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Live High-class Floristry: the German Championship of Floral Design 2016 in Berlin!

DMF 2016


„Red-Hot Rio“ is the motto for this year’s 31st German Championship of Floral Design at the famous Potsdamer Platz Arkaden in Berlin, from 19 to 20 August. Five Olympic game-inspired challenges will have to be completed by Germany’s best floral designers. And entrance to the amazing event is free!


2016 is going to be a year that is filled with breathtaking competitions: while Europe holds its breath during a serious outbreak of football fever in the time between June and July, soon after that the Olympic Games in Rio are going to take place and grab the world’s attention. And, last but not least, there is another great competition coming up: The German Championship of Floral Design, located in Berlin and patronized by the capital city’s Mayor Michael Müller, from 19th to 20th August.


Only the best German florists will meet up for the championship, in a very inspiring location called the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden – Berlin’s famous shopping quarter. Florists from eleven German federal states are going to undertake the challenge. Every single one of them has qualified by winning Germany’s federal states’ own floral design championships.

As mentioned above this years’ topic is „Red-Hot Rio“. Five different challenges will be inspired by the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, and will have to be completed by the competing floral arrangers within two days.

The spectacular German Championship of Floral Design takes place every two years, so make sure to not miss out on the event, which is presented by Florint member Fachverband Deutscher Floristen (German Association of Florists, FDF) and Fleurop AG. All works will be rated by a certified, professional jury. A technical committee will oversee compliance with all the rules of the competition.

The first German championship of floral design took place in Saarbrücken back in 1966, so we are also proud to announce a 50th anniversary!


Competition challenges and schedule „Red-Hot Rio“


Sport is never merely about victory. It is always about people being a part of an experience and sharing those emotions as well. All around the world people are enthusiastic about, and often even obsessed with, large sports events. Deep emotions such as those related to a sport event are perfectly reflected in the natural beauty of flowers and plants, brought to life by masterly floristic craftsmanship.

At the German Championship of Floral Design in Berlin, Germany’s best florists will find inspiration in the world of the Olympic Games, translating different aspects of the event into floral design. Five challenges will demand the highest operational standard of craftsmanship and creativity. They are the following:

First challenge: Room decoration „More is More“
Friday, 19th August 2016, 10.30 am to 12.30 pm
Processing time: 120 minutes


The Dutch Flower Council has noted certain trend topics and one of them perfectly fits the bill in terms of sports, according to the mantra “higher, better, faster, stronger”. “More is more” is all about vibrant colours and a flattering mixture of patterns. The participants have to realize a room decoration dedicated to the “more is more” theme. Colourful designs and energetic forms will bring the motto to life.

Second Challenge: Table decoration „Welcome to Rio“
Friday, 19th August 2016, 2.00 to 3.30 pm
Processing time: 90 minutes


The world’s largest sport event is going to take place in Rio de Janeiro. The capital of Brazil makes us instantly think of Samba, summer, sunshine, and a happy mood. A summery decorated table for a minimum of two persons has to be designed by the competitors – inspired by the Brazilian joie de vivre of course.

Third challenge: Planting „Comfort & Hope“
Friday, 19th August 2016, 4.30 to 6.00 pm
Processing time: 90 minutes


Unfortunately, international sport events are not safe from tragic events. Recall, for one, the hos-tage drama at the Olympic Games in Munich 1972, when eleven Olympic athletes were ruthlessly killed by terrorists. Due to their expert craftsmanship, florists are able to translate feelings like grief, hope and solace into characteristic floral designs. This can help the bereaved to channel their emotions and find some comfort in the beauty of nature. For this challenge the florists have to create a planting, which refers to such tragic incidents in sports history and invites the people to pause for a moment and remember the deceased.

Fourth challenge: bound workpiece
„Rockin‘ Rio – A victory bouquet for the favourite athlete“
Saturday, 20th August 2016, 11.00 am to 12.00 pm
Processing time: 60 minutes


Sport events are often a cause for widespread emotions, thrill and excitement, keeping people fascinated all over the world. A victory bouquet has to be designed in dedication to the florist’s favourite athletes, in this fourth round.

Fifth challenge: free creative work „On the trail of the ancient world“
Saturday, 20th August 2016, 2.00 to 3.30 pm
Processing time: 90 minutes


With this surprise work we want to celebrate the origins of the Olympic Games, which lead back to ancient Greece. All participants receive a package with the same materials, out of which they have to create a special floral piece. Exact instructions will be given to the participants on the day they receive the package.


For more information about the championship, please visit the website of the German Championships of Floral Design: www.dmfberlin.de. Entry to the event location, Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Alte Potsdamer Str. 7, 10785 Berlin), is completely free!




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