Press invitation Brussels Flower Carpet

Press invitation Brussels Flower Carpet

Thursday 16 August 2018

Thursday, July 26, 2018 — The College of Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Brussels and the Brussels Flower Carpet association are pleased to invite you to the press day inaugurating the 2018 edition of the Brussels Flower Carpet. We look forward to welcome you on Thursday August 16 from 8 am at Brussels’ Grand-Place.  

This year, the famous Flower Carpet on the Grand-Place of Brussels is devoted to Guanajuato, a Mexican region with an exceptionally rich culture and flower tradition. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Grand-Place becoming a Unesco World Heritage site, this year's edition will also host an international exhibition of smaller-scale flower carpets at Brussels' Bourse square.

Please confirm your attendance and inform us of your interview and coverage requests before Monday 13 August:

Brussels Flower Carpet association – press@flowercarpet.be – +32 (0)2 512 42 04

On-site press contacts: Doris Forster - +32 (0)477 85 02 40 & Karel Goethals - +32 (0)485 82 96 52

On August 16 from 8 am to 12 am (noon), there will be a press desk on the Grand-Place, next to the City Hall.

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BRUSSELS FLOWER CARPET 2018: AGENDA 

Flower Carpet “Guanajuato, cultural pride of Mexico” at the Grand-Place

13, 14 & 15 August: first preparations on Brussels’ Grand-Place  

16 August: press day – assembly of the carpet – afternoon public opening of the City Hall – opening show

Upon request: meetings with the organisers throughout the day

  • 3 am-5 am: arrival of the flowers
  • 5 am: first flowers laid by 100 volunteers
  • 8 am: City Hall opens for journalists and photographers, possibility to interview the organisers and creators, visitors can watch the Flower Carpet being made
  • 1 pm: end of carpet construction and public opening of the City Hall until 5:30 pm
  • 8:30 pm: official opening at the City Hall and Museum of the City of Brussels (invitation only)
  • 10 pm: opening show with sound and light effects, fireworks and concert

17, 18 & 19 August 2018: City Hall open to the public

  • 10 am-10 pm: visits of the City Hall balcony for a panoramic view of the carpet (last entrance at 9:30 pm). Entrance fee: € 6 (free for children under 10). Free access to the Grand-Place. 
  • 17, 18 & 19 August, at 9:30 pm, 10 pm, 10:30 pm & 11 pm: sound and light show at the Grand-Place

“Monuments of Unesco in Flowers” exhibition on Place de la Bourse

17 August 2018: set-up of the Unesco carpets - inauguration of the exhibition

Upon request: meetings with the organisers throughout the day

  • 8 am-3 pm: construction of the Unesco carpets by the international delegations
  • 5 pm-6 pm: inauguration of the exhibition

18 & 19 August 2018: exhibition visits (all day)

  • Free access to Place de la Bourse

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INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES: 

  • Mrs Karine Lalieux – Alderwoman for Culture and Tourism of the City of Brussels President of the Brussels Flower Carpet association (subject to availability)
  • Mr Carlos Guzman Camarena  Mayor of the City of Uriangato, Guanajuato
  • Mr Richard PoncinManaging director of the Brussels Flower Carpet association
  • Mr Marc Schautteet – Brussels Flower Carpet’s designer
  • Ms Ana Rosa Aguilar Aguado (Roo)Mexican designer of the Brussels Flower Carpet 2018 and member of La Octava Noche
  • Mr Koen Vondenbusch – Technical director of the Brussels Flower Carpet association
  • Mr Johan Aelterman Member of the AVBS Begonia Commission 
  • Mrs Vicenta Pallarès Castelló President of the Comisión Gestora Internacional de Alfombristas de Arte Efímero
  • Mr Luis Socorro – Secretary of the Comisión Gestora Internacional de Alfombristas de Arte Efímero
  • The volunteers and the international flower carpet artists

 

Brussels Flower Carpet 2018<br/>© Roo
Brussels Flower Carpet 2016<br/>© Wim Vanmaele
Brussels Flower Carpet 2014<br/>© Gaston Batistini
Brussels Flower Carpet 2014<br/>© Gaston Batistini
Brussels Flower Carpet 2012<br/>© Inge Rochette et Donat Mailleux