Planting of Floriade’s one million blooms is underway in Commonwealth Park as Canberra prepares to welcome back Australia’s biggest celebration of spring.
The Future of Flowers is the theme for this year’s event, which will run from 11 September until 10 October 2021.
The event is one of the premier attractions for the ACT, and the return of crowds to Commonwealth Park in 2021 should be a significant boost to our local tourism sector that has been decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Major events in Canberra contribute significantly to the visitor economy. In 2019 Floriade attracted a record 507,550 attendees, and had an economic impact of $44.7 million, with 49.4% of visitors attending the event from interstate or overseas.
This year, for the first time in its 34-year history, Floriade will be on display both in Commonwealth Park and throughout the Canberra community.
In 2021 Floriade Community will extend the Floriade footprint across Canberra by distributing 300,000 bulbs and annuals to 94 schools, community groups and organisations who will spread Floriade across the Territory. Successful applicants for Floriade Community are receiving their bulbs and annuals this week.
Floriade NightFest will also return for four nights from Thursday 30 September to Sunday 3 October with live entertainment to be announced in the coming months.
Each year Floriade provides the perfect opportunity for Canberra’s first spring outing and the 2021 program has a lot to offer.