Taking place in Manchester, UK from 7th – 9th September 2023, the Interflora World Cup is not only about the competition itself, it’s about the once-in-a-lifetime World Cup experience! Alongside the exciting competition and stunning blooms on show, there will be hands-on workshops, inspiring talks and demonstrations, artisan stalls, creation zones, live music and entertainment, a gala dinner and so much more! There will be plenty of opportunities to get involved – a chance to learn, be inspired, and delight in the power of flowers.
Floristry Workshops You Won’t Want to Miss
Taking place in the dedicated Florist Zone each day at the event, the full program of inspirational floristry workshops includes hands-on, practical sessions mixed with spectacular, action-packed demonstrations, led by the likes of reigning Interflora World Cup Champion, Bart Hassam.
International Floristry Demonstrations
This is your opportunity to see the reigning Interflora World Champion, Bart Hassam in action. All the way from Australia, Bart will provide an inspirational 2-hour demonstration of creating beauty through plant material, with elegance and appropriateness - but above all, with a respect for the flower.
Dates & Times:
- Thursday 7th of September from 11.00-13.00 -> International Floristry Demonstration by Bart Hassam
- Friday 8th of September from 11.00-13.00 -> International Floristry Demonstration by Bart Hassam
Hands-on Floristry Masterclass
Immerse yourself in the design world of reigning Interflora World Champion, Bart Hassam with a 5-hour world-class masterclass, lecture, and hands-on design experience. Lunch is provided and you will also have time to explore the Competition Area.
Attendees will need to have a basic level of floristry experience to attend this hands-on masterclass. All flowers and sundries are supplied, just bring along your basic florist toolbox and be prepared to be inspired. General admission to the event is included with this masterclass - tickets are very limited so book early to guarantee your space.
Date & Time:
- Saturday the 9th of September from 10.15-16.45 -> Hands-on Floristry Masterclass by Bart Hassam (including lunch and general event admission)
Hands-on Floristry Experiences
Learn from the masters with a 2.5-hour experience combining lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on workshops. Flowers and materials are included in the cost of the class and everything you make is yours to take home, including lots of new ideas! Attendees will need to have a basic level of floristry experience to attend this hands-on workshop. Seating is very limited to ensure the best quality experience so don’t miss out!
Dates & Times:
- Thursday 7th of September from 14.00-16.30 -> Hands-on Floristry Experience by Frédéric Dupré
- Friday 8th of September from 14.00-16.30 -> Hands-on Floristry Experience by Harijanto Setiawan
- Saturday 9th of September from 10.45-13.15 -> Hands-on Floristry Experience by Ivan Bergh
- Saturday 9th of September from 14.15-16.45 -> Hands-on Floristry Experience by Tamás Mezőffy
1. Bart Hassam
Bart is a world-renowned floral designer, demonstrator, and lecturer who regularly travels the world teaching and sharing his passion for his particular style of floral engineering. He is the reigning Interflora World Champion, having represented Australia in Philadelphia in 2019.
Hassam has a background in commercial floristry, floral art, Sogetsu ikebana, and European design, and spent several years of his formative training working and studying in Japan. The aesthetic influence this has had on his design style cannot be understated.
Bart is regularly commissioned to produce large-scale floral installations for flower shows, exhibitions, and individual pieces of floral design for media publication. He also takes commissions for pieces of nature-based sculpture for private homes and interior design companies. Bart has a particular love for teaching the finer points of high-end floral design.
Bart Hassam is the co-owner of Maison Fleur Floral Design, a boutique floral design studio in the heart of Brisbane. He has been awarded Interflora Australian Florist of the Year five times as well as being an Asia Cup champion.
2. Frédéric Dupré
Frédéric is a professional floristry teacher based in France who regularly demonstrates and holds workshops around the world. He is also a trendsetting florist often featured in national and international magazines and regularly designs large floral stages for shows and special floral events such as the “Floralies”.
Frédéric Dupré’s record of achievements is impressive considering the strong competition in French floristry and his young age. In 2003 he received the title France Best Apprentice (MAF) (1st place), three years later he became French Champion and in 2007 he was crowned French Young Talent Interflora Champion (silver). In 2011, the quality of his work and exceptional craftsmanship were recognized when he earned the prestigious title Best Craftsman of France (MOF) (1st place). In 2015, Frédéric represented France in the World Cup in Berlin. This passionate professor continues to pass his knowledge on to others with a twinkle in his eye!
3. Harijanto Setiawan
An international event designer, florist, architect, entrepreneur, and author, Harijanto’s work is legendary as is his generous spirit and kindness.
Harijanto Setiawan lives in Singapore where he has been ‘recognized’ by the Singaporean government for services to floristry and charity. He is a passionate designer who takes on amazing projects which would leave most designers trembling. He has a particular interest in the fusion between floral art and fashion and has worked with brands including Chanel, Dior, and Hermes as well as being a consultant to some of the leading hotels in the world.
Harijanto is also the author of two books, 'Mystical Floral Journey' and 'WTF! What The Flowers'.
4. Ivan Bergh
Ivan Bergh who lives and works in Pescara, Italy is a highly experienced florist who runs the Ivan Bergh Floral School.
He studied with Peter Hess, Jean Marie Leeman, and Runi Kristofersen, and in 2001 began his collaboration with the European Anthenaeum of Floral Art as a lecturer and international judge. He took part in seminars in Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, and Norway and has been a voracious competitor, winning the Italian Championship.
Ivan confesses that flowers are his passion. His parents grew them and clearly, he loves them! He now has his own school where he teaches composition and shares with his students the need to be aware of what is coming. He says:
"As a florist, it teaches one to experiment, to dare with new materials, and new forms, and to always have a creative approach. Flowers express our feelings, we dare to 'voice' our emotions with colors, shapes, and materials and we can communicate everything we have… the love and passion… flowers."
Website: http://www.ivanbergh.com. Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ivan_bergh_floral_school
5. Tamás Mezőffy
Tamás was the 2016 Europa Cup Champion and lives and works in Hungary. An innovative florist who is destined for great things, Tamás’s work reveals his attention to detail. He has worked in over 35 countries spanning Europe, Asia, and America and comes with a wealth of experience and design influence.
He is a professor at the acclaimed American Floral Art School where his alumni include Gregor Lersch, Bart Hassam, Elly Lin, and Alex Choi to name but a few. In 2019, Tamás represented Hungary in the World Cup in Philadelphia.
Tamás is a hidden gem and the never-ending inspiration he gets from nature, coupled with his dedication to his vocational skill, has made him a successful florist and one to work with as his international reputation continues to grow.
Book Early - Don't Miss the Opportunity
Don’t miss the opportunity to see some of the most passionate and creative professional florists from around the world in Manchester, and take away practical ideas and design inspiration to use in your own floristry business, whether you’re creating commercial pieces or event installations.
World Cup Website: https://www.interflora.co.uk/page/world-cup.
Floristry Workshops: https://www.eventarena.co.uk/interflora/interflora-world-cup-1/florist-workshop-tickets
Header image via @barthassamfloraldesigns.