JOBURG 2010 INTERNATIONAL STAMP EXHIBITION
ENTRIES CLOSE 31 MARCH 2010
Sports enthusiasts are not the only ones excited by the major international events in South Africa in 2010.
The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the 26th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (South Africa is affiliated to FIAP – The Federation of Inter Asian Philately) will be held from Wednesday, 27 October to Sunday, 31 October 2010 at the Sandton Convention Centre, and is set to delight both seasoned philatelists and those who have recently discovered this rewarding pursuit. This is the first International Exhibition to be hosted by South Africa since the successful Ilsapex International in 1998, which was also held in Johannesburg (Midrand).
Entries close on 31 March 2010. Entry forms may be downloaded off the web site www.joburg2010stampshow.co.za. The web site also contains other useful information regarding the show, including, for the benefit of prospective exhibitors, the exhibition IREX – the Individual Regulations that exhibitors need to comply with in entering for the exhibition.
Please bear in mind that Joburg 2010 Stamp Show will see South Africa adopting the international standard of 16 page frames. Accordingly a One Frame exhibit will comprise 16 pages, a 5 frame exhibit 5 x 16 = 80 pages and an 8 frame exhibit 8 x 16 = 128 pages
South African exhibitors may also get further information from their Regional Vice Presidents. To assist in the logistics in getting exhibits to and from the exhibition, the Philatelic Federation of South Africa has nominated 5 South African Commissioners. Entrants who are accepted will be contacted by the relevant commissioner with all the details of how to prepare their exhibits for conveyance. The nominated Commissioners are:
Mr Dave Morton Western Cape
Mr Vernon Mitchell Eastern Cape
Dr Jim Findlay Gauteng & Zimbabwe
Dr Angus Pringle KZN
Prof Gary Osthof Free State & Northern Cape
The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show is sponsored by the Philatelic Foundation of South Africa and the South African Post Office, and has the patronage of the Federation of Inter-Asian Philately (FIAP). It is also recognised by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP), the international governing body for world philately.
The stamp show will see members of the international philatelic community, drawn from some 45 countries, join South African philatelists and stamp enthusiasts over four days of philatelic activities. The entire Ground Floor of the Sandton International Convention Centre has been secured for the exhibition. This comprises some 5,800m2 (nearly 60,000squaree feet) of exhibition space. The floor will be fully carpeted with strong branding and graphics – ensuring that the exhibition and the trade are readily identifiable. Seating and refreshment areas will be located within the Hall.
“With a history spanning many, many years, philately is an intricate and diverse pursuit, and its significance will be highlighted and acknowledged with this coming event,” say the Co Chairperson of Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show Mr Howard Green.
“The pride and fellowship of philately will be celebrated. A junction of expertise, experience and passion from all corners of the earth will set the benchmark for The Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show.”
Highlights include an exceptional Court of Honour featuring a selection of the Queen Elizabeth II collection, for which Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has given personal approval. The selection will be brought to South Africa by the Keeper of the Royal Collection.
The South African Post Office (SAPO) archival exhibit and a diversity of invited exhibits will also be featured in the Court of Honour.
Some 1,500 frames of competitive exhibits with over 20,000 pages of stamps and philatelic material across all FIP classes are anticipated and frames will comply with the International Convention of 16 pages per frame.
The Competitive Exhibition is set to be a major attraction and draw strong interest from a wide spectrum of local and international collectors and philatelists.
The show will include a variety of special events and entertainment, which will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.
A youth activation zone will appeal to new and young stamp collectors, inspiring and assisting them to embrace the hobby.
The official launch of the 8th definitive stamp series by SAPO is another highlight of this show.
The presence of over 40 local and international dealers from the likes of Europe, USA and Australasia will provide a unique opportunity for trade for all collectors and budgets.
Concurrent to Joburg 2010 International Stamp Show, the South African Post Office will also host a Conference for Managers of Philatelic Bureaus.
“The show is a platform which showcases the high standards of philately in our country to an audience of world-renowned philatelists and also create awareness of philately amongst the general public,” explains Johan van Wyk, Manger Philatelic Services of the Post Office. “It will also lead to a promotion of our country through its stamps, and strong participation from African countries will showcase the diversity, strength and growth within our continent.”
African participant countries include South Africa, Swaziland, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia and Sudan.
Participating countries include Australia, Bahrain, China, Chinese Taipei, France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Thailand, USA, UAE and Vietnam.
As of the Press Time: Philippine Philatelic Federation and International Philippine Philatelic Society will be sending representatives to the show.