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Floriade World Horticultural Expo 2012 5 April to 7 October
On 05 April 2012, the Floriade World Horticultural Expo officially opened its doors to the public.
Staged only once every ten years at a changing location in Holland, expect to see some of the most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables of the world on show. The theme of Floriade 2012 will be ‘Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life’.
Floriade 2012 – a unique experience
The Floriade World Horticultural Expo is held in Holland every ten years since 1960 and always at a different location in Holland. From 5 April until 7 October 2012, the sixth edition of Floriade will be organised in Venlo in central-eastern Holland. It will be open daily to the public. Expected attendance of Floriade 2012 is 2 million visitors. The Floriade is easily accessible by road, rail and air offering many different routes from the UK. It has ample parking facilities for both cars and coaches. The site is only a short distance from the main Venlo railway station.
Five sub-themes show Floriade 2012 in the best light
The central theme of Floriade 2012, ‘Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life’, has been translated into five core sub-themes, which will be portrayed via five themed zones on the park. The five core sub-themes at Floriade will cover the different aspects of the relationship between the consumer and the horticultural sector. ‘Green Engine’ portrays horticulture as the green engine of the economy. ‘Education & Innovation’ relate the story of horticulture over the years while exploring the future of the sector at the same time. For ‘Environment’ the key element is the importance of greenery at home, on the streets and in the working environment. ‘Relax & Heal’ focuses on health, movement (physical wellbeing), food and enjoying the true flavour of products. Plus, the World Show Stage will host events which show how international art, culture and entertainment inspire the horticultural sector and vice versa. Each day will feature a cultural programme of music, dance, literature, theatre and visual art from all over the world.
With countless exciting, innovative and educational attractions and activities, Floriade 2012 is also a spectacular voyage of discovery for children. In addition, each sub-theme will have its own dedicated restaurants and cafes which will offer visitors a place to savour food & drink prepared with regionally grown produce.
The participating countries, businesses, horticultural companies and public bodies present visitors to Floriade with the opportunity to see and experience the most exquisite and exceptional flowers, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables from across the world.
Each day features a cultural programme of music, dance, literature, theatre and visual art and there are very exciting and innovative educational attractions and activities for children.
With restaurants and friendly cafes serving delicious local and international food and drinks, there is something for everyone.
Floriade relates the story of horticulture using 5 different themed zones:
Relax and Heal - well-being
visitors can taste, smell, feel, hear and see the influences of horticultural products on our well-being. This theme includes topics such as healthy eating, rituals, religions and sports activities.
Green engine - sustainability
Horticulture is one of the most important economic engines and is also a supplier and producer of green energy. Floriade will display the entire chain within the sector from product development to applications and contact with end users.
Education and innovation - the future in our sights
Floriade promotes the interface between horticulture, education and innovation.
Environment - quality-of-life
living and working in a green environment improves our quality-of-life. Gardens and balconies are integral parts of our homes. This area covers topics such as the green city, better garden architecture and our perception of the new living and working landscape.
World show stage - cultural convergence
Nature and culture are closely interconnected. International art, culture and entertainment inspire the horticultural sector and vice versa.
Throughout the entire park visitors will be able to enjoy a whole range of entertainment, art and culture, culminating in the world show stage events.
For further information visit www.floriade.com
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