Monday, 23 March 2015 00:00

GoGoDragons!

Written by  Helen Vinsen
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Following the success of GoGoGorillas! in 2013, Break Charity is firing up our City centre with a blaze of dragons, this summer, bringing visitors to Norwich, embracing creativity and ultimately raising funds with an auction at the end of the event.

GoGoDragons! is a Wild in Art event brought to Norwich by Break Charity, the  presenting partner Norwich BID, together with supporting partners Almary Green and Aspiration Europe.  Each of the 80 plus large dragon sculptures is sponsored by a local business, trust or group.  Seven sculptures are Heritage related dragons, painted and designed by artists and community groups.  The GoGoDragons! trail starts on 21st June and ends on 5th September 2015.

The education partner for this project is The Forum Trust who are adding value to the project by extending this exciting event through to schools, with a medium sized dragon, an additional cross curricular pack and training.  This provides many educational and community groups with the opportunity to learn more about the mythical, historical and local connections of Dragons, as well as embrace the creative skills needed to decorate the 3D form. They will also learn about how the money raised will help vulnerable children, young people and families across East Anglia. These dragons will hit the streets of Norwich on 4th July, and will be clustered in The Forum, Intu Chapelfield, Castle Mall, Norwich Lanes and some local independents.

The dragon designs were submitted by artists in November 2014 when sponsors had the opportunity to look at all the designs and choose their favourite one.  The artists are all full steam ahead now and many of the designs have been completed.  During January – May, some sponsors are revealing their design at a prestigious event or activity to promote their business, whilst others are keeping it completely quiet until the big launch in June.

The themes of the designs fit into the following categories – Norwich & Norfolk inspired; Characters; Nature inspired; Cult inspired; Elements and Pattern.  The variety of chosen designs include:  watercolour, acrylic, mosaic tiles, car parts, eagle head, rhinestones, tuppences, 3D modeling and much, much more!

During the trail there are activities all over the city which are dragon related which can be followed on the dragon Facebook page, Twitter feed, Instagram or the website.

The Heritage Dragons will each have their own activities ranging from medieval calligraphy, flint knapping to musical soirees and puppetry skills.

Norwich City Council will be running Playday activities throughout the summer holidays with a dragon theme, as well as The Forum and Intu-Chapelfield with their individual events for children. Up-to-date information can be found at www.gogodragons.co.uk 

There will be a trail map to find all the locations and we are working on a weekend bus ride with a bus ride to get to the dragons placed a little further out of the city centre.  The trail will give the participant a series of codes that will in turn allow them to enter a competition for an incredible far flung prize in association with KLM and Norwich International Airport.

This activity will be supported by an App that allows the trail maker to find out more about Break Charity, the artist and sponsor alike, and can be downloaded later in the year.

Merchandise is available through our partners Jarrolds of Norwich including GoGoMinis! which are replicas of five large GoGoDragons!  Collection boxes can be downloaded through www.gogodragons.co.uk to allow you to collect loose change and help donate to Break Charity too

The event culminates in a last chance to see all the dragons outside The Forum on 27-30th September and then the auction with T W Gaze and Jake Humphrey on Thursday 1st October 2015.  Tickets for this will be available to purchase via www.gogodragons.co.uk

To find out more about Break charity please visit visit www.gogodragons.co.uk and www.break-charity.org 

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 22:50

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