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16 Aug 2019

Brest to host 10th national philatelic exhibition on 4-8 September

Brest to host 10th national philatelic exhibition on 4-8 September
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BREST, 16 August (BelTA) – The 10th National Philatelic Exhibition BelPhila 2019 will be held in Brest on 4-8 September. This year’s exhibition will celebrate the millennium anniversary of Brest, BelTA learned from the press service of the Belpochta postal service.

To celebrate the anniversary exhibition, Belpochta issued a stamp sheet, a first day cover, and a postmark reading “1000 Years Since the First Written Record of Brest”, as well as a stamped envelope and a postmark reading “The 10th National Philatelic Exhibition BelPhila 2019”.

The exhibition will go on display in the Belarus cinema on Sovetskaya Street, a popular pedestrian street of Brest. The event will bring together philatelists from 16 countries, including Brazil, Germany, Israel, Ireland, Portugal, the U.S. who will showcase 146 philatelic collections. The Belpochta exposition will illustrate all stages of issuing postage products which mark the millennium anniversary of Brest.

The official class of the national philatelic exhibition traditionally features postal administrations of various countries. This year, the official class will consist of seven diverse expositions. Collections (62 items) of the competitive class will be assessed by an expert jury.

“The main aim of the 10th National Philatelic Exhibition is to attract attention to philately in Belarus. We are happy that the exhibition draws children and young people. The junior class will comprise 22 collections, including 11 collections in group A (participants under 15 years old), five in group B (aged 16-18), and six in group C (aged 19-21),” the press service said.

The 1st National Philatelic Exhibition was held in Mogilev in 1999. Since then, it was also hosted by Grodno (in 2000, 2006), Minsk (in 2002, 2004, 2009, 2015, 2017), and Gomel (in 2011).

The BelPhila 2019 exhibition has been organized by the Belarusian Communications and Informatization Ministry, the Belpochta postal service, the Brest City Hall, and the Belarusian Union of Philatelists with participation of the Culture Ministry, the Information Ministry, and the National Art Museum.

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