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A series of flower-powered installations will “bloom” in Vancouver next month to celebrate remarkable women from around the world.
Fleurs de Villes FEMMES will bring a pop of bright colours and joy to Downtown Vancouver from June 3 to 12. The extraordinary activation creates a “self-guided floral trail” that decorates the neighbourhood with signature floral mannequins and unique pop-up displays.
According to Fleurs de Villes, FEMMES is dedicated to celebrating culturally, politically, and historically significant women.
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“Each of our shows is an entirely different experience, celebrating the local community and made possible by local partners like the DVBIA which support Fleurs de Villes events being freely and most beautifully open to the public, said co-founder Karen Marshall in a release. “Flowers Make us Happy and we are delighted to return to our own backyard with this gorgeous show. We can’t wait to spread joy and tell the stories of these women, en fleurs, to honour each as truly remarkable.”
FEMMES will be stopping in 11 cities in four countries around the world, including Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal.
Each show features a unique collection of mannequins that are culturally curated to each city, so no two events are alike. Highlights of Fleurs de Villes FEMMES in Vancouver include music legend Sarah MacLachlan, immigrant advocate Adrienne Clarkson, First Nations wellness influencer Shayla Stonechild, and trailblazing artist Emily Carr.
The free, all-ages event invites visitors to discover 15 floral mannequins. Additional installations supported by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association include a flower-bombed vintage MG and a floral swing, each created by a local florist.
There will be over 30 stops to discover from June 3 to 12, created by 25 local florists. A fresh flower pop-up market will also be open during the event.
“We felt that this was the ideal time to launch Fleurs de Villes FEMMES as people are starved for in-real-life, tactile and inspirational experiences that they can enjoy safely with friends and family,” said co-founder Tina Barkley in a statement.
The exact locations of the Fleurs de Villes FEMMES displays will be announced closer to the event. Visitors will be able to pick up a floral trail map at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver concierge desk, visit the Fleurs de Villes website, or scan a QR code on signs at each stop to follow the trail.
Images and QR codes on the floral sculptures will link to profiles of each woman highlighting their cultural and historical significance.
Visitors of the Fleurs de Villes floral trail can also visit a number of local restaurants that will be featuring special menus and pop-up patios. Highlights include 1931 Gallery Bistro’s floral cocktails, Holts Café’s Fleurs de Villes Afternoon Tea, and Nightingale restaurant’s blossom pizza.
Save the dates and be ready to fill your Instagram feed with beautiful photos.
When: June 3 to 12, 2022
Where: Various locations in Downtown Vancouver