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04.09.2011 - Stamp Fair Sindelfingen: many innovations
This year, the well-known international stamp fair in Sindelfingen (27, 28 and 29 October 2011) will offer in many ways a kind of ‘New Look’, thanks to the efforts of the German postal administration

This year, the well-known international stamp fair in Sindelfingen (27, 28 and 29 October 2011) will offer in many ways a kind of ‘New Look’, thanks to the efforts of the German postal administration and the postal authorities of Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Austria. It will result in a new exhibition type, designed to appeal to new audiences. The 180 participants will present their exhibits, all containing material that has been issued in the period after 1970. The title of the exhibition will be ‘My stamps, my ideas’. Every exhibitor is restrained to one frame or twelve album sheets. Most of the exhibitors – about one hundred of them - live in Germany, the other ones are inhabitants of Liechtenstein, Austria and Switzerland.

For the best exhibits there are cash prizes of 600, 300, 200 and 100 Euros. There will also be an additional ‘audience prize’, to be awarded to the exhibit that gathers the most votes from the visitors of the fair. The winners will be presented on the last day of the fair, during the ‘Forum for collectors’, an new activity that also will be mentioned on a special postal stationary item and in a special exhibition hand stamp.

Younger collectors will have their own event, baptised ‘Jugend-Indianer-Tage’ (‘Indian days for the youth’). A regional organisation, Landesring Südwest, will present the ‘Grande Jupex Americana 2011, a competitive exhibition comprising more than 150 frames (1.800 album sheets) and classified as a Rang 2 annex Rang 1 event. This means that eight years after the event in Oberhausen (2003) there will be once again a Rang 1 exhibition especially for younger collectors. The ‘indian theme’ of this part of the Sindelfingen fair can be found in activities like quizzes, lectures and leisure activities that concentrate on the history of the original inhabitants of the North-American continent.

Other highlights of the Sindelfingen fair will be a special postal history exhibition (where awards in the form of gold, silver and bronze postal horns can be won) and a special symposium about postal history.

In Sindelfingen, a historical Dalai-Lama letter will be displayed (see picture below). This important and interesting entire dates from about 1640.

Another first will be the award ceremony for the Rauhut Literature Prize, where the participants (some fifty special study groups) will be eager to win one of the cash prizes of Oberhausen back its own rank-one exhibition for young people in Germany. A stage show with quizzes, lectures and lots of fun and entertainment is as much to offer 1.500 and 1.000 Euros.

Unlike earlier years, the Sindelfingen fair will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This has to do with a change in the habits of the visiting philatelists; they no longer seem to regard the Sunday as an appropriate day for visiting an exhibition. More information can be found on the website of the Sindelfingen fair; the address is www.briefmarken-messe.de .