Events and Workshops

Opening ceremony

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When?

14. May 2025, 9.15 h 

Where?

Hall 3.1 

What?

To inaugurate the exhibition, an opening ceremony will be held in Hall 3.1 (entrance area). Further details will follow in due course.  

Aperitif sponsored by the Bern Philatelic Society.

Royal Philatelic Collection

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When?

14 - 17. May 2025

Where?

Hall 3.0 

What?

Under the motto "Royal Philatelic Collection meets Switzerland", we are delighted to be able to present part of an iconic stamp collection from The King’s personal Philatelic Collection at the Bernaba.

Thanks to our main sponsor, Corinphila, His Majesty King Charles III, the British Monarch, has agreed that part of his legendary personal stamp collection may be presented at the Bernaba. This is a great honour for Bern, for philately and for Switzerland. This is the first time that permission has been given by His Majesty for His Royal Philatelic Collection to be shown in Switzerland. A magnet for the public and certainly a unique opportunity to discover and admire precious treasures from the Royal Philatelic Collection in Bern. 


Partially sponsored by: Erich Bärtschi

Calligraphy

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When?

14 - 17. May 2025

Where?

Hall 3.0 

What?

To send a letter, it must be accompanied by a message. Nowadays, personal handwriting is being lost in the digital world. The calligraphy station gives visitors the chance to discover and experiment with writing in days gone by, using the writing utensils of the time.
 
Workshop station by: Fritz Tschanz, Signau

Lithography

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When?

14 - 17. May 2025

Where?

Hall 3.0

What?

Switzerland's first postage stamp was not only produced using the lithography process, but also its first federal stamp. At this workshop, visitors can get their hands dirty and find out more about this ancient printing method.
 
Workshop post by: www.dwsp.ch

Sponsored by: GVB Cultural Foundation 

Papermaking

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When?

14 - 17. May 2025

Where?

Hall 3.0

What?

Until the 19th century, paper was made exclusively by hand, before paper production became increasingly industrialised. This high-quality paper was mainly used for lithographic printing. During this workshop, visitors will be able to see how paper was produced in those days and make their own.
 
Workshop post by: www.printage.ch

Sponsored by: Merkurdruck 

Post Coach

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When?

14 - 17. May 2025

Where?

In front of the BernExpo site

What?

A piece of cultural heritage finds its way back to its homeland after a hundred years. The Schangnau postal coach is a two-horse vehicle that could tell many stories. Between 1904 and 1925, it carried mail, passengers and the classic "Kemmeriboden Merängge" between Wiggen and Kemmeriboden. Now, it will run for four hours a day on the BERNABA'25 outdoor site and will be available to the public for rides.
 
To find out more about the Post coach: www.postkutsche-schangnau.ch

Sponsored by: KPT 

Palmarès

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When?

16. May 2025, 19.00 h 

Where?

BernExpo plenary hall 

What?

The traditional prize-giving ceremony will bring the event to a close. There is room for 420 guests. Tickets can be booked at [email protected] for CHF 175. 
Details of the event will follow in due course.

Aperitif sponsored by: Corinphila Auktionen AG