25 November 2013

Madrid Pen Show 2013

The Tenth Madrid Pen Show was celebrated about a week ago (November 15th to 17th). It was an exciting event with thousands of pens, and hundreds of visitors and tens of traders…

For the first time in its 10-year history, the number of visitors surpassed the figure of 1000. The number of pen traders, though, was smaller than on year 2012 with just over 40 of them, coming from Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, UK, USA, Switzerland, and Spain. But those figures are enough to make this event one of the leading pen shows in Europe.

That about the commercial aspect of the show. The social part was very active too. After all, the pen show is the big party of pen stylophiles in Spain, and meeting all those brothers in pens becomes as important as finding and buying that rare tool. But the vast majority of visitors were Spanish –the exceptions being German, Japanese, Mexican and Portuguese— and attracting foreign customers might be the next challenge for organizers in the years to come.

The third leg of any event like this should be the didactic one. A pen show is a great opportunity to organize workshops and seminars on all things fountain pen—from history notes to calligraphy training to fixing procedures. Attracting younger generations –potential users and collectors— is also an investment for the future. However, these activities are totally ignored during this pen show. I should add, however, that some traders in Madrid organize a monthly encounter –the Tertulias of Amigos de las Estilográficas (their website is far from being updated, although the events are celebrated)— where the didactic side of pen collecting is covered. The paradox is that the November meeting was not celebrated because of the Pen Show.

But the best summary of the Madrid Pen Show might be the following video. The author, José Riofrío, has captured the pleasant atmosphere of both the commercial and the social dimensions of the show, including the dinner of a large group of stylophiles.

These events are easily overwhelming, but also very pleasant.

My thanks to Mr. José Riofrío.

Pilot FCN-500R-B – Pilot Iroshizuku Tsuyu-Kusa

Bruno Taut
Madrid, November 24th, 2013
etiquetas: evento, estilofilia, mercado


anele said...

mira que disfrutas tú con estas cosas... como un niño chico. Lo cierto es que este tipo de ferias son muy atractivas para los que tenemos alguna afición. Y uno se pasa tooodo el año esperando con ansia que llegue la siguiente.
A ver si nos vemos un día de estos :)

berfene said...

Tanto lo esperas, que al final cunado llega la fecha, por H o por B no puedes asistir, Maravilloso reportaje. Me he sentido como si realmente hubiera ido. Gracias ^^

Mi blog:

Bruno Taut said...

Gracias a mabos por los comentarios.

Anele: nos veremos pronto.

Bernabé: por una vez, la Feria de Madrid tiene las fechas marcadas con años de anticipación. Planear la visita es, por consiguiente, relativamente sencillo. No es como tantos otros acontecimientos en España, cuyas fechas se deciden casi de sopetón.

Gracias por el esfuerzo de escribir un comentario.


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