IBRA News 27.11.2022 – Stamp Fair Almost Booked Out

This is good news for visitors, but bad news for exhibitors who hestitate to register: the 33rd International Stamp Fair in Essen, which is the commercial part of the World Stamp Exhibition IBRA from 25 to 28 May 2023, is almost fully booked. There are only a few small row stands available, which are suggested to be given away quite soon, looking at the figures of demand. In view of the Corona pandemic, this was not necessarily to be expected. Yet, it is evidence for the rank the Stamp Fair of Essen has achieved over decades.

Visitors will find international commercial offers presumably leaving nothing to be desired. There will be a number of rows of international post office stands around the large stand of the German post office of Deutsche Post. Traders and auctioneers will not only be from Germany and other European countries (Great Britain included), but will also come from overseas: companies from the United States, South Africa, and Australia will travel thousands of kilometers to present their offers in Essen.

Saving the best for last: Entrance continues to be free!

IBRA News 23.11.2022 – BDPh meeting in Cape Town with IBRA-FIP coordinator Reinaldo Maceido

Photo: BDPh_FIP_Consultant.jpg – From left: Walter Bernatek, Alfred Schmidt, Dr. Wolfgang Leupold in conversation with FIP coordinator Reinaldo Macedo. Photo: Wolfgang Maassen
(wm-pcp) It is becoming increasingly clear that IBRA 2023 will be a very unusual event. On 12 November 2022, representatives of the BDPh board and the IBRA presidium – Alfred Schmidt and Walter Bernatek, accompanied by Dr Wolfgang Leupold – met with Reinaldo Macedo, the responsible FIP coordinator, to discuss jury appointments and other issues. Due to the expanded exhibit acceptance, it was necessary to appoint more jurors than originally planned, for which the BDPh board had already submitted proposals, which were approved and supplemented by Reinaldo Macedo. These will now be submitted to the FIP board and the individual jurors, respectively, so that it can be expected that the appointments will be determined at the beginning of 2023 and published shortly afterwards.

The Grand Prix Club and its members will present individual objects in approximately 10-12 frames at IBRA 2023, all of which are distinguished by noteworthy rarity and uniqueness.

A FIP Jury Academy is also being considered, which could perhaps take place a few days before the start of IBRA 2023 in Essen. Interested FIP jurors will then have the opportunity for further training on the basis of exemplary exhibits in a 34 framework. Such a project already marks IBRA as an exhibition where the world will be a guest in Essen.

IBRA News 14.11.2022 – IBRA 2023: IBRA Youth Meeting: „We join!“

(woe) „We join“, DPhJ leader of Munich, Markus Vester, is pleased to annonce. What does he mean by that? „Our youth group has just registered for the IBRA youth meeting“, the Bavarian youth group leader explains. The meeting is going to take place parallel to the IBRA world exhibition from 25 to 28 of May 2023 in Essen.

There will be a lot on offer for all young at heart people: besides visiting the youth center, and, as a matter of course, attending the IBRA, there will be highlights every day, such as the legendary Phila fete, and great trips: for Saturday afternoon a visit to the famous Zollverein colliery ist planned, guided by the company Zechenschicht. On Sunday, a trip to the German Football Museum in Dortmund is on the agenda. „The programme is very entertaining. It has convinced us“, Markus Vester continues.

„I´m looking forward to being reunited with all mein DPhJ friends at the youth meeting“, Jonas Vester, member of the Munich youth group, says. Besides this, Jonas would like to present his exhibit `Der Wettlauf zum Mond (orig.: Space Race)´ at the IBRA and is already curious about the opinion of the jury. By the way, there will be a special award ceremony for the youth on the IBRA podium on Sunday, 28th May, organised by the IBRA team.

The IBRA youth meeting is organised by the DPhJ (German Philatelic youth) with support from Förderkreis Junger Briefmarkenfreunde (support group of young stamp collectors). Accommodation is possible in shared rooms in the youth hostel Essen-Werden for 145 Euro for adolescent DPhJ youth members, respectively, 195 Euro for adults.

