Expominer 2005 - Barcelona

Expominer 2005

Expominer 2005

Expominer 2005

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Barcelona is the city where I was born and where I still live and work. So it is no surprise that I speak so highly of both the city and Expominer, the mineral show that is held each year in the Montjuic convention center, Barcelona. Like many other people who visit the Barcelona each year, I think that it is a beautiful, pleasant and appealing city that deserves a visit, either to see this show or to get to know the city.

Expominer is held every November and has steadily got better and better. It started many years ago in one of the first halls of the exhibition center and was then moved to a rather unpleasant metal hanger. Then three years ago, mainly due to its popularity, we were moved into one of the more 'noble' pavilions - Palacio 5. During the last two years we did even better as the importance of the show meant that we got one of the very best pavilions - Palacio 6, which is large, spacious, functional, and at the same time very beautiful and just opposite the famous 'Font Màgica' (magical fountain). A really wonderful magical location!

On top of the increase in worldwide dealers there was also a significant increase in the number of visitors, so, while the mineral collecting hobby in Spain is still not that significant, we believe that Expominer has become an important mineral show with many international dealers and a good selection of minerals. As the heirs of the great collector from Barcelona, Joaquín Folch i Girona, we have managed to create in Catalonia and Spain a significant interest in minerals and we hope that in the near future the show will become an important one at European level.

All I have to do now is thank all those who have, year after year, helped make the show a success and wish that future Expominer shows are even better than this year's.

We believe that if you have the chance to join us next year at Expominer 2006 you will find that neither the show nor the city will disappoint you.


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This year we felt that Expominer has really grown up and that it now has the features typical of a major show. As you can see in the photos, dealers from across the world come to Expominer and give it a cosmopolitan feel, which makes it even more appealing for the ever increasing numbers of Spanish and international visitors.

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The show is not only of interest to mineral collectors, but also to other people interested in 'rocks', as shown by the popular gold panning demonstration and the other stands. This year there was one with lots of information on meteorites, as you can see in the right hand shot of the show.


We used to know Expominer as basically a chance for friends to get together, but it is now also becoming a major show. We hope that the minerals protect this and that it continues to grow without losing the friendly atmosphere that it has always had!

Expominer 2005 A reveure...

 
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