What is the International Flower Festival of Córdoba?
The International Flower Festival, also known as FLORA, originated in Córdoba in 2017 as a cultural initiative conceived, funded, and promoted by Zizai Cultura. Every year, the event showcases a selection of world-renowned contemporary floral artists to transform some of the city’s most iconic institutional courtyards into fascinating spaces. FLORA thus proposes a cultural exchange between the traditional and typical spaces of Córdoba’s courtyards and the contemporary art of floral sculptures and installations, creating a magical atmosphere blending tradition and innovation. The theme changes each year, and in 2023, the theme is Plant Intelligence.
Why is FLORA celebrated?
FLORA turns Córdoba into an international focal point and a desire of both national and international cultural tourism. FLORA has positioned itself as a unique event in the world, with nearly one and a half million visits to its installations. Starting as a contemporary response to the rich floral tradition in Córdoba, it promotes the cohesion of the city, boosts autumn tourism, and establishes Córdoba as the global city to visit for contemporary floral art.
When is the International Flower Festival of Córdoba?
The general celebration dates start from the second half of October. This year marks the sixth edition of FLORA, which begins on October 16 with the installation setup in various participating courtyards. For four days, artists will prepare their works with the assistance of artistic assistants and the festival team. From October 20 to 25, the installations will be open for exhibition. The organization has already confirmed the presence of prestigious floral artists who will exhibit their works in Córdoba in the coming weeks: Flowers by Bornay (Spain), Flowgardenz (Russia), Harriet Parry (UK), Ha I I Hwa (Republic of Korea), and Tadao Cern (Lithuania).
FLORA 2023 takes place from October 16 to 26:
– October 16 to 19: Installation setup (free and open access*) and a series of parallel activities.
– October 20 to 25: Opening of installations and creations (FREE ACCESS from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.), along with parallel activities.
During these days, various parallel activities will be held in Córdoba, such as conferences, workshops, musical performances, and a large number of activities related to floral art. The most prominent event is the Guerrilla de Flores (Flower Guerrilla). For more information, you can visit the official FLORA website, where you will find all the necessary details to enjoy this grand event (click here).
How to Get There from Vitium Córdoba?
FLORA is celebrated in five of Córdoba’s most well-known institutional courtyards, such as the Patio de la Diputación de Córdoba (Palacio de la Merced), the Patio del Palacio de Orive, the Patio del Palacio de Viana, the Patio del Museo Arqueológico de Córdoba, and the Patio de los Naranjos of our magnificent Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba. You can easily reach each of them from Vitium Córdoba. The closest is the Patio de los Naranjos, where Harriet Parry’s exhibition takes place, just a 3-minute walk away. In a 4-minute walk, you can enjoy Tadao Cern’s art at the Archaeological Museum. The other three locations are a bit further, about a 15 to 20-minute walk away. During these walks, you can enjoy the wonderful city of Córdoba and take the opportunity to visit other monuments on your way to them. At the Diputación de Córdoba, you’ll find Flowers by Bornay’s work, at the impressive Palacio de Viana, you can observe Ha I I Hwa’s art, and finally, at the Palacio de Orive, you’ll discover Flowgardenz’s work.