How to take part? Registration is quick and easy, Markus Vester explains. The registration form, as well as a detailled schedule, you can find on https://www.dphj.de/ibra

IBRA News 14.11.2022 – IBRA 2023: The Countdown is Running

(esc) On the last day of the international FIP exhibition in Capetown, the FIP flag has been passed to the representatives of the BDPh board and the IBRA organising committee. Alfred Schmidt shows himself delighted, saying: «We are looking forward to bringing the world of philately to Germany and to the city of Essen in May 2023. We have planned a great programme. Everybody is cordially invited to come to Essen.»

The countdown clock shows that there were 193 days left on 12th November until the start of IBRA 2023. There is still much to do for the organisational team. Yet, the joy grows every day.

The day before, Alfred Schmidt had been given the Grand Prix Interna tional for his exhibit «Prussia – The first three issues». Having both, the flag and the Grand Prix on board, the journey to Essen is sure to be even more fun now.

Alfred Schmidt, Reinaldo Macedo, and Walter Bernatek presenting the FIP flag.
Alfred Schmidt shines. The Grand Prix International whets the appetite for the next competition in Essen.

IBRA News 24.10.2022 – IBRA 2023: Even bigger – even more diverse!

(wm-pcp) The originally planned number of competition exhibits in frames was 2,800 and the organisers calculated only 2,200 frames internally – due to Corona. But when the registration deadline came, at the end of September 2022, all fears were swept aside: so many exhibits were registered worldwide that 4,300 frames would be needed. Now the IBRA organising team had to find the golden mean between what was desirable and what was possible at all. After careful consideration, it settled on 3,400 frames for exhibits, almost 20 percent more than initially planned. The selection of exhibits has been made and the list has recently been submitted to the FIP, which has to examine it.

Hall 7 of Messe Essen, the so-called IBRA Hall, will therefore be entirely used. Including the hall for the International Stamp Fair, Hall 8, IBRA will offer a space of 12,000 m2 (!), which even optimists would not have expected a year ago. This will now also make it possible to increase the number of study group stands, ten more of which expressed their interest after the closing date for registrations, which means that approximately 65 (!) working groups will be presenting the world of philately.

This diversity is also reflected in the programme of the CPh-FORUM PHILATELIE and on the IBRA stage in the entrance area (trade fair foyer). Renowned experts from numerous countries, as well as connoisseurs and experts from the major sponsors Deutsche Post, the companies Christoph Gärtner and Heinrich Köhler will present currently important (advice) topics of interest to every collector on the IBRA stage. The programmes are expected to be announced by the end of the year. Then the appointment of the jurors from all over the world should also be known.

It will also be cramped in Hall 8, the hall of the International Stamp Fair. A number of postal administrations and trading companies have recently expressed their interest in participating. Deutsche Post alone will be represented with a large stand of 300 m2! Trade fair agent Jan Billion, organiser of this traditional event, sees many good reasons why this fair – despite all political and other difficulties – will even more offer the whole world of philately to visitors.

One thing is clear: this coming IBRA 2023 will be the largest stamp exhibition that has taken place in Europe for a long time. It will thus join the ranks of its predecessors, IBRA 73 in Munich, IBRA 99 in Nuremberg and IBRA 09 in Essen. “Glückauf” – is what they say in the Ruhr region!

IBRA News 14.10.2022 – Exhibit registrations for IBRA 2023 surprisingly high!

(wm-pcp) 30 September 2022 was the deadline for entries of competitive exhibits that philatelists from all over the world would like to show at next year’s International Stamp Exhibition in Essen from 25-28 May 2023.

Already a few days later it was foreseeable that the previously considered maximum number of 2,800 frames for stamp exhibits would be significantly oversubscribed. Commissioner General Walter Bernatek commented on the current state of affairs on 5 October: “The figure of 2,800 had been a dream figure that was in the air. In the meantime, due to the crises in the world, we had even lowered our expectations and only expected maybe 2,200 frame bookings. Now we are completely shocked that 773 philatelists from all over the world have already submitted bookings for 3,800 frames via the 72 country commissioners. But that’s not the end of the line, because new applications are constantly coming in, so we have to calculate with more than 4,000 frames.”

