Floriade is usually one of the blockbuster events on the Canberra calendar but the plans for 2020 took a dramatic turn as Covid-19 swept the globe. The ACT government moved early to announce the traditional celebration was off the cards but the good news is it wasn't cancelled. Instead, in an example of the now ubiquitous COVID-pivot, Floriade has been reimagined.
The Floriade:Reimagined festival, running from12 September to 11 October in 2020, will involve floral displays with a difference with the show moving out into the suburbs and colouring the city with a tulip trail winding its way to somewhere near you. In total, there will be a dazzling one million bulbs and annuals popping up their flowery heads around the ACT.
The reimagined Floriade will involve a mix of displays in beds, boxes and pots. Of these, there will be 11 temporary garden beds and 19 large floral displays in planter boxes and pots being created by Floriade's horticultural team. You can also check out the work of nearly 100 community groups, not-for-profit organisations, schools, churches, national attractions, public institutions and hospitals and who have received about 300,000 bulbs and annuals between them to plant. There will still be some blooms in Floriade's traditional home of Commonwealth Park too with planting at Stage 88. If you're itching to take some time to smell the flowers, there's an interactive map online so you can plan your Floriade route.
The 2020 event has also embraced technology and many of the festival's most loved features will move online with podcasts, videos and workshops for adults and kids ensuring you'll still get the entire Floriade experience.
Floriade: Reimagined is a free festival but there will be some ticketed events, such as the one night only NightFest and exclusive workshops.
Planning is already underway for Floriade 2021 (11 September to 10 October 2021) and feedback from this year's event will help shape the way it happens going forward. But for 2020 all you need to do is plan your trail, get your camera ready, put on a good pair of shoes and get ready to tiptoe through the tulips.
Some displays will remain at Commonwealth Park but in 2020, Floriade will spread it's wings