Canadian Tulip festival receives substantial boost

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The 2011 Canadian Tulip Festival in the capital Ottawa will receive 335,000 Canadian dollars from the province of Ontario. Festival director David Luxton called it an important contribution to a “ fresh and innovative programme” which is to draw large numbers of visitors from Canada and increasingly from abroad.

The Ottawa tulip festival, first organized in 1953, was partly inspired by then Princess Juliana’s annual gift of thousands of tulip bulbs. The Dutch princess wanted to express her gratitude for the hospitality afforded to her family during World War II. Queen Juliana visited the festival in 1967, her daughter Princess Margriet – born in Ottawa in 1943 - visited the 50th edition of the festival in 2002.

Visitors also flock to the festival for its concerts. In 2006, the festival nearly went bankrupt, but was able to continue under new management in 2007. In addition to tulips and concerts, the festival also offers lectures by great international thinkers.

The festival’s management says it regards the tulip as “A symbol of international friendship” and works together with a number of international partners, including in the Netherlands and Turkey. The festival is being held in the Major’s Hill Park. This year’s theme is ‘Kaleidoscope'. The festival will last from 6 till 23 May.


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