IBRA Team President Alfred Schmidt also announced, however, that the first thing to do now is to check the registrations, and that further new registrations should not be accepted. In view of the significant overbooking, it is also to be expected that not all registrations will be accepted. Another problem is not only the number of frames needed, but also the time for the later necessary set-up, because unfortunately the time frame cannot be extended by one or two days.

Conclusion: These are not easy questions that the IBRA organisational team now has to solve. Overall, however, the result is more than pleasing, almost sensational, and a confirmation for the organiser, the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten, that this IBRA also enjoys high international reputation.

IBRA News 06.10.2022 – Deadline for registration of philatelic literature for IBRA 2023 extended until the end of 2022!

(wm-pcp) 114 literature registrations are currently available for the upcoming World Exhibition. This means that the minimum number estimated and requested months ago has been reached. After consultation with Commissioner General Walter Bernatek, it was decided to extend the deadline for applications for the literature competition class until 31 December 2022, similar to other previous World Expos. This is possible without any problems, as the literature and reading section of IBRA had been generously planned from the outset. A good and informative overview of this can be found on the website https://ibra2023.de/programm/literaturbereich.

Monographs, journals, catalogues, but also digital exhibits such as internet pages and much more can be exhibited. The regulations can be read at https://ibra2023.de/ausstellung/ausstellungsreglement. IBRA 2023 also shows itself to be innovative and collector-oriented in this respect: only a fee of 50 euros is payable per exhibit and only one copy of each printed exhibit is to be submitted. This means that the event now also offers other interested authors and publishers the opportunity to submit works that are currently in the pipeline.

IBRA News 03.10.2022 – A paradise for authors and literature lovers

(wm-AIJP/pcp) It was clear from the very start that for IBRA 2023 a spacious area should be reserved as a reading and literature area. The IBRA team has made for such an area available located in the front entrance to the IBRA hall, just in front of the stairway to the restaurant and the entrance from Hall 7. As much as 150 square metres! There was also consensus that the philatelic libraries should be given a representative area for their stands, as these are always in great demand among visitors. The Philatelic Library in Hamburg as well as the libraries in Wuppertal and Frankfurt have expressed their interest in participating. The organiser expects 100-200 literature exhibits to be displayed on more than 15 shelves. 18 seats at tables offer sufficient opportunity to browse the literature participating in the competition. In addition, there will be a special display of literature in showcases.

Starting from these basic data, Claudia Maassen drew up a first draught of the stand plan, in which all aspects are taken into account. To increase the value of this special area, it will even be carpeted, because visitors should feel comfortable and spend some time here, have conversations and refresh old relationships as well as make new contacts. The literature area is managed and supervised by the AIJP and its General Secretary Rainer von Scharpen and his wife Wiltrud. This team has already done a great job at LONDON 2015 + 2022 as well as Stockholmia 2019. In the plan, the “supervisor” table can be found on the right, and next to it a laptop will eventually be available to view the digital literature. Once again, Claudia Maassen, incidentally also a member of the AIJP, will be in charge of designing the shelves as well as the tables and display cases.

Anyone who knows anything about the trade fair landscape knows that such a large area with several booth set-ups and the equipment described above costs money. And not just a little. The author presented the IBRA team with a precise cost calculation for the project and also succeeded in finding a sponsor whose generous support made this enterprise possible in the first place: the Heinrich Köhler company in Wiesbaden and the Global Philatelic Network. These two companies not only make a good name for themselves as auction houses, but also as publishers with numerous releases every year. One cannot thank them enough for promoting philatelic literature!

IBRA News 29.09.2022 – Chancellor Olaf Scholz takes over patronage for IBRA 2023

Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz (Photo: Federal Government/Thomas Köhler)

(BDPh) Germany´s Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) agrees to take over the patronage of the International Stamp World Exhibition (IBRA) 2023 in Essen, the Federal Chancellery has now informed the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V. in Bonn. “That is very good news, we are pleased about the commitment from Berlin,” says BDPh President Alfred Schmidt.

