The ACT Government will be bringing a taste of Floriade to five town centres across the ACT this September and October – expanding Canberra's famous flower festival beyond the gates of Commonwealth Park.
Floriade in the Suburbs will be popping up in Gungahlin, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, Molonglo and Woden, creating a community focal point to bring Floriade's vibrancy to the town centres on the selected weekends.
- Gungahlin Town Square, Gozzard St on Saturday 14 September from 12pm and 3pm
- Emu Inlet, Beissel St, Belconnen on Saturday 21 September from 12pm and 3pm
- Tuggeranong Town Park, Bartlett Place on Saturday 28 September from 12pm and 3pm
- Molonglo Valley Markets at Stromlo Cottage on Sunday 29 September from 10am and 3pm
- Woden Town Square on Saturday 5 October from 12pm and 3pm
Minister for Arts and Cultural Events Gordon Ramsay said the expansion of Floriade beyond the gates of Commonwealth Park will build on the liveliness and colour Floriade brings in Canberra during spring.
"Local residents are encouraged to bring along their picnic blanket and enjoy an afternoon of food and drinks with live music and family entertainment as they experience a little taste of Floriade in their local area," Minister Ramsay said.
"We are extremely lucky in Canberra to have a jam packed yearly event schedule and we want to continue to ensure that our local events promote positive community and social outcomes for the whole of the ACT."
To celebrate the arrival of Floriade in the Suburbs, organisers are seeking community support in naming Floriade's first ever larger-than-life-sized gnome.
Commissioned from local company Graffik Paint, local artists Geoff, Peter and Jenny Filmer have spent 500 hours over seven weeks designing and creating the gnome – the only thing left is his name.
Canberrans can enter the naming competition at floriadeaustralia.com/inthesuburbs, with the person who supplies the winning name taking home four tickets to Floriade NightFest.
The handcrafted gnome will attend each of the Floriade in the Suburbs pop up events as well as dropping in on Floriade on his days off from touring town centres.
Floriade returns to Commonwealth Park from Saturday 14 September until Sunday 13 October with popular events NightFest (3-6 October) and Dogs' Day Out (13 October) both coming back.
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