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Floriade 2015: Centenary of Anzacs

HerCanberra Team

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr was today joined by the Director of the Australian War Memorial, Dr Brendan Nelson, to announce the theme for Floriade 2015 and unveil this year’s spectacular garden bed designs.

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ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr and Dr Brendan Nelson (Australian War Memorial) walk through the newly turned garden beds ready for Floriade 2015.

 

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, Canberra’s flagship event will pay tribute through the theme of Reflection.

Australia’s biggest celebration of spring will return to Commonwealth Park for its 28th year from September 12 until October 11, with garden beds depicting iconic symbols like the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

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This year’s theme is ‘Reflections’ in commemoration of 100 years since the troops landed at Gallipoli.

 

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,” Dr Nelson said.

Visitors to the biggest floral festival in the southern hemisphere will again be treated to something new and different each week of Floriade, with the 30 days of activity programmed into four themed weeks of Stories, Pride, Connections and Harmony.

Chief Minister Barr says that this year’s theme for Floriade is about more than just looking back.

Reflection is about celebrating our proud past and our vibrant, exciting present, while embracing a future full of brilliant possibilities,” he said.

“Floriade remains Canberra’s most popular event and the diversity offered across the month-long program will have something for everyone.”

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.

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