Tulip Time Announces the 2022 Festival Entertainment & Exhibition Line-up


HOLLAND, Mich., October 07, 2021 

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International Exhibitions

Tulip Time Brings Two International Renowned Exhibitions to Holland, MI

Part of Tulip Time’s comeback year, two international sensations, photographer Rem van den Bosch and horticulturalist, Ibo Gülsen, bring their unique and world-renowned talents to Holland, Michigan as part of an homage to the city's Dutch heritage and looking forward into the city's future.

Zeeland Girl: Beyond Tradition by Rem van den Bosch

Zeeuws Meisje (Zeeland Girl) by Dutch photographer, Rem van den Bosch, makes its way to the U.S. for the first time. A photographic series in three parts, #equality, #tulips and #brotherhood, Zeeland Girl is a collaborative project involving dressmakers hand-sewing traditional dresses with modern spins and photography with bright contrast to spark discussions about the need for mutual respect, solidarity, and care for the environment. van den Bosch’s striking photos will be displayed on towering, 10-foot-tall displays, and side-by-side with twenty-five of the dresses used in the series. The series will be hosted by the Holland Armory, downtown Holland for the duration of the festival.

van den Bosch will also be available for a limited availability VIP cocktail hour where he will discuss his work. van den Bosch is most recently known for his project Here Comes the Flood – a photographic journey about the rising sea levels in the Netherlands, which will be on display at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, Netherlands and throughout the city of Amsterdam.

Tulip Immersion Garden: The Journey of the Tulip

World renowned Dutch horticulturist, Ibo Gülsen, sets up a week-long immersion experience, taking travelers through the history of the tulip, from its origins in Turkey, to the Netherlands, and finally to the small-town community of Holland, Michigan. Gülsen will use 50,000 tulips of all varieties and colors to craft an experience that brings the tulips up to eye-level and creates Instagrammable photo opportunities for friends and family alike. The Tulip Immersion Garden will be hosted at the Ottawa County Fairgrounds for the duration of the festival.

Gülsen is the founder of Imagineering Horti Culture and played a large part in the return of the Istanbul Tulip to Turkey along with the Dutch consulate. Gülsen has crafted world-class immersion gardens including the Dafeng Holland Flower Park in Jiangsu, China, the Culture of Flowers Festival in Pyin Oo Lwin, Myanmar and the World’s Largest Off-Season Tulip Show in Chongming Island, Shanghai.

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Historical Walking Tours

Tulip Time celebrators will have the opportunity to learn about the history of Holland, its’ Dutch heritage and vibrant present on this new walking tour developed by Tulip Time. Costumed guides will tour guests around the historical sites of Holland providing an up-close visit to many sites and icons that make up our wonderful city where over 200,000 tulips bloom each spring. Participants will see many of the tulip displays and will have numerous photo opportunities with magnificent tulips. The tour is a one-and-a-half-hour experience, covering about two miles on foot.

Most of the tour is wheelchair accessible, except for some stairs and accommodations can be arranged.

National Entertainment

Elton Rohn – The Premier Elton John Tribute Show

Elton Rohn is the premier Elton John tribute show. Elton Rohn combines the look, feel and sound of a real Elton John show. Featuring full harmonies and all musicians playing and singing live (no recordings). This high energy show is an engaging and familiar experience for audiences to sing along with. Elton Rohn creates a captivating performance from start to finish. Elton Rohn will be performing on Saturday, May 7th, 2022, at the Holland Civic Center.

The Texas Tenors

The Texas Tenors have been annual favorites at Tulip Time and are most known for their appearances on America’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent: The Champions. Their live performances combine a classical country feel with original songs and familiar covers. Performing for over ten years, they return to Tulip Time in 2022. The Texas Tenors will be performing on Friday, May 13th, 2022, at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland.

Fiddlefire – The Panning Family Band

Fiddlefire shares their exceptional musical talent, humor, and charm to sold-out crowds. This band formed from members of the Panning family virtuosically performs a variety of genres with their own folksy twist. Their diverse instrumentation includes fiddles, guitar, string bass, mandolin, percussion, and dancing feet! Fiddlefire will be performing on Thursday, May 12th, 2022, at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland.

Street Parades

Gentex Kinderparade

The Gentex Kinderparade (children’s parade) is a time-honored favorite. On Thursday, May 12th, 2022, elementary school children will line up with their teachers and school administrators in full costume and smiling faces as they march together through downtown Holland. Each school and grade will have their own theme that nods to the towns’ Dutch heritage, from Dutch agriculture to the Dutch Master’s painters. The Gentex Kinderparade will be held on Thursday, May 12th, 2022.

