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Exciting changes announced to celebrate Floriade's 30th anniversary

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An amazing platter for lunch, Floriade 2017

An amazing platter for lunch, Floriade 2017 [©Floriade]

Symphony in the park, Floriade 2017
Stopping to smell the flowers, Floriade 2017
Field of Pink, Floriade 2017
Sunlight through the tulips, Floriade 2017


Exciting changes have been unveiled for Floriade’s upcoming milestone 30th anniversary that will see the iconic flower show ‘rejuvenate’ the capital this spring, with new event additions and improvements.

This year the completely free event will be inspired by the theme of ‘rejuvenation’; a chance to celebrate renewal, revival and reinvigoration through flowers, health and wellbeing.

Championing the changes is the introduction of an evening opening concert to be hosted on Friday 15 September. The inaugural Floriade Twilight Concert, presented by Singapore Airlines, will feature an open air musical performance by The David Bowie Tribute band supported by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra. This ticketed event offers an exclusive opportunity for visitors to see the 2017 flowerbed designs before the gates officially open.

18 months in the making, this year’s garden bed designs will feature more flowers planted across new spaces within Commonwealth Park and will showcase an impressive array of flowerbeds of the best performing and favourite designs since the inception of the event.

New opening hours of 10am-7pm, will allow visitors to take full advantage of over one million flowers in full bloom, as well as an impressive program of events and activities, and twilight entertainment.

Doubling the fun, and by popular request, Floriade’s after-dark experience, NightFest will run across two separate weekend dates of 22-24 September and 29 September-1 October, from 8-11pm each night.

Across the two weekends, NightFest will feature an increased offering of lighting designs and interactive installations and a line-up of delectable food stalls. There will be more live music, roving entertainment, local food and beverage options and a large new, designated stage for the vibrant comedy performances.

Floriade also welcomes an extended sculpture garden, showcasing large artwork from local and national artists, integrated shopping and trader areas and increased kids’ activities which encourage children to explore, discover and play on their Floriade journey.

Floriade continues to grow and develop for 2017, maintaining its title as the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most anticipated flower show, with a fresh emphasis on delivering a diverse, innovative program tailored to the festival goer, flower lover and green thumb alike.

In 2017, Floriade welcomes two new charity partners, the ACT chapter of GIVIT, a national not-forprofit matching public generosity with genuine need, in a private and safe way; and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, a charity 100% community funded and the only national body that funds life-changing breast cancer research.

Injecting approximately $40 million into the ACT economy across 30 days, Floriade is a key tourism driver for Canberra, welcoming close to half a million visitors to the event annually. By consistently growing, changing and adapting Floriade, ensures that the event continues to hit the mark with visitors, maintaining its place as Australia’s premiere spring celebration.

More information on Floriade 2017 »



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