The IBRA will take place from 25 to 28 May 2023.

In his special address Chancellor Scholz writes: “I am very pleased that, after many years, this beautiful exhibition can take place in Germany again. For that I would like to thank the Bund Deutscher Philatelisten e.V., and the entire organizational team. I wish you and your guests from all over the world successful exhibition days and stimulating conversations during IBRA 2023!”

IBRA News 22.8.2022 – IBRA team met in Bonn on 20/21 September

(wm-pcp) Ten days before the registration deadline, 13 members of the preparation team met for the first time in a long time for a two-day real meeting instead of a Zoom conference. The agenda included 24 topics, but in the end there were a few more.

IBRA Team President Alfred Schmidt (left) and IBRA Head of Organisation Wolfgang Maassen. Both saw good reason to smile. Photo: Reinhard Küchler

The smaller working groups presented the progress they had made so far, while the larger group dealt with issues such as finances, rooms and their use, possibilities for expansion, e.g. for study groups, the upcoming PR planning, the printed matter programme, but also the special shows, treasury, catering and much more.

“We are well on time and on track,” confirmed BDPh and Team President Alfred Schmidt, and Event Director Jan Billion was pleased with a decision that admission to IBRA 2023 will be free. “This is of great importance, especially at this time, because inflation and cost explosions, not only in the field of energy, are already hammering people enough,” he said.

Everyone was of the opinion that everything must be done to offer many people the opportunity to visit this world exhibition despite all imponderables such as the Corona pandemic or the Ukraine war. IBRA Head of Organisation Wolfgang Maassen summed up the outcome of this first meeting as follows: “It is far more fruitful to have met face to face once again and we made very good use of the time.”

The participants of the IBRA team meeting in Bonn. Photo: Wolfgang Maassen

IBRA News 22.8.2022 – Youth painting competition

(Dittmar Wöhlert) Die The German Philatelic Youth, the federal association of young stamp enthusiasts, is organising a painting competition as part of the World Stamp Exhibition IBRA 2023 (from 25 to 28 May at Messe Essen). The theme of the painting competition is “My World”.

“We invite all children to take part in the painting competition,” explains Heinz Wenz, Chairman of the German Philatelic Youth. They can paint their own world over the template; this can be something from their own hobbies, a motif from their town, family, school or circle of friends. “It is about a motif that moves the participants and is from ‘their world’,” as Heinz Wenz describes the painting competition.

All primary school children can take part in the painting competition. Of course, whole school classes and entire schools can take part in the competition. Attractive cash prizes await the young participants.

The best designs will be exhibited during IBRA and produced exclusively as individual stamps. Cash prizes will also be awarded to the most successful participants at an awards ceremony on Friday (26 May 2023) at 11 am. 3rd place will receive a cash prize of €50, 2nd place €100 and 1st place €150. In addition, the school class with the most entries will receive a cash prize of €200 for the class treasury. The school with the most designs will receive € 500.

Entry forms can be downloaded here. The deadline for entries is 31 January 2023.

IBRA Update 1.8.22: New design and worth seeing – the IBRA homepage www.ibra2023.de

(wm-pcp) Even the welcome page is strikingly different from the previous one. Instead of a static Bordeaux-Mauritius letter, one is now greeted by alternating pictures and short texts on the special shows of next year’s IBRA. Clearly arranged and almost tidy, the eyes wander below on essential focal points, some of which are already described now, but will then be filled with progress of the preparations: News, List of Exhibitors, Shop, Special Shows, Programme, International Stamp Fair. Now there is also the possibility (see “News”) to subscribe to a newsletter (see “Subscription to mailing list”), which is highly recommended, as up-to-date news will certainly be expected more frequently in the last months before the event.

The “special shows” mentioned are already to be found here: “Jewels of German Philately”, “100 Years of Inflation”, “German-American Salon”. In the first one everyone interested can exhibit his most beautiful or valuable piece on a sheet, which will later also be documented in a special book. That way, anyone can be an exhibitor at IBRA 2023. The detailed conditions can be found at https://ibra2023.de/juwelen/.

