(wm) Prague traditionally is the venue where the PRAGA world stamp exhibitions take place. The history of this tradition started in 1938, when Czechoslovak collectors organized the first PRAGA exhibition; later there were similar events in 1955, 1962, 1968, 1978, 1988, 1998, and 2008. The PRAGA exhibitions are always excellent events, thanks not only to the splendid exhibits and the participation of the world’s leading stamp collectors, but also thanks to the large number of visitors that the PRAGA events attract.
The next edition of the event is approaching rapidly. PRAGA 2018 will be conducted under the patronage of the World Philatelic Federation (FIP) and under the auspices of the European Philatelic Federation (FEPA). The main organizer is the Union of Czech Philatelists. The exhibition will be open for qualified exhibits in the following classes: traditional, postal history, philatelic literature, open class, one-frame class and modern philately classes. The main goal of the exhibition is to create an event that will introduce the most outstanding stamp exhibits to visitors from all over the world. The aim is to create an event that is interesting event for both the philatelic and the general public.
There are many reasons to organize the PRAGA event in the year 2018: the 100th anniversary of the creation of Czechoslovakia; the appearance of Czechoslovakia’s first postal stationery in 1918; the establishment of the Prague Postal Museum in the same year and the fact that the first Czechoslovakian postage stamps, designed by the famous painter Alfons Mucha, came out (18 December 1918). The Czech Republic will also be celebrating its 25th anniversary, since it was created on the first of January 1993. Finally, in the year 2018 it will be exactly a century ago that the First World War ended.
PRAGA 2018 will be held from 15 until 18 August 2018, in the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague (address: Freyova 33, Prague 9; see also www.clarioncongresshotelprague.com).
There will be a separate stamp dealer bourse in the Tri Star Hotel (address: U Sluncove 14, Prague 8; see also www.olympik.cz/cz/artemis/). The exhibition and the bourse are only seven minutes apart; both are accessible by car or by the underground metro line B (Invalidovna Station).
The philatelic literature class will be hosted by the Prague Postal Museum (address: Nove Mlyny 2, Prague 1; see also www.postovnimuzeum.cz/). http://www.postovnimuzeum.cz). You can reach the museum by taking the underground metro line B (Namesti Republiky Station).
The latest information about PRAGA 2018 will be available on the website www.praga2018.cz. You can also make use of the main social media, like Facebook and Twitter.
The Hradčany Castle, as depicted on the first Czechoslovakian postage stamps. Behind the castle the sun rises; a symbolical interpretation of the birth of a new country.