The Belarusian city of Brest celebrated its millennium with the 10th National Philatelic Exhibition with the participation of 16 countries

Published on Author José Ramón Moreno
A grand opening with ribbon cutting ceremony

The city of Brest is the western gate of Belarus and one of the oldest cities in Belarus. Over its 1000-year history, Brest keeps a memory of many historical facts, battles and events. In connection with the celebration of the Millennium of Brest in the ancient city, a large cultural program was organized. One of the most significant events in the cultural program of the city of Brest was the 10th National Philatelic Exhibition “Belphila-2019” with international participation, which was held from September 4 to 8, 2019 at the cinema “Belarus”.

The Minister of Communications Konstantin Shulgan makes the special cancellation

Philatelic exhibition was organised by the Union of Philatelists of Belarus, Ministry of Communications and Informatization of the Republic of Belarus, Enterprise of Post Communications Belpost and the Brest City Executive Committee. At the current philatelic exhibition, 146 collections from 16 countries were represented – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Brazil, Czech Republic, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Ukraine, USA. Competitive exhibits were presented in seven exhibition classes. Postal administrations of different countries are traditional participants in Belarusian national exhibitions.

The jury works in the exhibition hall

The Belarusian postal exposition demonstrated all the stages of creating postal products dedicated to the 1000th anniversary of the first written mention of Brest. The Minister of Communications and Informatization Konstantin Shulgan and the Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee Alexander Rogachuk took part in the grand opening of the philatelic exhibition with red ribbon cutting ceremony.

A fascinating story about the creation of a philatelic exhibit

Especially for the opening of the philatelic exhibition, the Enterprise of Post Communications Belpost prepared souvenir sheet “1000 years since the first written mention of Brest”, which depicts the main attractions of the city: the railway station, main temples, a monument to the millennium. In addition, for special cancellation, cover of the first day and postmark “1000 years since the first written mention of Brest” were issued, as well as entire postal and special postmark “X National Philatelic Exhibition” Belphila-2019″.

Visitors at the exhibition stands

The Minister of Communications and Informatization Konstantin Shulgan, the Chairman of the Brest City Executive Committee Alexander Rogachuk and the Chairman of the Union of Philatelists of Belarus Sergey Pilipovich took part in the special cancellation ceremony. All participants of the exhibition were awarded with medals and diplomas of the corresponding rank, and also received souvenirs and a catalog of the exhibition.

Trade of philatelic materials

During the exhibition, the sale of a variety of philatelic products was organized. The unprecedented largest philatelic exhibition was a great success and many foreign guests arrived to get acquainted with philatelic exhibits.

Awards for exhibitors

Cultural program of the exhibition

The philatelic exhibition “Belphila-2019” was the next significant step in the development of the Belarusian and international philately.

Vice-chairman of the Union of Philatelists of Belarus Vladimir Kachan