Poland! That is where the next edition of the European Floristry Championship, in 2020, will be organized. The members of the International Florist Organisation chose to award the Europa Cup 2020 to Poland, after being presented with an impressive plan for the championship by Polish florist association SFP.
Details of the Polish proposal
Host city for the 2020 Europa Cup in Poland will be the city of Katowice, a center of culture, industry, and trade in the metropolitan southwest of the country. Katowice is traditionally famous for being ‘the city of coal and steel’, but has developed into a modern business and tourism center. The city regularly hosts big events and offers artists plenty of space for dynamic, innovative activities.
Katowice is also the first Polish city to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a city of music: it is known internationally for its longstanding musical tradition. Every year, the city is home to big events like the Rawa Blues Festival and the OFF Festival for alternative music. The great combination of European floristry and music is sure to infuse the 2020 Europa Cup Championship.
SFP – the Association of Polish Florists
The Association of Polish Florists SFP (Stowarzyszenie Florystów Polskich) was created in 2012 as a response to the rapidly changing Polish market. The thirty founders set ambitious goals and directions to develop the sector, under the slogan ‘Together we can do more’. Since its emergence the association has flourished spectacularly. The proposal to organize the upcoming European Floristry Championship only highlights the SFP’s ambitions.
A slight disappointment for the Dutch
Two main countries were still in the race for the organizing of the Europa Cup 2020: Poland and The Netherlands. The candidacy of The Netherlands, led by Dutch Florist Association VBW and renowned Dutch florist Martin Groen, had an impressive vision for the upcoming Europa Cup as well: the massive World Forum convention centre in The Hague was to host Europe’s best florists in 2020.
The strong proposal from the Polish delegation ended up raining on that parade, however. “Poland has a marvellous location as well”, Martin Groen conceded like a true sportsman.