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A once in a lifetime chance to see the world’s best.

Get ready for flowers like you've never seen them before. In September, florists from around the world will meet in Manchester for the world’s most prestigious floristry competition, to battle it out for the title of world champion. And for the first time, everyone’s invited. Are you ready to see some real flower power?

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What is the Interflora World Cup?

Imagine the Olympics crossed with the Chelsea Flower Show, then add extra drama, challenging creative workshops and seriously delicious food and drink – that’s the Interflora World Cup 2023. The main event though, is the floristry competition. It’s the world’s biggest, bringing together exceptional florists from around the globe together to compete to be world champion. These are the best in the business, and they’re here to create stunning floral art (and maybe a bit of drama too).

What to expect

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A day out like no other

Come for the high-stakes competition, stay for the floral fun, there’s something for flowers fans of all kinds across the three days. Expect creative workshops and hubs, live demonstrations, artisan markets, delicious food and drink and live music & entertainment.

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Celebrations!

As if the excitement of hosting the world’s biggest floristry event wasn’t enough, in 2023 we’re also going to be celebrating our 100 year anniversary. We’ll be marking this huge milestone in style in Manchester, come along to join the party.

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Can’t go in person?

Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. We’ll be streaming the event across each stage of the competition, with expert commentary, so you’ll still be able to enjoy the Interflora World Cup wherever you are in the world. - Photo Credit: FTD Michelle Smith / @ginchigoo

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Photo Credit: FTD Michelle Smith / @ginchigoo

All about the competition

How does it work?
Across Thursday, Friday and Saturday there are six heats. The semi-final is on Friday 8th September in the evening, the grand final is Sunday 9th September.

Through each round competitors will face tough tasks under strict time conditions. Some challenges they’ll know in advance so they can prepare, others will be surprise tasks on the day that will need quick thinking. Get ready to see those floristry skills on show.

This year’s theme

This year competitors will be asked to concentrate on sustainability and natural materials, because the theme is ‘our natural world’. While the specific tasks are under wraps, we know the judges will be looking for designs to showcase respect for nature and the environment.

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The history of the World Cup

Held every four to six years in cities around the world, the Interflora World Cup has been going since 1972. Now Manchester has the honour – and for the first time all flower fans are welcome, whether they’re working in floristry or not!

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Prepare for some Serious Competition

Each of our international contestants will battle it out against the clock and each other to create stunning pieces of floral art. Get ready for drama, tension and blooms like nothing you’ve seen before.

Experience

Be part of the Artisan Village

Are you a specialist trader? Would you like to be part of the Artisan village? Snap up a stand now to be part of this fantastic event.

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Visit Manchester

Find out more about Manchester, how to get there, book accommodation and plan your visit with additional visitor guides. Need somewhere to stay? Marketing Manchester Convention Bureau is the official accommodation booking provider for the Interflora World Cup 2023 and they are delighted to offer specially negotiated accommodation rates for delegates and visitors.

Get involved

Behind the scenes of the World Cup all sorts of clever volunteers help us keep things running smoothly, in exchange for all sorts of perks. How do you fancy being one of them?

If you’re a florist, designer, grower, student, or just a flower fan and you want to help during competition week (it kicks off Monday 4th September 2023) get in touch at worldcup@interflora.co.uk to find out more.worldcup@interflora.co.uk

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