Saturday 13 September – Sunday 14 September
Featuring Indira Naidoo
Indira Naidoo, one of Australia’s most inspiring authors, journalists and television presenters will attend the launch of Floriade 2014 on Friday 12 September. The popular media personality will also deliver presentations inspired by her book, The Edible Balcony, in the Inspiration Hub on Sunday 12 September.
Across the opening weekend visitors will be amused and delighted as famous characters from Shakespeare serenade the crowd with Emily Griffith Technical College‘s Passion of the Bard pop-up performance. Additional roving entertainment will be provided by the Canberra Theatre Centre and the CDP Theatre Producers magical musical adaptation of The Gruffalo.
The Passion for Fashion Competition returns in 2014, colourfully blending fashion and flowers in a stunning display of creativity, while if you prefer a more relaxing approach you can recline on the lawns of Stage 88 for performances by the Canberra City Band.
Kids can stop by the Gigalees Circus Workshop for some fun that begins with a madcap demonstration by the comedy duo Wilma & Daisy, or kick a ball at the Kids Football Club’s Kidsoccer.
Week One – Arts and Culture
Monday 14 September – Sunday 21 September
Featuring Charlie Albone
Resident gardener for Yours magazine, Charlie Albone is passionate about beautiful gardens. He loves plants and the outdoors and his objective is to create stunning gardens that are timeless, inspiring and enjoyable to spend time in. Join him on Saturday 20 September from 11.00am – 12.00pm as he talks about his favourite gardens from around the world.
Unearth the capital’s most creative treasures as Floriade explores the theme of Arts and Culture. Immerse yourself in floral workshops and learn about the Japanese art of flower arranging, Ikebana.
Discover your inner artist as you participate in a life drawing class, try your hand at zine-making or pick up an instrument and become a folk musician for the day.
Sift through historic photographs and learn more about Canberra’s fascinating past. Floriade will also celebrate the 65th anniversary of Australian citizenship with two Australian citizenship ceremonies on 15 September 2014.
Week Two – Food and Wine
Monday 22 September – Sunday 28 September
Featuring Miguel Maestre
Spoil your tastebuds and delight your palate as week two of Floriade focuses on Food and Wine. Sip some of the capital region’s most prestigious wines, discover the scientific reasons our tastebuds experience certain flavours, sample a selection of the best local produce and try some bush foods that can be found in our own back yard.
Popular celebrity chef, Miguel Maestre from Network TEN’s The Living Room, invites foodies to join him as he takes visitors on a Spanish culinary exploration.
Food and Wine week is a unique and exciting part of Floriade this year, enticing foodies to delight their senses with wine and beer tasting, martini making, tapas and gastronomic talks – all for free!
Week Three – Family Fun
Monday 29 September – Sunday 5 October
Featuring Bindi Irwin
Floriade promises hours of entertainment for children and adults alike as week three showcases all things fun for the family. Discover what prehistoric life was like with dinosaurs and fossils, travel through outer space or become a giant as you stroll through a miniature village.
World famous wildlife conservationist Bindi Irwin will attend Floriade on the October long weekend, showcasing her passion through her Wildlife Warriors presentations in the Inspiration Hub on Saturday 4 October and Sunday 5 October.
Week Four – Outdoors and Adventure
Monday 6 October – Sunday 12 October
Featuring Barry Du Bois
From spectacular garden beds to resourceful veggie patches and the capital’s beautiful spring weather, Floriade is the perfect time to rediscover Outdoors and Adventure..
During the final week of Floriade, audiences can get up close and personal with nature, learn about some of the world’s most endangered animals, take part in sustainability workshops and grab gardening tips from experts in the field.
Barry Du Bois, also from Network TEN’s The Living Room, is an inspiration in his own right and is set to wow visitors with his DIY demonstrations.Fitness enthusiasts can join in Floriade’s first ever outdoor boot camp at Stage 88 facilitated by former Raiders’ captain, Alan Tongue.