Courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival
**FILE** Courtesy of the National Cherry Blossom Festival

National Cherry Blossom Festival leaders, D.C. officials, and sponsors and stakeholders recently gathered virtually to preview the 2021 National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world’s great celebrations of spring.

The 2021 Festival, slated for March 20-April 11, will include an innovative format that honors the tradition of the Festival, while prioritizing the health and safety of attendees amidst the coronavirus pandemic, according to a Festival press release.

To ensure maximum engagement and event attendance, most 2021 Festival programming will be free and open to the public, including a one-hour nationally syndicated television show and 20 large, vibrant cherry blossom sculptures displayed in dozens of locations throughout the city.

The Nov. 18 preview of the 2021 official artwork, was created by Patrick Guyton and captures the energy and colors of the Tidal Basin in springtime with a metallic, reflective spiraling vortex of cherry blossoms set against the backdrop of the Washington Monument.

“I’ve been making cherry blossom art for 10 years, and during an art auction in early 2019, I was approached by a collector to submit some work for the Festival,” Guyton said in the press statement. “It was a gigantic honor to be selected to create the piece, and I’m excited to see it there in person during next year’s festival.”

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