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Ice-skating champions Michel and Ronald Mulder join Rijksmuseum Director Wim Pijbes in opening Keukenhof 2014

Ice-skating champions Michel and Ronald Mulder join Rijksmuseum Director Wim Pijbes in opening Keukenhof 2014

LISSE, the Netherlands: On 18th March, Michel and Ronald Mulder, winners of gold and bronze Olympic skating medals, officially opened the 65th edition of Keukenhof in Lisse. Starting on Thursday 20 March and continuing until Sunday 18 May, the world’s most beautiful spring park will be open to the public. Keukenhof is already in full bloom.

Keukenhof works closely with leading organisations in order to put the Netherlands on the international cultural and tourist map. Last autumn, thousands of historic tulips were planted in the gardens of Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum. Wim Pijbes, Director of Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, gave the opening speech this afternoon. He emphasised the importance of cooperation within the tourist sector.  In Sochi, the Netherlands showed that it is a world leader in sports as well as culture and floriculture. To highlight this fact, Keukenhof 2014 was officially opened by the Dutch Olympic skaters Ronald and Michel Mulder, together with Wim Pijbes.

The programme also included a performance by actors from the longest-running show in the history of Dutch theatre: Soldaat van Oranje (Soldier of Orange).

The Keukenhof theme for 2014 is Holland. Special features to mark the theme include a beautiful flower mosaic depicting Amsterdam canal houses. The mosaic, measuring 22 by 13 metres, has been planted with 60,000 bulbs. The decor of the indoor exhibitions also has an Amsterdam look.

In his introduction, Walter Jansen, Chairman of the Keukenhof Executive Board, focused particularly on the array of flowers already in bloom that the first visitors will be able to enjoy. Thanks to the early spring, Keukenhof is already in full bloom. Chairman Walter Jansen is anticipating a great season ahead. ”Every year, research reveals that our visitors are generally extremely satisfied with Keukenhof. We work hard all year round to maintain the highest standards and are continually investing in the park. At the same time, we take account of what modern tourists expect. For example, in one of our pavilions we offer a brief explanation of the story of the tulip and its position in Dutch culture. Our aim in this is twofold: firstly, to contribute to the growth of the bulb and flower industry – but we also want help spring tourism in the Netherlands to develop and flourish.”

On 20 March 2014, Keukenhof opens its gates to the public for the 65th time. This year’s theme is Holland.

When the gates close eight weeks later, once again many guests from all over the world will have visited Keukenhof. The park will be open to the public from Thursday 20 March to Friday 18 May 2014.

 

source:http://www.floraculture.eu/?p=17838

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