“MACAO 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition” was successfully completed on 24th September, 2018 with the exhibition period of 21st to 24th September at Cotai Expo Hall A at The Venetian Macao. It was co-organized by Macao Post & Telecommunications Bureau and the Macao Philatelic Club. It was the first great international philatelic event in Asia organized by Macao Special Administrative Region.
There were 23 countries or regions of overseas postal administrations or stamp dealers and of local cultural and creative industries with a total of 42 booths participating in this event. Over 1000 frames of the FIAP members’ philatelic collections were on display. Competitive exhibits had nine classes, namely championship, traditional, postal history, postal stationery, thematic, youth, literature, one frame and modern philately.
Youth in Macao 2018
During the exhibition period, it was classified into four different thematic days including Postal Savings Day, Stamps Day, Letters Writing Day and Festive Day. The venue has been divided to several areas, such as Exhibition Area, Treasure Gallery, Pillar Boxes, Sales Booths, Sales Booths of Macao Cultural & Creative Industries, Macao Post & Telecommunications Bureau Sales Booth and Stamp Vending Machines area.
For special stamp issues, three unique stamp sets of “MACAO 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition” were issued on the themes of authentic food, festivals, famous streets and landmarks. Apart from the “Macao 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (I)” that had been issued on 1st March, the label stamp “Macao 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (II)” was issued on the opening day, 21st September and the “Macao 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition (III)” was issued on 23rd September. The designers’ autograph sessions were held at noon on 21st and 23rd September.
Furthermore, “DIY Postcard” Vending Machine was first put into service for printing self-portraits and greetings on the postcards as an exclusive souvenir. Special Edition of Personalized Stamp – “Joy” was available to print on site. Besides, a Venetian temporary postmark was used for mailing cancellation as well.
In order to strengthen industry exchanges and establish a communication platform, “Macao 2018” has arranged a number of seminars in the course of the Stamps Exhibition, including “Greeting from “Kingdom of Stamps” Liechtenstein”, “Art in Miniature – Seminar on Macao Stamps Design”. Furthermore, there were sessions of “An Introduction to Printing & Technology of Stamps”, “Facilitating the development of inclusive finance and green finance on the Digital Silk Road: Fintech’s potential positive impact” and “Applying Blockchain in Real Business Scenarios”. At the same time, the awards ceremonies of “Macao Postal Savings Grants Program 2017/2018”, “Creative Savings Box Construction Contest”, “Draw My Story of Stamps Contest”, “47th International Letter – Writing Competition for Young People” and “Macao2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition – Youth Philately” awards ceremonies were presented as well.
On the Palmares Night of “MACAO 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition” Award Ceremony, the winners of prizes were announced. They are: Grand Prix d’ Honneur, Grand Prix International, Grand Prix National, 6 Large Gold Medal, 19 Gold Medal, 54 Large Vermeil Medal, 50 Vermeil Medal, 38 Large Silver Medal, 22 Silver Medal, 22 Silver Bronze Medal and 18 Bronze Medal of 9 classes were also awarded. Macao contestants won the 32 award of 5 philately.
Although the size of stamp is quite small, it serves as a carrier of promoting cultures. The “MACAO 2018 – 35th Asian International Stamp Exhibition” had played an important role as a “bridge” for enhancing cultural and economic exchanges among countries and regions, to further achieve synergy effects, and further maximize stamp collection’s unique advantage with an aim to enable cultural practices passed on from generation to generation.