På trods af koldt vejr og lejlighedsvise brusere tiltrak den 67. årlige canadiske tulipanfestival skarer, der anslås til over 600,000 til tulipanene i Commissioners Park.
“Vores tilbagevenden af alle festivalaktiviteter til roden til festivalens oprindelse ... National Capital Commission's tulipan vises langs bredden af Dow's Lake ... sammen med festivalens historiefortælling og lette animation og fremragende markedsføring af festivalens generelle ledelsesselskab, Karma Creative Solutions , ville forklare dette års ekstraordinære deltagelse, ”sagde festivalens frivillige præsident, Grant Hooker.
In the fall of 2018, Festival organizers approached the National Capital Commission with a request to concentrate their 2019 activities among the tulip beds in Commissioners Park near Dow’s Lake. Permission was granted to install two large “pavilion” tents in the heart of the park. A “Tulip Pavilion” for telling horticultural stories and a “Heritage Pavilion” for telling the story of the Festival’s origins.
The Embassy for the Kingdom of the Netherlands was approached with a request to convert a display trailer into a performance stage, later named the Dutch Theatre. Permission was granted and Julian Armour, founder and Artistic Director of the award winning July festival, Music & Beyond, organized 33 “Music & Tulips” performances for audiences during the 11 day tulip festival event.
“The public reaction to both Pavilions was positive and encouraging from day one,” stated Karma Creative Solution’s Co-Owner and Festival General Manager, Jo Riding. “People were especially appreciative that the Second World War stories which led to our Festival’s founding were being presented to new generations and to new Canadians. The weather was unseasonably cool, but hearts were warmed. Memories were made and smiles were everywhere.”
Det tætte arbejdsforhold mellem festivalen, National Capital Commission og Ambassaden for Kongeriget Holland i år har ført til en tidlig start med at forberede sig på en meget speciel festivaludgave i 2020.
“May 5th of 2020 will be the 75th Anniversary of the victory by Canadian troops that liberated the Netherlands from five and one-half years of occupation,” stated Festival President Hooker. “It will also mark the 75th anniversary of the Second World War’s end. That war and the Canadian liberation of the Netherlands gave birth to the NCC tulip beds and then to the Canadian Tulip Festival. We have an obligation to our roots to produce an event in 2020 that will celebrate freedom and honor memories. And, working with the NCC, the Dutch, and other partners, that’s exactly what we plan to do.”