03 April Tuesday

International Tulip Festival Kicks Off in Istanbul…

The 13th International Istanbul Tulip Festival officially opened on April 3, 2018 at the Emirgan Park with the participation of Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal and Istanbul Governor Vasip Şahin. As part of the festival, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) has decorated many parts of the city with tulips. The festival themed with the flower in all its colors will continue with various events throughout April.

The city's administrators joined photographers and an enthusiastic crowd to Emirgan Park, an oasis in city's concrete jungle, to see freshly planted tulips that offer a breathtaking vista.

As an event that will precede the Flower Festival planned for May, some 30 million tulips were planted across the city. Workers adorned Emirgan Park alone with 3.5 million tulips hauled from flower fields all across the country.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, Istanbul Mayor Mevlüt Uysal said they planted some 125 different species of tulips across the city. Apart from the prominent display of tulips all across the city, particularly in parks that give a respite for Istanbulites from the hubbub of daily life, the festival will also focus on events related to the flower. The "world's largest tulip carpet" as it is touted by the municipality, will be on display at city's Sultanahmet Square starting on April 11, 2018.

Painting exhibitions, as well as marbling and calligraphy exhibitions focusing on the ubiquitous flower, will be held in several venues on city's European and Asian sides throughout the festival. The festival also includes a women's tennis tournament named the "Tulip Cup" and a beach football tournament between university teams.

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