On May 15-18, 2004 the XV International Flower Arrangers Festival will take place in our city. This event bears the romantic name "White night festival". LOMO PLC is one of the organizers of the festival.
This year more than 60 floral designers from different parts of Russia will take part in the festival. Among them there are such experienced masters of floral design as Vlad Khuleshov - leading floral designer of Russia, Galina Rjevkina, Tatiana Egorova, Natalia Reshetnikova, Uriy Khuznetsov, Genrietta Nesser. These people have represented their works for many years at the festival. The President of Manako Flower Academy Ms Yasuko Manako (Japan) and wife of Japanese consul Ms Kiho Muramatsu will be the honorary guests of the festival. They will show wonders of Japanese floral design art to citizens of St. Petersburg
The program of the festival is following: opening ceremony of the International Flower Arrangers Exhibition "White night music", dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the Small Hall named after M.I. Glinka and 200th anniversary from the date of birth of M.I. Glinka, with solemn concert for its participants (May 15). The exposition will be opened for visitors during four days (from 12 till 17) in the lounges of the Small Hall named after M.I. Glinka (Nevsky prospect, 30). On May 17 the seminar "Arrangement of flowers in "Va-fu" and "Rikko-cho-fresh" styles, conducted by Ms Yasuko Manako, will pass in the Big Hall of grammar school ?107. On May 18 the festive evening for participants of the XV International Flower Arrangers Festival will take place in the Palace "Malutka".
The first time such event was conducted in our city in 1991. Since then in the last month of spring the best floral designers of Russia and of other countries represent the art of floral design at the Neva river banks. From the very beginning St. Petersburg Administration and LOMO PLC provided support to the festival.
Last anniversary year the festival distinguished from the previous ones by the broaden quantity of foreign guests - more than 100 floral designers approximately from 15 countries of the world.
The exhibition of floral designers from Australia and a special status of flower arrangers from this far continent were the peculiarities of the event. They were not only the participants of the event, but also official representatives of Melbourne, twin-city of St. Petersburg. This year such quantity of floral designers is not expected but we sure the event will become the bright forerunner of the approaching summer.