Quality Car Wash Volksparade

The Quality Car Wash Volksparade (people's parade) will be big and bold as Tulip Time combines elements of the Street Scrubbing parade and the Muziek parade. People from near and far will be invited to don their Dutch costumes, grab a bucket and a broom, and scrub the streets clean for the coming performances. Town officials will walk through with their ceremonial white glove inspection to approve the streets for the parade and when the town crier officially announces the official's approval, the parade will start. Dozens of bands from West Michigan middle and high schools showcase their talents amid the community floats through downtown Holland. The Quality Car Wash Volksparade parade will be on Saturday, May 14th, 2022.

Local Performing Arts Series

Tulip Time is pleased to announce the Local Performing Arts Series for the 2022 Tulip Time Festival. Each year, several of Holland’s cultural organizations collaborate with Tulip Time to create an array of entertainment for festival visitors.

Dazzle! A Tulip Time Talent Showcase

The brilliantly fresh talent from four area high schools' bursts onto the stage to present this vibrant medley. Enjoy this astounding variety of soloists, show choir and orchestral performances, all in one show! Dazzle! will be performing on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, at Central Wesleyan Church in Holland.

Guys on Ice

Books & lyrics by Fred Alley, music by James Kaplan

This musical is a humorous take on the secret world of ice fisherman through a day in the life of Marvin and Lloyd, fishing buddies and homegrown philosophers. This is a musical treat about two guys sharing their hopes, dreams, beer, and fish. On a cold winter morning they swap jokes, talk about their lives and the Green Bay Packers while waiting for the host of a local TV fishing show to show up. Guys on Ice will give you the joys and trials of ice fishing without having to freeze your socks off. Guys on Ice will be performed at the Holland Community Theatre throughout the week of Tulip Time.

American Legion Band

Founded by the by the Willard G. Leenhouts American Legion Post 6 in Holland, Michigan, the American Legion Band is filled with prolific musicians who have performed in the Holland community, across the state, country, and the world. The Holland American Legion Band will be performing on Tuesday, May 10th, 2022, at Beechwood Church in Holland.

Dutch Organ Music Old and New (1521-Today!)

Join Rhonda Sider Edgington and Jonathan Ruffer as they put 500 years of Dutch music on display in one night, spanning the early traditional styles to modern fusions of jazz, rock, and pop music. Siders Edgington guides audiences through the centuries with clever color commentary and a witty approach to musical entertainment. Siders Edgington is an Organist at Hope Church in Holland, an instructor at Calvin University and an international concert artist. Ruffer, who will be accompanying Siders Edgington on trumpet, plays in the St. Anderew's Cathedral Brass band and an instructor at Hope College. The Dutch Organ concert will be performing Sunday May 8, 2022, at Hope Church

Artisan Market

The annual Artisan Market brings together over one hundred vendors to highlight their artisanship and sell unique, hard-to-find items. Guests can walk through the market and adore handmade items at each vendor. Vendors are carefully selected and screened by Tulip Time to ensure they are high-quality. This year, the Artisan Market will be moving to the spacious Beechwood Church on Ottawa Beach Road in Holland. The Artisan Market will run from Saturday, May 7th through Sunday, May 8th, 2022.

Quilt Show

The Tulip Time Quilt Show will put West Michigan quilter’s artistry on display for all to appreciate at Beechwood Church in Holland. Over 100 exquisite quilts will be hung high for patrons to enjoy up close. Every cut, every stitch, every pattern will showcase the quilter’s skill and experience in increasingly rare craft. The Quilt Show will also play host to the annual Quilt Raffle. Participants will be able to purchase tickets for a chance to win a one-of-a-kind quilt, made specifically to commemorate this year's festival. The Quilt Show will run from Saturday, May 7th, through Sunday, May 15th, 2022.

Floral Arranging Class

Huisman Flowers’ award-winning floral designers teach the art of floral arranging as guests create their own masterpiece to take home. The classes take place at their beautiful Holland flower shop location where you can browse through a vast assortment of occasion themed gifts, Monday May 9 and Tuesday May 10, 2022.

Tulip Time Run

The annual Tulip Time Run is back in person for 2022. Runners from all over the Midwest will gather at the lakeside Kollen Park in Holland to wait for the starting gun. Runners will run through the historic tulip lanes and see Holland in ways they have never seen before. This run offers a 10k, a 5k and a Kid’s Fun Run option for runners of all ages and skill levels. The run will take place on Saturday, May 7th, 2022. Registration opens on TulipTime.com on Friday, October 8th, 2021.

Experience Tulip Time Festival, May 7-15, 2022. Detailed program and event information is available on www.tuliptime.com. Tickets for shows go on sale Tuesday, November 9th, 2021, at 9:00 am ET. Tickets can be purchased online at www.tuliptime.com, in person at the Tulip Time Festival Box Office located at 42 West 8th Street, Holland, Michigan, or by phone at 800-822-2770.