estate Charity.
People are now being asked to fill out feedback forms about the festival at http://bit.ly/DragonSurvey before Wednesday, March 26 and be in with the chance of winning some dragon-themed prizes.
Feedback forms can also be sent to HEART, The Guildhall, Gaol Hill, Norwich, NR2 1JS.
To see images from the festival visit www.heritagecity.org/dragonfestival.