A recap of Florint’s European Championship of Florists in Katowice, Poland

The Florint Europa Cup 2022 organized by SFP, the Polish Flower Association, was a success. For three sunny days, the city of Katowice was the “floral art capital of the world”! This European Championship transformed the bustling Polish city into a must-see for flower lovers, as Hanneke Frankema from the Netherlands won the first prize in the famous floristry championship.

A recap of the European Championship of Florists – European Cup 2022

The European Cup has traditionally brought together a huge group of gifted flower arrangers. Sixteen flag-waving master florists proudly represented their countries at the 2022 European Floristry Championship. They competed in six music-inspired arrangement challenges, which included a table design, a hand tied bouqueta floral body decoration for a dancer, and a thematic installation: “Dance in the rain”.

Three drawings by Hanneke Frankema

Meanwhile, on the main stage, other first-class florists delighted the audience with stellar flower displays. On Professionals Day (August 26), Latin American floristry education collective EIAF performed, as did Floral Fundamentals and two big Polish stars: Zygmunt Sieradzan and Tomasz Max Kuczynski.

EIAF With Gregor Lersch on Thursdays
EIAF Latin American Floristry Teaching Collective

Zygmunt Sieradzan and Tomasz Max Kuczynski for Floral Fundamentals on Thursday
Zygmunt Sieradzan and Tomasz Max Kuczynski

Later in the evening, renowned German master Klaus Wagener wowed the crowd with his spectacular main show, titled ‘Time Transition in Floristry’.

European Cup :

“It was beautiful and unique! Our event would not have been a success without the support and the great help of our wonderful volunteers. Thank you very much! Without your commitment, your energy and your smiles, we could not have done it . In a strong group!”

Floral fun for the whole family

Saturday, August 27 was aimed more at the public than at professionals. The lobby featured an exhibition of flower arrangements from “4 sides of the world”, while Polish models paraded around the room in the most exquisite floral dresses.

Children were treated to fun floristry workshops and mini-shows, and everyone marveled at the contestants who brought their stunning arrangements together in their booths. It was truly a privilege to see such artistry live!

Floral fashion at the Europa Cup 2022 on Thursday

Alongside this floral art festival, florists were able to take part in business seminars organized by OZ Export, Centrum Florystyczne Rekpol, JMP Flowers and Smithers-Oasis®. These are the four main sponsors who have supported the 2022 European Cup, through years of uncertainty, and helped make it a huge success. For this dedication, they deserve immense praise.

Winners of the European Cup 2022

Six of the top sixteen competitors reached the final, based on the professional’s scoring of their top five arrangements Florint-certified championship judges. These six finalists were Michael Liebrich (DE), Stefan van Berlo (BE), Gábor Nagy (HU), Hanneke Frankema (NL), Fabrizio Panone (IT) and Nicu Bocancea (RO).

During the Gala Award Ceremony evening, the finalists had to complete one last surprise vase arrangement live on stage – using lots of bold tropical flowers and whatever inspiration they had left.

As the jury deliberated backstage, guests were treated to a dinner and breathtaking choreography of music, acrobatics, ballet and UV body painting by the artist collective. Wataha Drums. You really have you must see it to believe it !

UV body paint by Wataha Drums at the Florint's Europa Cup 2022 Gala Dinner on Thursday
UV body paint by Wataha Drums
picture by Nico Alsemgeest

The president of the jury, Thomas Ratschker, returned to the stage with the important “golden envelope” and handed it over to Björn Kroner, the master of ceremonies. After maintaining the suspense for a second or two more, he and his Polish colleague announced the final winners:

  • 1st place, and CHAMPION OF THE EUROPA CUP 2022: Hanneke Frankema From the Netherlands !
  • 2nd place and EUROPA CUP 2022 finalist: Gabor Nagy from Hungary
  • 3rd place and bronze medalist of the EUROPA CUP 2022: Michael Liebrich of Germany
Florint's European Championship Hanneke Frankema, 1st runner-up Gabor Nagy, 2nd runner-up Michael Liebrich on Thursd
The 2022 European Cup podium. From left to right: Michael Liebrich, Hanneke Frankema and Gábor Nagy

To consult the complete final match sheet of the European Cup 2022, please click here.

Look at the images online

A professional livestream of all the stunning European Cup flower shows was directly available online for a small fee, via europacup222.ppv-stream.pl. These shows will continue to be available for about a month. So if you missed the event, now’s your chance to enjoy all that floral art from a distance!

You can also see many other photos and videos from the European Cup 2022 on Facebook:

Round table at the Florint's Europa Cup 2022 on Thursday

Why Florint promotes floral craftsmanship

The floristry industry has a vast reservoir of artistic talent. At Florint, we believe this potential deserves a big international stage. Because flowers, by nature, convey emotions and bring happiness to people. And professional florists capture that joy and wonder in their arranging work. There is no better promotion for our industry.

In addition, competition between friends stimulates innovation and the exchange of knowledge. It is just as vital. It is for these reasons that the International Florist Organisation, together with its like-minded members and partners, organizes a monumental floristry championship every two years.

We hope that the European Cup 2022, organized by Florint and the Polish Association of Florists SFP, has brought you joy, whether from near or far! And we sincerely thank all those who have contributed to making this championship possible.

Ahti Lyra wearing floral decoration at the Florint's Europa Cup 2022 on Thursday
Ahti Lyra

Upcoming Florint Championships

Please join us in August 2023 to celebrate Euroflowers 2023, our European Championship for Young Florists, at the historical park Arboretum Volcji Potok in Slovenia. It promises to be just as fascinating, but will instead take place in an incredible outdoor environment.

And don’t forget to save from August 26 to 31 2025 in your diary, when our European Cup championship returns – in the form of the spectacular Florint World Floral Art Championship 2025 in The Hague!

Several flags for the European Floristry Championship on Thursday

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