2020 has seen Floriade reimagined, bringing the annual spring celebration out of its traditional home in Commonwealth Park, to bloom across Canberra’s suburbs, city and screens. This year, flower fans, whether local or far and wide, will be able to enjoy Floriade: Reimagined through a vibrant mix of virtual and in-person experiences.
For those lucky enough to be in the nation’s capital, the one million bulbs and annuals of Floriade have been planted through the ACT’s suburbs and city creating a vibrant tulip trail. The Floriade: Reimagined horticultural team, together with more than 90 community groups, have planted blooms across the city for flower fans to enjoy on their daily commute, as they grab a coffee and even do their shopping. With over 130 sites planted, how many of the plantings will you discover over the month-long event? Head to our interactive map to explore locations near you.
NightFest presents Canberra’s Big NightFeast
This year Floriade’s dark side, NightFest, has been transformed into Canberra’s biggest NightFeast. For one night only, Canberrans will enjoy a feast with a mouth-watering difference as restaurants and eateries across the capital dish up bespoke, spring-inspired eats.
On Friday 2 October 2020, Canberrans can join in the territory-wide feast by booking a meal at a participating eatery or ordering an at-home NightFest experience.
Try your hand at making one of the festival’s signature lanterns and enjoy a curated Spotify playlist featuring artists from past festival to bring a taste of NightFest into your home.
Until 11 October, local flower fans can enjoy small group, in-person events at locations across Canberra. Floriade hasn’t forgotten about our interstate fans and has developed a range of virtual, on-demand experiences helping to keep gardens green and minds inspired.
Crowd favourites will include four live Let’s Talk sessions featuring local personalities chatting about topics ranging from gardening to food sustainability. The Sunday Sessions at Cockington Green and Lanyon Homestead will entertain the whole family with gnome painting, potting up workshops and live music. Find workshops, podcasts, gardening guides and much more on the Floriade: Reimagined Program.
Challenge your kids to decode cryptic clues with a Territory-wide gnome hunt and get creative with the Canberra Centre’s school craft project. Young fans can be inspired this spring with the Floriade Sprouts on demand videos, where kids can join The Beanies to learn about bees, art, planting and gnomes.
Support small business and stock up on Australian designed products, gardening delights, books, and spring-inspired goodies at our virtual marketplace. Find familiar faces and new favourites. Available now is Undergroud Spirit’s Floriade reimaGINed. Inspired by the vibrant colours and floral aromas of the one million bulbs and annuals that will be blooming across Canberra during Floriade: Reimagined.
Fashionistas will be delighted by jewellery from local designers, including Bopdotz’ minimalist silver designs and Polka Luka’s contemporary resin pieces. Why not order a bespoke outfit from Flow Yoga Wear or sustainable clothes made from the yarn of alpacas with Ashculme Textiles?
Be sure to pick up souvenirs including mugs, caps, bags and posters from the Floriade Shop to remember the year that Floriade was reimagined. Enjoy the style of Canberra’s spring celebration delivered straight to your door. Head to our marketplace until 11 October to browse goodies galore.
The bee’s knees
For those lucky enough to be in Canberra, we have some excellent news. The legendary Clayridge Honey Donut Puff Balls are back! Make a beeline to Regatta Point at Lake Burley Griffin and you will find the Clayridge Honey Truck buzzing until 11 October.
Events ACT and OTG Custom Apparel, a Canberra founded, customised product, e-commerce business, have partnered to produce three exclusive face masks for Floriade: Reimagined. The masks are Australian Made, reusable and comfortable to wear. One of the designs even features the Floriade Mascot, Floyd! Available in three designs, available for purchase until the end of the festival.
However you choose to celebrate spring, be sure to share your festival experiences using #Floriade.
Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to follow the health advice and do what we can to ensure we keep ourselves and the community safe. All Floriade fans are asked to avoid large crowds, keep 1.5m apart whenever possible, maintain good hand and respiratory hygiene, stay home if unwell and get tested if any COVID-19 symptoms are experienced.
Friends of Floriade
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