Dragon Handlers wanted

Norwich’s Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is looking for people to become Dragon Handlers to act as volunteers in the 2014 Norwich Dragon Festival.

Dragon Handlers must be enthusiastic, friendly, have good communications skills and a love of heritage, and can work in many different roles ranging from event stewardship, brochure distribution, office support, social media coverage, photography, collecting feedback and much more.

This is a fantastic work experience opportunity where you can take part in one of the city’s premier cultural festivals, gain skills to improve your CV, meet new people and increase your understanding of local heritage.

The Norwich Dragon Festival 2014: Warming Up Winter takes place from 10-23 February, although volunteers are wanted in the run-up to the festival also, and features over 70 dragon-related activities and events over two weeks, including half-term. Dragon-seekers of all ages will enjoy dragon performances, quests and tours, films, competitions, arts and craft activities, puppet shows, dragon trails, storytelling, talks, exhibitions and displays.

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, and venues around the city getting involved, the festival includes a wide range of events themed around dragons, to promote heritage to a broad audience during the post-Christmas depths of winter. 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 two Norwich Dragon Festivals ran in 2009 and 2011, with the latter attracting 75,000 visitors and generating an economic impact on the local economy of £400,000.

Madeleine Coupe, Projects Development Officer at HEART, and co-ordinator of the festival, said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for people to get involved with a fun and exciting festival. With over 70 events around the city, put on by HEART and our partner organisations, we’ll need help from Dragon Handlers to make the festival the best yet. There’s plenty of different roles to stuck into, from handing out brochures, through event stewarding, to social media, taking photos or helping with the evaluation.”

To find out more about becoming a Dragon Handler, visit http://bit.ly/DragonHandler to download the Volunteer Form, or email [email protected].

For more information on the festival, pick up the Norwich Dragon Festival brochure from venues and Tourist Information Centres across Norwich and Norfolk, or download the brochure and see all event listings, including new additions, at www.heritagecity.org/dragonfestival.

You can also follow announcements about the festival on Twitter at @NorwichDragons@NorwichHEART and #NorwichDragonFestival, or on Facebook –Norwich HEART or Norwich Dragon Festival.


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