8. 4. 2017

ABPS Exhibitions, Congress and International Newsletter, April 2017

This newsletter has the closing dates for ABPS York in July, Brasilia 2017 in April and Praga 2018 in November, together with the dates for this year's Autumn Stampex. Entry forms are on the ABPS website.
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Last Call

Brasilia 2017
24th October 2017 - 29th October 2017  |  Ulysses Guimarães Convention Center, Brasilia
British Commissioner: Frank Walton frank@frankwalton.com
Deadline for receipt of application forms 12th April 2017

Our Next National Exhibition

ABPS York Fair National Exhibition: 21st - 22nd July 2017
York Race course, York YO23 1EX
Over 100 stamps and coin dealers, The pre-eminent show in the north of England.
A full national exhibition with all classes.
See the Rules and Entry Forms at http://www.abps.org.uk/Exhibiting/Exhibitions/index.xalter
Deadline for receipt of application forms is 22nd May 2017

Forthcoming International Exhibitions

Finlandia 2017
Finlandia 2017 takes place from 24-28 May 2017 in Tampere, the home of the Finnish national philatelic museum. This is a full international exhibition featuring over 2000 exhibition frames, invited displays including material from the philatelic collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the launch of Stockholmia 2019, a reception by the Royal Philatelic Society London, music by Sibelius, and much more.

Praga 2018
15-18 August 2018  |  Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague 9, Czech Republic
British Commissioner: Yvonne Wheatley whyareuu@outlook.com
Deadline for receipt of application forms 1 November 2017
PRAGA 2018 is a specialized World Stamp Exhibition with FIP patronage and the FEPA recognition, held on the occasion of celebrations of:
the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic,
the 100th anniversary of the issue of the first Czechoslovak stamp,
the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Postal Museum,
the 100th anniversary of the end of the World War I,
the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Czech Republic.
The objective of the exhibition is to promote philately, to develop mutual relations and philatelic culture, to maintain cooperation among philatelists throughout the world, to present creativity and innovation when treating exhibits, and to promote the Exponet virtual philatelic exhibition.
It will have c. 1500 frames for about 300 exhibits with the following classes, Traditional Philately, Postal History, Philatelic Literature, One Frame Exhibits, Modern Philately, and Open Philately.

Further international exhibitions include:

Malaysia 2018, in November/December 2019, details to be announced.
China 2019, details to be announced.
Stockholmia 2019, 29 May to 2 June. An exhibition for members of the Royal Philatelic Society London. 
London 2020, 2-9 May 2020.

The Philatelic Congress of Great Britain
Congress takes place in Cardiff from 27 to 30 July at the Jury’s Inn, Park Place, Cardiff, CF10 3UD.
For further details see http://gbcongress.uk/sample-page/2017-invitation-to-congress/

Later National Exhibitions in London

Autumn Stampex 2017 12-16 September 2017 at the Business Design Centre, Islington, London.
This is an excellent commercial show with now more than 70 dealer stands.
A Full National Exhibition with the Sarawak Specialist Society as lead contributor, with 150 frames, both competitive and non-competitive.
The Hungarian Society will take 20 frames in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Hungarian postage stamps.
Of course frames will be available as usual for individual exhibitors. The application forms and further information is under the Exhibiting tab here. 
If your society wishes to be the lead contributor at a Stampex exhibition, please contact exhibiting@abps.org.uk
The Inter-federation Competition will take place at the same time with seven competitors, each of three frames from different classes. The following have notified the organisers of their participation: The Association of Scottish Philatelic Societies, Yorkshire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Mid-Anglia, Essex  Philatelic Associations and Federations.
The application forms and further information is under the Exhibiting tab here. We are still open for additional entries from other Federations. Contact exhibiting@abps.org.uk

Future Stampex Exhibitions

Spring Stampex 2018 will feature British Islands, and will host a reception for Stockholmia 2019. Further details later.
Autumn Stampex 2018 is expected to include guest entries from the American Philatelic Society, and feature the ending of the First World War as a theme.
The final date for UK residents to qualify for London 2020 will be Spring Stampex in 2019.
Please note that UK national frame fees will increase to £25.00 per frame, or literature entry, from 1st January 2018.

Jury Matters

There will be a further national seminar for existing and would-be Federation judges, probably in November 2017 in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. This is a two day event and could be a first step to a national jury qualification. Details will follow later.

Illegal Stamps

Richard Gratton of the Fakes and Forgeries Commission gave a presentation on bogus and illegal stamps to participants at Taipei 2016, last November. This is an important topic for all collectors, and especially those who collect, display or exhibit in Thematic and Open Philately. Too many of these labels are finding their way into competitions, and this could lead to disqualification. Please see his presentation at here.

FEPA Exhibitions Calendar

All forthcoming exhibitions are listed at http://fepanews.com/International%20Exhibitions

With best wishes
Chris King
Chairman, ABPS Exhibitions, Congress and International Committee