Spring is getting an additional colour boost in the City of Charlottetown with the announcement of the Charlottetown Tulip Festival running May 24-25, 2014. Mayor Clifford Lee announced the festival as a commemorative event, part of the anniversary celebrations of the 150th sesquicentennial honouring the historic 1864 Charlottetown Conference and the Fathers of Confederation.
"The Fathers of Confederation may have had a spring in their step when they landed in Charlottetown to discuss Confederation, and in 2014 we have 70,000 tulip bulbs springing up throughout Charlottetown," says Mayor Lee. "This festival highlights the vibrancy of spring on our streets and in our parks while encouraging both adults and children to enjoy this season."
The Charlottetown Tulip Festival consists of many cultural, horticultural, musical, artistic and educational programs, including:
• Merchant Window Displays decorating contest, May 1-25th
• Visions of Spring wreath contest displayed at Confederation Centre of the Arts, May 12-25th
• Tulip Extravaganza variety show at The Guild, May 24th
• Digging Spring horticultural seminar at Beaconsfield’s Carriage House, May 24th
• Tiptoe Through the Tulips tulip market at Memorial Hall, Confederation Centre of the Arts, May 24th
• Tulip Art Exhibit at The Guild, May 24-31st
• Promise of Spring musical concert at Trinity United Church, May 25th
• Children’s Art Project with educational, artistic and legacy components related to tulips
• A tulip brochure and ‘walking tour’ map available at City Hall Tourism Visitor Information Centre and downtown businesses
• Plus painted window murals, street light banners and thousands of blooming tulips for everyone’s enjoyment
City Hall has set an example for a window mural, enlisting local artist Starla Wilson to showcase a display of tulips on its Queen Street facing windows. Residents are encouraged to take pictures of their favourite tulip displays throughout the festival and share these through social media. The hashtag for this festival is #ChtownTulipFest.
All events are free to the public but some events require tickets for admission. These tickets will be available on specific dates and NOT on the day of the events or at the door. All details are available in the festival brochure available at City Hall or on-line at www.charlottetown.ca. Link through the Charlottetown Tulip Festival button on the homepage.
The festival is a partnership between the City of Charlottetown and various cultural, business and community organizations, Charlottetown schools, and businesses.
Link below to Charlottetown Tulip Festival detailled information (also via Tulip Festival link on homepage)
City of Charlottetown