Press release from the Polish Association
The 2020 ‘EUROPA CUP for Florists’: here’s all you need to know!
The Polish Florist Association and Florint, together with their sponsors, will be hosting a top-level floristry championship in Poland in June: the EUROPA CUP 2020. Will you come and celebrate first-class floristry with us, at the event of the year…?
- What: the world-famous European Floristry Championship
- When: from 5 to 7 June of 2020
- Where: at the International Congress Centre in Katowice, Poland
- Who: between 25 and 30 world-class floral designers
- Why: because professional floristry deserves the greatest possible podium!
History in the making…
It is hard to believe, but it has been more than half a century since
the International Florist
Organisation first organised the European Floristry Championship – commonly known as the ‘Europa Cup’! Sixty years later, the Europa Cup remains one of the most prestigious championships for floral design professionals to compete in. An achievement we’re proud of.
Organising floristry championships like the Europa Cup is intimately familiar to Florint. The very founding of the International Florist Organisation back in 1956 relates to competitions! Back then, our member associations wanted to learn more about how floristry was being done throughout Europe. Cooperation between the European nations was far from obvious, however. Cold war tensions defined the ideologically divided continent. But the countries overcame their mutual distrust, and organised the first-ever floristry championship together. In the end, the Swiss competitor was crowned the first official European floristry champion. A remarkable tradition was born…
The Europa Cup competitors
Nowadays, any country in the world can be represented in the Europa Cup, and any professional florist can compete. Candidates for Europa Cup 2020 are initially nominated by Florint’s Member and Candidate Member associations. Any remaining slots are then filled by qualified florists from non-member countries that meet Florint’s criteria.
All the nominating florist associations can’t wait for the moment that their national champions get to demonstrate their abilities, proudly representing their country’s floristry sector. As Florint’s Europa Cup is organised only every 4 years, it makes for a very special occasion.
The deadline to enrol was January 31st 2020, for all competitors. The enrolment process is currently being finalised, and we will officially announce all the competitors soon. Many prominent florists have signed up, it goes without saying!
A competition inspired by music
The Europa Cup 2020 participants will compete in six tasks, with musical themes. They will begin with a 90-minute challenge of preparing a table arrangement for a school reunion, called “Every life has a soundtrack”. The second task is a floral installation – ‘Dance in the Rain’ – which is the biggest design piece the contestants will be faced with. The arrangement is supposed to show the beauty of movement and dance, while at least 50% of the living plant material must be placed in black Oasis foam. A challenging job!
The third assignment is to florally decorate a dancer. For this task, entitled ‘Dancing Queen’, the participants will have 2 hours and the inspiration will be a specially prepared soundtrack. Afterwards, the participants’ floristic skills will be tested via two surprise tasks. Details of those tasks remain secret for now; they will only be presented to the competitors a few minutes before the beginning of the event. Every contestant will receive an identical set of materials, as well as guidelines which must be followed.
The final task is a hand-held bouquet arrangement entitled ‘Life is much like a song’. This assignment will take place during the Final Gala on Saturday evening. Complemented by a feast for the senses with musical and artistic attractions, this year’s Europa Cup champion will be announced. Afterwards, the contestants and visitors can dance the night away during the afterparty.
Not just a Championship…
The Europa Cup 2020 is not just a top-level floristry competition. It is a massive get-together that offers many other happenings alongside:
During a series of shows titled ‘Four Parts of the World’, we will be treated to four different regional takes on floristry. The best florists from Latin America, China, Europe and Poland will perform. These floristic demonstrations will highlight the culture, traditions and temperament of different nations. We will have an opportunity to admire the artistry and craftsmanship that go beyond words and, despite language barriers, can be understood by everyone!
One of the most prominent highlights of the Europa Cup 2020 will be the ‘Masters of Masters’ show, where European Champions from previous editions of the competition perform on one stage. The history of the European Championship is one of many real stars of floristry. This special evening show is a one-of-a-kind encounter, which may well never happen again! Expect a grand display of experience, excellence and creativity.
