Monday, November 02, 2009

25th Jorvik Viking Centre Annual Festival

The Jorvik Viking Centre in the English city of York will be holding its 25th Annual Festival from February 13th to 21st, 2010.

In a press release, the Jorvik Viking Centre, calls on those interested to "join in the action as hundreds of Vikings from all over the world descend on the city for the nine-day programme which will include Vikings fighting in ferocious and bloody battle; a spectacular celebratory fireworks display; a newly commissioned theatre piece from one of the North’s most admired theatre groups and an atmospheric candlelit evening of poetry and music performed for the Viking King.

"The Festival also includes an anniversary conference with international Viking experts in celebration of the original astounding archaeological discovery of the Viking city in York 25 years ago.

"With such a selection of specially organised arts, music, drama and action events taking place, there will be something for everyone in our city-wide celebration of the Viking Age in York."

Historical talks will also be given by York Archaeological Trust members, including Dr Andrew Jones, who will speak on what today’s archaeologists have uncovered in York’s Viking-era rubbish pits and toilets, and Peter Connelly, the director of the Hungate dig, who will outline some of the amazing discoveries made in the course of the last twelve months.

The Jorvik Viking Centre was awarded £1 million earlier this year to redevelop the centre. Work will start this month on the project, which includes a reconstruction of the original Coppergate excavation. The redevelopment will be complete for the festival.

Click here for more information about the Jorvik Viking Centre Festival

Click here to read Jorvik Viking Centre to have £1 million redevelopment