Yet, this is not all: you should also take a look at the other three items  under the heading “Special Shows”. The BDPh “Philately Centre” (ZENTRUM PHILATELIE) of the associations, will present a special show in 15 showcases around the theme “From the first collectors, dealers, clubs, associations, exhibitions until today”, which will have a lot on display (e.g. a letter of the verifiably first German collector). On approx. 120 exhibition sheets, one can see rarities and curiosities as well as highlights of German (association and club) philately of the last 150 years. Even the stand plan of the “Zentrum Philatelie” of the associations can already be looked at. In addition to the BDPh stand, there will also be the “IBRA stand” where visitors can purchase catalogues and books as well as commemorative covers and stamps.

Even the literature area shines, providing a small showcase display of old rare stamp albums from the 19th century and the more than 50 study groups guarantee a high-class information offer.

One thing is certain even now: the IBRA 2023 organising team is busy preparing further projects. The current German homepage will be translated into English in the coming weeks, so that this language version will also be available to all philatelists abroad from September. The registration deadlines for exhibitors are currently running until the end of September, and it is important not to forget this. BDPh exhibitors can send the completed application form to the National Commissioner, Frank Blechschmidt. Email BDPh.Kommissar@IBRA2023.de; all exhibitors from other countries please send their registration to the respective country commissioners.

IBRA News of 26 July 2022: Great demand for working groups and a new Gold Sponsor

(wm-pcp) As Günther Korn announced at an IBRA PP presentation on 23 July 2022 in Bonn, the space available at IBRA to be allocated to study groups is almost completely booked up. “In the last few weeks, another 20 bookings, some of them for large stands of the study groups, have been added, so that we have now reached the figure of 50. We had hoped for this considerable number, but did not really expect it,” Korn emphasised. However, he left open the possibility of even more, in case more working and research communities come forward. “We still have capacities, but this space is not directly visible because it is behind the exhibition frames. We’ll see if something else can be done there.”

Korn’s presentation was an important piece of information for the participants in Bonn, especially as he once again referred to the registration deadlines that expire at the end of September and the need for early hotel bookings. And, he had a surprise in store: Dr Heinz Jaeger, the 98-year-old Honorary President of the BDPh and the Consilium Philatelicum, has agreed to support IBRA 2023 as a Gold Sponsor. If this isn´t a sign!

IBRA News 3.7.2022 – Support for club trips

(wm-pcp) This support for interested clubs was already considered three years ago, and has now been reactivated by the BDPh board. According to Walter Bernatek, treasurer of the BDPh and IBRA: “It is important to the entire IBRA team to develop this event into a place of encounter for stamp collectors in Germany with the international exhibition competition, the exciting special shows, the lectures of the IBRA Academy and, last but not least, the trade fair part with a large trade offer as well as the large stand of Deutsche Post as the centre of attention. Together with clubs and their members, we would like to promote our wonderful hobby in Essen and together we will show the social opportunities it offers for young and old alike.”

Bernatek does not leave it at nice words. Thanks to a budget of 10,000 euros from the Foundation for the Promotion of Philately and Postal History, he announced that clubs travelling together by bus or train would receive a maximum subsidy of 100 euros per club for distances up to 250 kilometres, 200 euros for distances over 250 kilometres and even 300 euros for distances over 500 kilometres. This should be a noticeable and welcome reduction in costs for many planning a club trip in 2023.

Several clubs have already registered and for everyone else it is“first come, first served”! Because at some point, even this “club pot” of IBRA 2023 will be exhausted. Interested clubs should therefore register early with Walter Bernatek so that they can take advantage of their membership of the BDPh. Walter Bernatek will then immediately send them the registration forms and further information.

IBRA News 28.06.2022 – IBRA 2023 in Essen: Helpers wanted!

(Thomas Höpfner) IBRA 2023 will take place in Essen from 25 to 28 May – that’s still a long time away. Nevertheless, we have already started planning the personnel requirements. There are many places where help or even personal presence is needed. Above all, inserting and dismantling the exhibits is a “huge task” considering the 2,800 frames that IBRA will show.

