The urn, created by designer Angela Turner, was one of three displays created to mark the launch of the Festival. Led by Director of Cathedral Flowers, Michael Bowyer, the Festival design and administration team outlined their plans to over 300 flower arrangers from across the diocese and region. Other arrangements created by Michael Bowyer and his other co-designer Pam Lewis were also on display
After an introduction and welcome by the Dean, each designer shared their vision for the event which takes place in September next year and the role flower arrangers of every standard will play in creating and building the event. Susan Branch, Flower Adminstrator for the Cathedral ran through the logistics and Chris Wolfe of Southeast Flowers, the Ashford based wholesaler who will be supplying over 30,000 stems for the display, discussed the challenge that an event on this scale poses for her.
This year and next a series of workshops will take place in preparation for 'staging day' on the 14 September 2020, when a dawn ‘til dusk operation will see the Cathedral transformed, ready to for opening day on 15 September 2020. The Festival will run until Sunday 20 September.
The 2020 Flower Festival is part of a year-long programme of celebrations, marking the 800th Anniversary of the founding of Salisbury Cathedral and the growth of the city within which it sits. The approval to move the Cathedral from Old Sarum to its current site was granted by the Pope in 1219, and the first stone of this remarkable building was laid on 28 April 1220, with the main body of the building completed just 38 years later. In 2020 we want to reflect on the enormous level of human and spiritual endeavour that was required to make this move and grow the city.
All events across the year including the Flower Festival will celebrate movement. Themes explored will be how ideas and beliefs shift over time, how faith, art, music, taste and fashions evolve and how new thinking, courage and advocacy moves society forward. Each event will be designed to give the whole community opportunities to think, to move, to celebrate, to reflect and to learn.
The spirit of human endeavour and resilience runs deep in Salisbury, as could be seen during the events of last year, and 2020 will mark the fact that we are ready for the next 800 years of movement and change.
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