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Yorvik Viking Festival in York


6:00am 16th February 2013

The heart of the historic city of York will be transformed into a fiery battleground, as the 28th annual JORVIK Viking Festival returns to the city to play out its finale this week.


The York Archaeological Trust says there will be dramatic performances and displays of combat throughout history; a Viking encampment; music from world renowned musicians; walks, talks and craft activities; plus an appearance from master storyteller Terry Deary during the week-long festival (16 – 24 February), which will culminate in a spectacular battle that will see two Viking hordes collide at the Eye of York.


For the victors, the mighty city of York and all its riches.  For the vanquished, slavery and death await.  For the spectators, a thrilling story unfolding against a backdrop of dazzling light, sound and special effects, say the York Archaeological Trust.


They add that the 2013 Viking Festival is a celebration of York’s Viking heritage and four decades of archaeological excavation by York Archaeological Trust, the organisation behind the Coppergate excavation that first uncovered the city’s Viking history and the subsequent creation of the world-famous JORVIK Viking Centre.


The festival will combine archaeological discovery with a series of interactive events bringing the Viking Age spectacularly to life say the York Archaeological Trust.  Budding archaeologists can explore hidden York with popular archaeologist Mick Aston (of Time Team fame) and bring their own finds for identification; whilst Viking strongmen from all corners of the UK will battle through a series of challenging tests of strength for the coveted Strongest Viking title.


For more information and full events listings, visit www.jorvik-viking-festival.com and/or follow the Viking Festival on Twitter @jorvikvikingfestival.

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