And this is where you come in: register as a helper by email at Helfer@ibra2023.de and let us know when you are available and what task(s) you are interested in. We have listed the areas of work with working times and task descriptions for you:


Period Work area Task description
22.5.23 Frame erection, Supervision of frame erection according to
hall plan, recording of damage cases
23-24.5.23 Inserting exhibits, key service
25-28.5.23 Stand service, support of the IBRA team, e.g. BDPh stand, sales stand for IBRA catalogue and covers, e.g. support of the commissioners, assistance Forum for Philately
28-29.5.23 Dismantling exhibits, key service
30.5.23 Supervising the dismantling of frames, recording of damage


If you sign up as a helper, we will first register you and confirm this by email. Towards the end of this year, we will begin to assign all helpers to their respective areas of responsibility. At that time, the IBRA team member responsible for the respective area will contact you. Before that, you can of course ask questions or request further information.

You are welcome to inform yourself about IBRA on our homepage www.ibra2023.de – there you will also find the call for helpers as well as any further news about the helpers.

Thomas Höpfner, IBRA Team

IBRA News 26.6.2022 – IBRA 2023 in Essen: The APHV joins in!

(wm-pcp) At the APHV General Meeting on 18 June 2022 in Bonn, President Wolfgang Lang introduced IBRA and already outlined the support that the dealers’ association intends to give to the World Fair in Essen with advertising and reporting in the APHV magazine and in its newsletters, with invitations to its members to participate, but also with direct promotion of the very area that is of particular importance for the trade as well as for philately as a whole in Germany: the youth sector. He also called for cooperation between the accessory publishers and IBRA 2023, because only together we can achieve greater things in times that are not easy.

The APHV will not have its own stand at the exhibition or trade fair this time, but will have a joint stand with the Bundesverband Deutscher Briefmarken-Versteigerer (BDB) in the “Zentrum Philatelie” “Philately Centre”. This follows the wise insight that, on the one hand, almost all APHV board members are represented with their own stands in the area of the International Stamp Fair, but a singular “distribution stand” would not do justice to the APHV’s concern either. The customary assessment (“valuation”) of the collections brought by visitors can be carried out both at the BPP stand (in the exhibition hall) and by the advisory team in the “Philately Centre”; not to mention the numerous specialist dealers in the exhibition. The advantage for the APHV is that it can use its resources for the benefit of the future of philately.

You can see that: The associations, especially the BDB and the APHV, are working well together and the coming months will show how productive this can be for a world exhibition.

IBRA News 23.6.2022 – Contact point for all participants – the “PHILATELY CENTRE” (ZENTRUM PHILATELIE)

(wm-pcp) As the name indicates, the “Zentrum Philatelie”, well known from all previous major fairs and many exhibitions, has always been the presence of the BDPh and the associations cooperating with it. This centre is, of course, also planned for next year’s IBRA 2023. Thanks to a concept and initial design drawing, planned details are now already foreseeable.

The “Philately Centre” will be located directly next to the spacious reading and literature area of IBRA 2023 behind the passage from Hall 8 (Hall of Trade) to Hall 7, precisely between two shorter staircases leading to the trade fair´s restaurant. Before refreshing themselves there, So everyone can take a short break and see what the associations have to offer. And that’s no small feat! For example, the exhibition catalogue as well as commemorative printed matter (postcards, envelopes, individual stamps, etc.) are available at the IBRA stand. At the front BDPh stand you can talk to the management of the association, of course you can also buy the “philatelie” as well as the BDPh book “75 Years BDPh” (2021) or other publications that are currently being prepared. The DPhJ presents the “Young Collector (Junge Sammler)” and its website, the Federal Association of German Stamp Auctioneers its free comprehensive brochure (BDB Journal) on the subject of “Auctions” with valuable tips for consignors and buyers. The stand on the right is an advisory stand of the BDPh where representatives of the “Advice Centre for Collector Protection and Counterfeit Detection” are ready with advice and assistance on counterfeit detection and more.

