THE NETHERLANDS – On the occasion of the Eurovision Song Contest 2021, the Foundation Tulip Promotion Netherlands named a tulip after the two-time ESC participant and this year’s presenter Edsilia Rombley. According to the namesake, the “Edsilia” tulip stands for love, solidarity and hope – attributes that fit perfectly into today’s world, which is dominated by contact and travel restrictions. At the same time, the tulip is a well-known symbol of the Netherlands, which is this year’s ESC host country.
No country is as famous for its colourful seas of flowers as the Netherlands for its tulip fields. From late March to mid-May, over 7 million tulips bloom in Keukenhof in Lisse. Every year countless people come to Holland to see the blooming play of colours. Unfortunately, the tulip season falls victim to the contact and travel restrictions caused by Corona. Tulip Day, which opens the bulb blooming season and is a great spectacle in the Netherlands, also had to be cancelled in 2021. The Tulip Promotion Netherlands Foundation (TPN) took this as an opportunity to give the tulip a different, appropriate stage this year. In connection with the Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held in Rotterdam this year, the TNP is naming a tulip after Edsilia Rombley, who has already competed twice for the Netherlands and is moderating the music festival this year.
“It goes without saying that we honour Edsilia Rombley with her own tulip. Edsilia radiates warmth and infects people with her happiness. With her music, she connects people regardless of gender, religion, orientation or nationality. She is the ideal host for the Eurovision Song Contest and fits perfectly with the theme of this year’s tulip season – ‘Let’s Connect'”, says Arjan Smit, TPN chairman and tulip grower.
At the christening, Rombley decided on an intensely red-coloured, double-flowered peony tulip. “The red colour symbolizes love. Especially at this strange time, we all need more of it. We cannot live without it!”, The singer and presenter explain her choice. The “Edsilia” tulip stands for love, solidarity and hope, in keeping with the current times.
Tulpen Promotion Netherlands plans to welcome the participants of the ESC competition in May with mixed “Eurovision Song Contest tulip bouquets”. In addition to the newly christened tulip, white and red-white tulips will also be presented, which will bear the names of the other ESC presenters in 2021 – Chantal Janzen, presenter and actress, and Jan Smit, singer.