Nowadays, business knowledge is essential to running a prosperous company. To share this wisdom, a series of seminars and discussion panels on the future of the floral industry is also planned around the Europa Cup 2020. Distinguished experts will share their knowledge and experience of online sales, social media, sustainable development, marketing strategies, trends for 2021 and many other important topics.
Tickets are available now
Tickets are sold via: www.europacup2020.eu. There are 5 ticket packages you can choose from:
• Two-day-ticket: (300 PLN / ~ 70€)
Valid on June 5 & 6, 2020 – offering entry to:
The Europa Cup Championship, a ‘4 Parts of the World’ set of floristry shows, a set of industry panel discussions and seminars. and entrance to the Exhibitors’ and Restaurant Zone
• One-day-ticket: (170 PLN / ~ 40€)
Valid on June 5 or June 6, 2020 – offering entry to:
The Championship and the daily activities planned for that particular day, i.e. the ‘4 Parts of the World’ set of floristry shows or a set of industry panel discussions and seminars; and entrance to the Exhibitors’ and Restaurant Zone
• Ticket for the ‘Masters of Masters’ Show (260 PLN / ~ 60€)
Valid on June 5, 2020, offering entry to:
The exclusive ‘Masters of Masters’ show on Friday evening, featuring *many* former European Champions!
• Full-Package Ticket for the complete Europa Cup program: (1700 PLN / ~
Valid on June 5, 6 & 7, 2020 – offering entrance to:
All the activities during all 3 days of the Europa Cup. This includes: entrance to the Championship + the ‘4 Parts of the World’ set of floristry shows + a set of industry panel discussions and seminars + entrance to the Exhibitors’ and Restaurant Zone + the exhibition of the pieces from all the shows + the ‘Masters of Masters’ Show + the exclusive Grand Final Gala + the Afterparty!
• Sunday ticket: (20 PLN / ~ 4,6€)
Valid on June 7, 2020, offering entrance to the activities organised on that day, the
exhibition day after the championship.
Europa Cup 2020 Communication Channels:
Don’t miss important announcements about the Europa Cup! Keep an eye on www.europacup2020.eu and pick your favourite channel to follow us on:
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/europacup2020/
- Facebook Poland: https://www.facebook.com/EuropaCup2020Katowice/
- Facebook International: https://www.facebook.com/EuropaCup/
- Confirm your attendance and invite friends: https://www.facebook.com/events/526998114498237/
The official Europa Cup 2020 #hashtag is: #EuropaCup2020
The value of floristry competitions
Florint and the Polish Florist Association firmly believe that competitions strengthen ties and stimulate innovation. They allow top-level florists to push the boundaries of their art form, encouraging new ideas, interpretations, and design styles. An occasion like the Europa Cup is a perfect opportunity for the floral design world to showcase its diverse talents. In front of fellow florists, as well as fans and consumers. Thereby reminding millions of viewers around the world of the unique beauty of flowers!
The importance of good judging
All this innovative floristry is fostered by Florint’s certified international floral design judges and 100-points judging system. Together, they guarantee a level playing field for the competitors. Our judging system ensures professionalism and transparency, and has been widely acknowledged as the industry standard. It is actively used in competitions all over the world.
The City of Katowice
Katowice is a fairly young – only slightly more than 150 years old – city in the south of Poland. It is one of the most developed business centers in the country, nonetheless. It is the capital of the Silesian Voivodship, and the largest city of the Upper Silesia and Zagłębie Metropolis, inhabited by over 2 million people.
Katowice is home to many renowned academic, medical and cultural institutions. An important hallmark of the city is the remarkable “Saucer” sports and entertainment arena, with its shape resembling a UFO, which has hosted many international stars.
On December 11th 2015, Katowice was accepted into the network of UNESCO Creative Cities as an official City of Music. That’s why music is the guiding theme for the Europa Cup 2020!
Wishing our UK Competitor Caroline Crabb the best of luck. more news to follow on her journey later