Preview: The Brussels Grand Place rolls out its 21st Flower Carpet

The Brussels Grand Place rolls out its 21st Flower Carpet

Following months of preparations, the time has finally come: over the next three days you will be able to admire the 21st Flower Carpet on the Brussels Grand Place in all its glory. The theme of this edition is Guanajuato, the cultural pride of Mexico. Tomorrow there will be another exhibition featuring smaller flower carpets at the Brussels Place de la Bourse, on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place being recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site.  

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  1. For the first time in its history the Flower Carpet shows a Latin American look. “Guanajuato, the cultural pride of Mexico” is the central theme. The colourful Mexican state of Guanajuato, has a long tradition of creating carpets, just like Brussels. The annual highlight is "La Octava Noche” in Uriangato. There, residents decorate kilometers of streets with carpets of coloured sawdust in memory of their saint patron, Archangel St. Michael.
  2. The original design of the carpet was produced by the young graphic designer Roo (Ana Rosa Aguilar Aguado) from Uriangato. She incorporated typical symbols, natural elements and motifs from Guanajuato’s traditional culture to produce a harmonious whole in the characteristic reddish-brown colours of the region. The large number of details means this is the most complex design since the very first Flower Carpet in 1971. Some elements are barely six centimetres wide.
  3. The large number of volunteers of the AVBS (Belgian Nurserymen and Growers Federation) have been helped by Mexican and foreign carpet layers. In less than eight hours they have assembled a gigantic flower puzzle measuring 75 by 24 metres covering a surface of 1,800 sq, including dahlias, grass and bark in addition to the famous Belgian begonias from the Ghent region. 500,000 flowers were used in total.
  4. The Brussels Grand Place was recognised as a Unesco World Heritage site exactly twenty years ago. To celebrate this, the organisers of the Brussels Flower Carpet invited the Comisión Gestora Internacional de Alfombristas de Arte Efímero to participate in a floral exhibition on the Place de la Bourse, called 'Monuments of Unesco in flowers'. International flower carpet artists will each create a carpet depicting a Unesco monument from their particular country. This exhibition opens tomorrow.

Press invitation Brussels Flower Carpet

Press invitation Brussels Flower Carpet

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Exclusive: the traditional Brussels mini Flower Carpet has landed in Mini-Europe

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Brussels Flower Carpet brings Mexican cultural jewel Guanajuato to the centre of Europe

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Brussels City Hall flooded by flowers and fruits

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Press Invitation – Inauguration Flowertime

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Flowertime 2017: summery flower magic in the heart of Brussels

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Save the date: 11-15 August 2017, a splendid floral event on the theme of fruits and flowers in the heart of Brussels

20th Flower Carpet blooms in Brussels' Grand Place

20th Flower Carpet blooms in Brussels' Grand Place

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PRESS INVITATION FLOWER CARPET 2016

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About Brussels Flower Carpet

The Brussels Flower Carpet is a biennial initiative that was launched by the City of Brussels and the ASBL (non-profit organisation) Tapis de fleurs de Bruxelles. The Flower Carpet, which has been running since 1971, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the Grand-Place and has become a true point of reference around the world.