Did you know that there is a World Cup for florists?
If the FIFA World Cup isn’t exactly your thing, how about a World Cup of towering flora and fauna with giant orbs bursting with color and sculptural spectacles? Well, you can swap football for floral art, because the biggest and most prestigious floral design competition in the world is coming to the UK for the very first time next year.
The event will take place from September 7-9, 2023 in the host city of Manchester and tickets have just gone on sale.
In operation since 1972, the Interflora World Cup has already taken place in cities like Berlin in 2015, Shanghai in 2010 and Melbourne in 2004. But 2023 is not only the first time the event has taken place in the UK, it also marks Interflora’s 100th anniversary , making it a doubly exciting event. prospect for all those who will participate next year.
Finalists from 25 countries will compete in six rounds over three days, with each task designed to test the four key aspects of good floristry design: idea, color, composition and technique.
As host country, Interflora UK has also chosen the theme of the year: Our natural world. Competitors will need to demonstrate their respect for the planet by using natural elements and more sustainable practices.
The World Cup will end on Saturday evening and the eventual winner will receive a prize including €15,000 to boost their career as a professional florist. Second and third place contestants will each win €10,000 and €5,000, respectively.
The UK contender for 2023 has been named Elizabeth Newcombe of The Botanical Company in Surrey, having been crowned Interflora Florist of the Year in the final at RHS Bridgewater in July this year.
“The World Cup will be a real spectacle and a unique chance to see floral designers at the top of their game at work. They will create complete works of art on an impressive scale and our tasks will provide the ultimate test of nerve and skill. says Interflora’s Director of Florist Services, Nick Priest.
If a day of watching competitors in action, participating in hands-on workshops and watching live entertainment (and with the added bonus of food, drink and shopping opportunities) sounds like your dream day, tickets from £10 for young adults (aged 13-17), while children aged 12 and under are free. An adult day ticket costs £28.
And, if you can’t make it to the Manchester Central site in person, you can stream it, wherever you are in the world, for £15 with one of their virtual access tickets.
We can’t wait to see what the contestants come up with and which nation will win the 2023 crown.
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