Flower festival Tulipmania: Origins of the Tulip kicked off last Friday at Singapore’s famed nature park, Gardens by the Bay.

Tulipmania is an annual event hosted by Gardens by the Bay, featuring a spectacular display of tulips. The event this year was supported by Turkey’s diplomatic mission in Singapore in celebration of the rich history of tulips in the country. Tulips are native to eastern Turkey and were first cultivated by the Ottomans.

This year’s event is part of a series of cultural events that the Turkish embassy in Singapore have organised to commemorate the centennial of their republic.  

The event showcases a wide variety of tulips, including rare and exotic varieties, in a range of colours and patterns. Visitors can admire the tulips in full bloom and take part in various activities such as photography contests, floral arrangement workshops, and guided tours. 

The event was hosted by the Turkish ambassador to Singapore, His Excellency Mehmet Burçin Gönenli. 

(Left to right) The Turkish ambassador’s spouse, Anetta Afekt Gönenli; Turkish Ambassador His Excellency Mehmet Burçin Gönenli; Singaporean Senior Minister of State Sim Ann; and Gardens by the Bay Chief Executive Felix Loh. Image: Koh Zhisheng / DNA.

He was joined by Singaporean Senior Minister of State Sim Ann and Gardens by the Bay Chief Executive Officer Felix Loh. Both Sim and Loh thanked the foreign mission for sharing such a beautiful event with the thousands that visit Gardens by the Bay’s facilities. 

Also among the guests were Commander Eric Yap, the Commissioner of the Singapore Civil Defence Force, together with members of the special task force which supported the Turkish people during the recent earthquakes their nation suffered recently. 

The task force was applauded by the attendees over the successful performance of their heroic mission after saving the lives of two people.  

The ceremony was closed by two Turkish talents, the marble/ebru, Garip Ay and the kanun player, Ahmet Baran, followed by the handing of tokens of appreciation by the ambassador. 

The guests had the opportunity to tour the exhibition after the closure of the programme. 

Singaporean Senior Minister of State Sim Ann speaks at the opening of the event. Image: Koh Zhisheng / DNA.

Events like this one bring nations together, while sharing their cultural and natural treasures with the rest of the world. 

Diplomatic Network (Asia) takes this opportunity to congratulate the Turkish Ambassador, HE Burçin Gönenli and his diplomatic mission in Singapore for such an initiative.