The 170,000 blooms across parks and public spaces this September are not the only stars of this year’s iconic Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Introducing the Artists-in-Residence program – four locally based chalk artists who will bring colour to the concrete paths of the Queens Park Botanic Gardens every Saturday.

While musical entertainment in the parks cannot go ahead because of COVID-19 Safe restrictions, the four chalk artists will bring brilliant additional colour, with artworks all floral-inspired. Every Saturday from September 5 to 26 from 10am till 2pm a new artist will be covering the paths with their chalk designs.

The Artists-in-Residence Chalk Art program joins more than 30 other events and activations that will feature this year at Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. This includes the new region-wide food trail #trEATS, as well as the popular Talking Pub and Foodie Dinner Tours, Rowes light shows at night, guided and non-guided walking tours, as well as activations Cobb + Co Museum and, the much-loved floral group displays.

Since its inception in 1949, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers has flourished and is now an iconic Queensland event.  The brainchild of Essex Tait and the Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce, Carnival was introduced as a way for the city to use its “Garden City” reputation to promote increased economic activity following the hardships of war.

On 21 October 1950, the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers commenced with a street procession that stretched three miles in length. Led by a bullock team and watched by a crowd estimated to be 50,000 strong, it was a resounding success, as it has been ever since. Although some aspects of the Carnival have been adjusted because of COVID-19 the Artists-in-Residence Chalk art program will be an amazing creative experience to witness.

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