Who will you root for this year?
The Fleurop-Interflora competition is set to take place in Berlin from 11 – 13 June, and world class competitors from eighteen countries have now been announced.
The motto for the World Cup this year is ‘Freedom’, emphasising the importance of freedom and responsibility all over the world and resounding especially clearly in this year’s host city, Berlin. Organisers say, “The pursuit of freedom inspires the imagination, breaks through walls and reaches beyond boundaries.”
This theme will have a strong presence throughout the competition as entrants will be reminded of the immense power of the pursuit for freedom which caused the fall of the Berlin wall just over 25 years ago.
The World Cup is made up of three tasks and a semi-final. The first is totally free of constraints and should reflect the personality of the designer, the second must be a revolutionary hand-tied, the third must use materials that are 100% recycled (so no foam or wire!) and the semi-final is a surprise.
Following a preliminary heat on the Thursday and Friday of the competition, the semi-final for the top ten finalists will be held on Saturday. Later the grand finale will culminate with the award ceremony on Saturday evening.
The World Cup jury members are all experienced competition judges, having been consultants or members of expert committees. The jury operates in line with the Florint international judging system, where 100 is the highest possible score per work-piece and juror. The jurors will evaluate various parameters of each design including technical difficulty.
Competitors announced so far…
Switzerland: Marc Müller
Norway: Åslaug Nevstad Hildre
Estonia: Ahti Lyra
Finland: Pirjo Koppi
Spain: Soraya Rojo Iglesias
Japan: Aritaka Nakamura
Denmark: Kristine Lyngsaa Gudiksen
Netherlands: Martin Groen
Great Britain: Neil Whittaker
Australia: Shauna Larsen
Russia: Irina Zhigalova
Germany: Jürgen Herold
USA: Jacob McCall
Malaysia: Caroline Loo Sooi Hing
Kazakhstan: Ibragim Chupalaev
Austria: Johann Obendrauf
South Korea: Choi Won Chang
France: Frédéric Dupré