Wasn´t there something else? Yes, a first-ever and unique exhibition of rarities in 15 showcases on the theme “From the first collectors, dealers, clubs, associations and exhibitions to the present day”, with a lot to see (e.g. a letter from the first proven German collector). On 90 exhibition sheets you can let rarities and curiosities, but also highlights of German (association and club) philately of the last 150 and more years pass by. Look and enjoy – it’s worth it!

IBRA News 12.6.2022 – Competition exhibition, participation of ArGen, special shows

(Eric Scherer) In the meantime, the IBRA organising committee is working at full speed and the programme is gaining in shape more and more. Just take a look at the IBRA homepage. There are changes almost every week.

Here are the most important topics:

Competition exhibition:

The registration deadline is not until the end of September 2022, but according to the motto “the sooner the better”, the OC is already looking forward to receiving registrations. For all exhibitors who have not yet qualified, Naposta Online still offers a unique opportunity here.

Participation of ArGen:

As always at the stamp fairs in Essen, Sindelfingen and Ulm, IBRA offers the possibility for ArGen to present themselves at tables. The tables are provided for a handling fee of EUR 150 and are heavily subsidised. There is still enough space to register.

Special shows:

Special shows give every competition exhibition a special glance once again.

Several special shows are planned for IBRA. Among others, there will be a “Philatelic Treasure Trove”, where unique pieces from all over the world will be on display. The special show “100 Years of High Inflation” will present a topic that has made philately in Germany unique to this day. There will also be a “German-American Salon”.

Youth programme:

In cooperation with the DPhJ there are numerous youth activities. These have already been presented separately in this thread.

Support programme:

An exhibition like this is unfortunately a deficit programme. That is why IBRA needs sponsors. The sponsorship programme starts with small amounts so that everyone can participate.

IBRA News 2023 01.06.2022 – Download centre provides advertisements

(Eric Scherer) IBRA 2023 is an event for all philatelists. Its success is important for the entire philatelic community. This also makes advertising increasingly important.

Print an advertisement for IBRA in your club news, newsletters or ArGe circulars.

You can find advertisements in various formats here.

Send us (BDPh office) a specimen copy or simply take a photo for us and we will mention your club, ArGe or organisation in the exhibition catalogue and thank you for your support.

(mails to info@ibra2023.de).

IBRA News 22.5.22 – The youth meet at IBRA 2023

(Deutsche Philatelisten-Jugend e. V.) Within the framework of IBRA 2023 in Essen, the German Philatelic Youth will hold a youth meeting from 26 to 29 May 2023 (Whit Monday). All young stamp enthusiasts from Germany and all over the world are cordially invited to attend.

Participants will have the opportunity to slip into the role of a miner at the UNESCO World Heritage Zollverein during the “Colliery Shift” in the “Join-in Colliery”. In the renovated wagon circuit of the 1/2/8 shaft, the young stamp enthusiasts will experience how the miners used to work at the colliery in the original setting.

13 stations seek teamwork, with everyone lending a hand. With all their senses, children and adults alike experience how hard the work used to be and learn that when the team works well together, no task is too difficult.

Another highlight planned is an excursion to Dortmund. And what comes to mind when you think of Dortmund and the Ruhr area? Of course: football!

On a guided tour of the German Football Museum, around 1,600 exhibits and a total of 25 hours of film material can be discovered on the interactive and multimedia tour. The 3D cinema, the treasure chamber with the most important trophies, a reporter’s booth and much more will make fan hearts beat faster. The exhibition experience ends with active recreation at the arena game modules in the museum basement.

At the IBRA party on Saturday evening, people will then party together. In addition, there will be plenty of time to visit the exhibition and the IBRA youth area. Who will win the most lots at the IBRA auction?

Overnight accommodation will be in shared rooms at the youth hostel in Essen-Werden. The cost of accommodation in a shared room with breakfast and dinner is 185 € for children and 195 € for adults (including 35 € for the social programme and transfer). Double and single rooms can be booked for an extra charge on request.

Registrations – also for the social programme only – are possible from now until 31 January 2023. A registration form can be downloaded here on the DPhJ homepage.