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Funding awarded to support the Jorvik Viking Festival

Funding awarded to Jorvic Viking festival

Published Tuesday, 7 September 2021

The 2022 Jorvik Viking Festival is set to go ahead with a full 7 day programme in February after City of York council have confirmed they will award York Archaeological Trust a grant of £30,000.

The festival, which has proven popular with both residents and visitors will be an important part of the city’s winter programme.

This announcement comes after the council agreed to allocate £100,000 of Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG) funding to support a number of events and festivals in the city. These include the York Food and Drink Festival, York Design Week and the Ice Trail.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, Executive Member for Leisure, Culture and Communities, said:

The ARG Events and Festivals Fund is supporting large-scale events across the city, including the Jorvik Viking Festival. Alongside this support we are working with partners to help deliver a great range of events in the city.

"York is a city that’s lucky enough to have a diverse and exciting history and our Viking heritage is a very important part of our story.

"This funding will ensure that the festival can go ahead and we can all look forward to events including a Viking parade, a re-enactment of a traditional Viking battle and the strongest Viking competition."

Sarah Maltby, Director of Attractions for York Archaeological Trust, said:

We know the huge economic impact that the annual Jorvik Viking Festival brings to the city, but as we are still recovering from months of closures and restricted admission numbers for our 3 indoor attractions, we would have been looking at a scaled-back event for 2022, had City of York Council not been able to support us with next year’s event.

“It means that we can guarantee a host of free activities for locals and visitors alike, including the living history encampment on Parliament Street, which forms such a hub of activity, education and fun.

“We have seen outdoor events in the last couple of months prove hugely popular, and know that many people missed coming to York last year when we were not able to stage the Festival, so hopefully this will give the 2022 visitor season a great kickstart as we herald the end of winter in the unique way that Jorvik Viking Festival has for over 35 years.”