A bed of colourful flowers

Floriade: Reimagined will see Floriade and NightFest adapted to a new format for 2020 to adhere to public health restrictions around mass gathering and physical distancing.

28 April 2020

Floriade is going to look a bit different this year – but with no less of the colour and beauty we see every spring.

The ACT Government decided not to proceed with Floriade and NightFest in Commonwealth Park this year out of concern for the health and safety of staff, visitors and volunteers during the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

But the event’s 33-year history will continue with Floriade: Reimagined - an adapted format which will see one million bulbs and annuals planted across the city instead.

Floriade: Reimagined will run from 12 September to 11 October 2020. This new format will allow adherence to public health restrictions around mass gatherings and physical distancing.

Floriade’s bulbs will be planted in garden beds or portable flower beds in Belconnen, Gungahlin, Canberra City, Woden, Tuggeranong, Kingston, Manuka, Braddon, Dickson, Kippax, Condor, Mawson, Hall, Kambah, Nicholls, Weston Creek and Molonglo.

Bulbs will also be provided in wheelbarrows and pots to local hospitals including The Canberra Hospital, Calvary Hospital, University of Canberra Hospital, John James Hospital and Clare Holland House.

Locations for the plantings have been selected on a set of criteria including access to water, visual impact, accessibility and distribution across Canberra. The locations can be seen on the map below.

Floriade map of the new locations

To extend the celebration of Floriade: Reimagined in Canberra, community organisations will have the opportunity to apply for an allocation of bulbs and annuals to plant and grow in their local communities.

Applications are now open and close on Wednesday 6 May 2020. For information on how to apply visit floriadeaustralia.com.

More details of Floriade: Reimagined, including the COVID-19 adaption of other components of the festival, including NightFest, will be released in coming weeks.

You can find more information on the Floriade website.

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