30 August 2013
Europe’s finest Romanesque Cathedral will be transformed into a magnificent spectacle of colour, fragrance and floral design from 30 August to 4 September. A spectacular festival of flowers and design celebrating innovation in North East England; inspired by the Anglo Saxon Lindisfarne Gospels and subsequent periods of creativity. Acclaimed designers Pauline Lund and Judith Clancy working with members of flower clubs in the Northumberland and Durham Area of NAFAS will fill the Cathedral with stunning arrangemensts on an unprecedented scale. Over 50 magnificent designs will fill Durham Cathedral, including impressive large scale hanging installations. There will be much to inspire and surprise during the six-day Festival, ranging from complementary demonstrations, family activity and a variety of cultural events.
Kate Adie OBE, Jewels of the North Patron said:
“Growing up in Sunderland, Durham Cathedral was known as the church on the hill. It is still how I think of it now, as a wonderfully inspirational building, and it will be simply transformed by this spectacular festival of flowers and design. To see this glorious Cathedral garlanded with flowers on an unprecedented scale will be a sight to behold.”
SPECIAL EVENTS DURING THE FLOWER FESTIVAL INCLUDE:
Friday 30 August & Saturday 31 August, 9.30am – 4.00pm, The Cloisters
JEWELS OF THE NORTH FLOWER MARKET
An opportunity to purchase fresh flowers, floral themed artisan goods and local produce. Made possible with support from Durham Markets
Friday 30 August, 8.00pm, The Monks’ Dormitory
IN CONVERSATION: KATE ADIE AND ERIC ROBSON
A chance to hear internationally-known foreign correspondent and news reporter Kate Adie and author, documentary film maker and Chairman of Gardener’s Question Time Eric Robson, in conversation.
Tickets: £15 (£12 concession), available from the Gala Theatre Box Office
03000 266609 or www.galadurham.co.uk
Saturday 31 August, 5.30am – 8.00am
Photograph the interior of a flower filled Cathedral with the early morning light shining through the Rose Window. Tickets are £10.00 per camera which includes a cup of tea or coffee. No flash but tripods are welcome. Advance booking recommended as places are limited.
Saturday 31 August, 10.00am – 4.00pm & Sunday 1 September, 1.00pm– 4.00pm, The Cathedral Library
An opportunity to see some of the Cathedral’s manuscripts and rare books with gardening and floral themes. Free admission – no need to book
Saturday 31 August, 7.30pm, The Monks’ Dormitory
JEWELS OF BRASS With Prince Bishops Brass
An evening of brass vignettes to include floral inspired music and arrangements of Northumbrian folk tunes.
Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions), available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266609 or www.galadurham.co.uk
Sunday 1 September – Tuesday 3 September, 7.30pm, The Galilee Chapel
AS YOU LIKE IT
Castle Theatre Company, part of Durham Student Theatre Experience Shakespeare’s pastoral comedy in the unique setting of The Galilee Chapel as it is transformed into the Forest of Arden complete with trees, flowers and fauna.
Tickets £12 (£8 concessions), DST members and under 16s £5, available from the Gala Theatre Box Office 03000 266609 or www.galadurham.co.uk
Wednesday 4 September, 5.15pm
JEWELS OF THE NORTH SONGS OF PRAISE
A special service celebrating creativity through flowers bringing the Flower Festival to a close.
See www.durhamcathedral.co.uk for more information