Cana­dian Tulip Fes­ti­val

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may 11-21 tulipfes­ti­val.ca This free art and cul­ture fest has been cel­e­brat­ing the tulip, an in­ter­na­tional sym­bol of friend­ship and peace, since 1953. Each year, the Dutch send 20,000 tulip bulbs to Ot­tawa to com­mem­o­rate the Royal Fam­ily’s refuge in Canada dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. “There are many new and ex­cit­ing things this year and it all starts with the ‘A World of Tulips’ theme,” says Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Michel Gau­thier. “Tulip Friend­ship” coun­tries will show Ja­pane­sein­spired float­ing gar­dens, a Turk­ish tulip car­pet, and a New Zealand mir­rored in­stal­la­tion re­flect­ing (you got it) tulips. Come for art vernissages, mu­si­cal per­for­mances, culi­nary show­cases, and fire­works at Dow’s Lake for Vic­to­ria Day (May 21). Stun­ning flowerbeds of multi-coloured tulips are on dis­play at Lans­downe Park, Dows Lake, and the By­Ward Mar­ket. Don’t miss out on the an­nual Mother’s Day Brunch (May 13) or the Chil­dren’s World of Tulips Art Wall in­side the Aberdeen Pav­il­ion, a col­lec­tion of over 5,000 pieces of chil­dren’s art­work.

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