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announced as theme of the Canadian Tulip Festival ‘s 2019 Edition


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Ottawa – May 13, 2018: On the occasion of the Canada-China Year of Tourism Ceremony held at Lansdowne Park today, the Chair of the Canadian Tulip Festival, Henry Storgaard, along with Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson and China’s Chinese Ambassador in Canada Lu Shaye announced that the theme of the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival will be the “China-Canada Tulip Friendship” in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ottawa and Beijing Sister Cities twinning agreement.

All agree that this will be a great opportunity for Canadian Tulip Festival visitors to learn more about China’s tulip festivals and gardens. It will also be an opportunity to pursue promotion of Ottawa-Gatineau in the spirit of the Canada-China Year of Tourism.

To do so the Canadian Tulip Festival is proud to announce that this year’s featured tulip, on sale as of today and to bloom in the spring of 2019 is the “China-Canada Friendship Tulip”.

In 2019 this special tulip will not only be planted by the National Capital Commission, Official Gardeners of Canada’s Capital but also in Beijing China.

The nature of the activities to be featured during the 2019 Canadian Tulip Festival May 10-20, 2019, will be unveiled this fall as part of Paint the Town Tulip- the promotional program that engages organizations and individuals to plant the Official Tulip Festival bulbs in the fall so they bloom during the Festival in the spring.

About the Canadian Tulip Festival

Since 1953, Canada’s most colourful festival celebrates the tulip, Ottawa’s official flower and an international symbol friendship and peace, through art and culture. Our millions of tulips set the stage for a celebration of authentic art, cultural, historic, culinary and family tulip experiences. Uniquely Canadian and one of the largest events of its kind in the world!


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