Bonsai Conventions, Symposia, Demo/Workshops, & Exhibitions, Part VI
THE  CONVENTIONS,  SYMPOSIA,  DEMOS,  WORKSHOPS,  &   EXHIBITIONS,   PART VI


Last Updated: April 14, 2014


The following is a partial listing of known recurring conventions and exhibitions.

AFRICAN  BONSAI  CONVENTION   (ABC)
AMERICAN  BONSAI  SOCIETY   (ABS)
ASIA-PACIFIC BONSAI  &  SUISEKI  EXHIBITION  and  CONVENTION  (ASPAC)
ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIAN BONSAI CLUBS LTD.   (AABC Ltd)
ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH BONSAI ARTISTS   (ABBA)
BEST  OF  BRITISH  BONSAI   (BoBB)
BONSAI  ASSOCIATION  OF  BELGIUM  NOELANDERS  TROPHY   (BABNT)
BONSAI  CLUBS  INTERNATIONAL   (BCI)
BONSAI  SLOVAKIA  INTERNATIONAL  BONSAI , SUISEKI  and  TEA  EXHIBITION   (BSIBSTCE)
BONSAI  SOCIETIES  OF  FLORIDA   (BSF)
BONSAIAUTUMN   (BA)
BRUSSELS  BONSAI  RENDEZVOUS   (BBR)
CAROLINA  BONSAI  EXPO   (CBE)
CHINESE  NATIONAL  PENJING  CONVENTION  and  EXHIBITION   (CNPCE)
CRESPI  CUP   (CRESPI)
EUROPEAN  BONSAI  ASSOCIATION   (EBA)
FEDERATION  of  BRITISH  BONSAI  SOCIETIES   (FoBBS)
FEDERATION  LATINO  AMERICANA  de  BONSAI   (FELAB)
GOLDEN  STATE  BONSAI  FEDERATION   (GSBF)
INTERNATIONAL  BONSAI  ARBORETUM   (IBA)
INTERNATIONAL  STONE  APPRECIATION  SYMPOSIUM   (ISAS)
INTERNATIONAL  STONE  COLLECTION  ASSOCIATION   (ISCA)
KOREAN  BONSAI  ASSOCIATION  (Korean  Bonsai  Growers  Cooperative)   (KBA)
MALAYSIA  BONSAI  AND  SUISEKI  EXHIBITION  and  COMPETITION   (MBSEC)
MID-AMERICA  BONSAI  ALLIANCE   (MABA)
MID-AMERICA  BONSAI  SHOW   (MABE)
MIDATLANTIC  BONSAI  SOCIETIES   (MABS)
PACIFIC  NORTHWEST  BONSAI  ASSOCIATION   (PNBCA)
PHILIPPINE  BONSAI  SOCIETY  INC.  OPEN  EXHIBITION  and  COMPETITION   (PBSI)
SAKKA  TEN INTERNATIONAL  NIPPON  BONSAI  SAKKA  KYOOKAI  EUROPE   (NBSKE)
SOUTH  AFRICAN  BONSAI  CONVENTION   (SABC)
TAIWAN  BONSAI  CREATOR  ASSOCIATION   (TBCA)
TAIWAN  NATIONAL  BONSAI  STYLE  EXHIBITION  and  COMPETITION   (HWA FONG)
UNIONE  BONSAISTI  ITALIANI  CONGRESS   (UBI)
U.  S.  NATIONAL  BONSAI  EXHIBITION   (USNBA)
WORLD  BONSAI  FRIENDSHIP  FEDERATION   (WBFF)


ELEVEN  BEST  JAPANESE  BONSAI  EXHIBITS

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PHILIPPINE  BONSAI  SOCIETY  INC.  OPEN  EXHIBITION  and  COMPETITION   (PBSI)

