ANDREW Barr and the Director of the Australian War Memorial Brendan Nelson have announced the Floriade 2015 theme “Reflections” and unveiled this year’s garden bed designs.
“Floriade has become one of the capital’s most successful major events, making a significant contribution to the ACT’s tourism industry. Floriade 2014 was the most successful on record, attracting the largest-ever crowd of 481,854 visitors and contributing $47 million to the ACT economy,” Andrew said.
“In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, Floriade 2015 will pay tribute through the theme of Reflection. This year’s garden beds will depict iconic symbols such as the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.
Dr Nelson said Floriade was a truly national attraction, drawing hundreds of thousands of people each year, and welcomed the Centenary commemorative theme in 2015.
“This Floriade theme of Reflection and the beautiful way the gardens are presented here is magnificent and a fitting tribute to those whom we are remembering this year and over the next four years,” Brendan said.
“Reflection is about more than just looking back – it is about celebrating our proud past and our vibrant, exciting present, while embracing a future full of brilliant possibilities,” Andrew said.
“As always, visitors to Floriade will be able to pick up gardening tips, watch cooking demonstrations, enjoy musical performances and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment. To ensure there is something new and different to see each week, the 30 days of activity will be programmed into four themed weeks: Stories, Pride, Connections and Harmony.
“NightFest will also return from Wednesday 23 September to Sunday 27 September with comedy, music, night markets, spectacular new lighting and an array of exciting activities guaranteed to keep crowds entertained.”