Bilbao 2004

Fosminer 2004

Bilbao Exhibition Centre (Barakaldo)

(BEC)

Fosminer 2004


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Fosminer is the longest running show in Spain, and it is the meeting point for all the collectors who live in the north of Spain. This region was a major supplier of widely recognized classic mineral specimens: Dolomite from Eugui, Sphalerite from the Picos de Europa, Fluorite from La Collada, Berbes, the Villabona district, Emilio mine, Jaimina mine... Nowadays, while almost all these famous localities produce very few new specimens, the past activities mean that many people from the north got involved in collecting minerals and have now formed a large group of enthusiastic collectors. They always await the annual show in Bilbao as, for them, it is the biggest 'rock' show of the year.

The show was always held in the old convention hall in the center of Bilbao. Since the convention hall was remodeled and moved to Barakaldo, which is just outside the city, we have lost some of the atmosphere of the old shows. But we have gained a far better space for the displays and visitors, as well as the chance of further expansion.

The new center is called the BEC (Bilbao exhibition centre) and it is modern and functional. This year, while it was not fully ready and the show was held in a temporary area, you can still see that it was a superb location. The next show will be held from the 14 to 16 October 2005. A visit is well worthwhile.



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The two photos above show the general area near the BEC, which has a distinctive tower (not yet finished) that you can see in the right hand photo.
The two photos below show the area where we held the show, which while still a not finished do let you see the quality of the final BEC.

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Visitors to the show, our stand and one of the many activities the enthusiastic organizers arrange each year.
One has to point out, in the right hand photo, the well-known collector from Barcelona, Jordi Gil, who seems to have grown some form of strange objects on his head. Jordi, what on earth did your minerals get up to while you were in Bilbao? Did they upset other collectors...?

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While it was still not finished, the BEC has been well designed with lots of hints of the past history of the area, which are very closely related to iron mining. The mosaics on the walls try to show some of this glorious history. Talking of glory the show must thank the many people that put effort into offering prizes to the exhibitors and other groups. In the right hand photo you can see the room where we met to hand out the prizes, the prizes themselves and the helpers who gave them out.

Abur...





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