The International Philatelic Exhibition BALKANFILA XIX will be held in Belgrade from October 12 to 14, 2023, organized by the Union of Philatelists of Serbia and under the honorary patronage of the President of the Republic of Serbia. This, so far, the largest exhibition of philately in Serbia and the region is organized with the help and support of PE Post of Serbia, and will gather philatelic exhibitors from 12 countries, as well as guests and visitors from many countries of Europe and the world.
The first BALKANFILA International Philatelic Exhibition was held in Sofia in 1965, and was organized on the initiative of the philatelic societies of the Balkan countries, which realised that organising such a philatelic exhibition is an opportunity to promote philately, facilitate the exchange of experiences and improve cooperation between the philatelic societies of the Balkan countries. In the period from 1965 until 2016, a total of 18 philatelic exhibitions of the Balkan philatelists were held, and our country was the host twice – in Belgrade in 1977 (BALKANFILA VI) and in Novi Sad in 1987 (BALKAFILA XI).
At this year’s event BALKANFILA XIX, the traditional mission which is to strengthen and develop cooperation and friendship between philatelists of the countries of the Balkan region, philatelists from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Hungary, Montenegro, North Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia and Turkey announced their participation. In 11 competition classes, more than 150 exhibits will be displayed, and together with the honorary exhibitors, around 600 display cases with philatelic exhibits will be presented to visitors in the space of the Central Military Club in Belgrade.
Authors of the Balkanfila XIX sign on the stamp, vignette and envelope: Jasmina Čabarkapa and Milica Jovanović
Graphic realization of the issue: MA Marija Vlahović, academic graphic artist