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Monday, August 24, 2015

Canberra Counts Down to Floriade 2015


The countdown to Australia's biggest celebration of spring is on; there is officially less than a month to go until Floriade opens its gates for the 28th year.

Final preparations are being made at Commonwealth Park ahead of the event's opening on Saturday 12 September to more than one million blooms and an engaging line-up of demonstrations, activities and entertainment for all ages.

In recognition of the 100th anniversary of the Anzac landings at Gallipoli, Canberra's flagship event will pay tribute through the theme of Reflection, while embracing a future full of brilliant possibilities. The world-class flower beds will depict iconic symbols like the poppy, the Southern Cross, two-up and the famous slouch hat.

Visitors to Australia's biggest celebration of spring can pick up gardening tips from experts in the field, listen to inspiring musical performances, enjoy culinary demonstrations by world-renowned chefs and keep the kids entertained with an exciting line up of entertainment.

As the sun sets on Commonwealth Park, Floriade NightFest will take visitors on a journey of discovery for five nights only with spectacular lighting designs, roving performers, bustling night markets and a fantastic line-up of entertainment.

NightFest will feature two new pop-up venues – La Petite Grande and The Little Palais – which will surprise crowds with classy sideshows, quirky circus acts, a silent disco and a UV dance party.

The Comedy Cave will offer a relaxed atmosphere featuring entertainment from top Aussie acts Hannah Gadsby and Joel Creasey, while a variety of delicious food and wine workshops will leave mouths watering.

For the first time in 2015, Floriade NightFest's VIP Experience will present an exclusive opportunity to enjoy the after-dark event in style. The VIP Experience will include a twilight ferry ride across Lake Burley Griffin, entry to NightFest, as well as drinks, canap├ęs and an exclusive set by comedian Hannah Gadsby in the VIP marquee.

Tickets for the eighth edition of Floriade NightFest are now on sale, as Canberra's largest event gets set to welcome guests after dark. For full program information visit

Floriade will be held in Commonwealth Park from September 12 to October 11, 2015. For more information, visit and discover what else is on in Canberra this spring at

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