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
2004


2005 May 19 - 24 Mandaluyong City
2nd Open

2006 June 1 - 8 Mandaluyong City
3rd Open

2007 Oct. 12 - 21 Quezon City
4th Open
Wu Shan Chang (Taiwan), Yang Kuo Yin (Taiwan); Mike Morden, Mrs. Fely S. Gupit, Yumie S. Gupit, Oding Reyes
2008 May 3 - 11 Quezon City
5th Open
Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Tang Kim Hong (Taiwan), Tzen Chin Yi (Taiwan); Raymond Cordero, Dr. Emer Cruz, Erwin Miranda, Fely Gupit, Mike Morden, Joel Embuscado, Glenn Gasid, Romy Dino
2009

6th Open

2010

7th Open

2011

8th Open

2012



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SAKKA  TEN
INTERNATIONAL  NIPPON  BONSAI  SAKKA  KYOOKAI  EUROPE   (NBSKE)

.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
2002 November Abano Terme (PD), Italy
56 samples of bonsai and suiseki from all over Europe; Tomio Yamada, Susumu Sudo, and Hideo Suzuki; Professor Giangiorgio Pasqualotto.
2003
none



2004 November Wiesloch, Germany
2nd edition
exhibition of 46 bonsai and suiseki samples; Hideo Suzuki, Chiharu Imai, Hisaaki Nogami, Tomio Yamada.
2005
none



2006
none



2007
none



2008 Nov. 14 - 16 Bressanone, Italy
3rd edition
33 exhibitors from various European nations; Kunio Kobayashi; Professor Aldo Tollini.
2009
none



2010 Nov. 12 - 15 Padua, Italy
4th edition
44 exhibitors from different European nations; Kunio Kobayashi (Japan); Paolo Rigotti, Mario Sandri, Xavier Redon Peinado e Adriano Nalon, Paolo Giai, Lorenzo Agnoletti, Bruno Mazza, Edoardo Rossi, Hartmuth Münchenbach, and Nicola Crivelli; Mirko Storari, Professor Giangiorgio Pasqualotto, Professor Aldo Tollini, Fabio Smolari, and Edoardo Rossi.
2011
none



2012 Nov. 2 - 5 Peñiscola, Spain
5th edition
Chiharu Imai, Tomio Yamada, Edoardo Rossi, D. Fidel Vives, Professor Aldo Tollini, and Professor D. Angel Chamorro.
2013
none



2014 Nov. 7 - 9 Fiesole, Florence, Italy
6th edition

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SOUTH  AFRICAN  BONSAI  CONVENTION   (SABC)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
1980 December Cape Town
1st Convention
3-days, 90 x 80' exhibit hall for about 500 bonsai, commercial hall for 14 different vendors; Charles Ceronio
1981



1982



1983 Oct. 16 - 18 Durban
3rd Convention

1984 Oct. 10 - 14 Johannesburg
1st International Convention
"Bonsai -- Beauty and Harmony"
John Naka and Shigeo Katō
1985



1986



1987



1988



1989



1990



1991



1992



1993



1994



1995



1996


Craig Coussins
1997



1998



1999



2000



2001



2002



2003



2004



2005



2006



2007 Sept.


2008



2009 Sept. 24 - 27 Pretoria "Bonsai: Excellence in Africa" Farrand Bloch (Holland), Václav Novák (Czech Republic)
2010



2011



2012



2013 Oct. 24 - 27 Johannesburg
Rob Kempinski (BCI Chairman, USA), Michael Hagedorn (USA), Walter Pall (Germany)

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TAIWAN  BONSAI  CREATOR  ASSOCIATION   (CHWA FONG)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
1998 June
1st Annual Exhibition

1999 June
2nd Annual Exhibition

2000 June
3rd Annual Exhibition

2001 June
4th Annual Exhibition

2002 June
5th Annual Exhibition

2003 June
6th Annual Exhibition

2004 June
7th Annual Exhibition

2005 June
8th Annual Exhibition

2006 June
9th Annual Exhibition

2007 June
10th Annual Exhibition

2008 July 5 - 7

11th Annual Exhibition

2009 Oct. 31 - Nov. 2 Chung Hwa, Taiwan
12th Annual Exhibition
Some 500 selected bonsai and 300 suiseki were exhibited by the Taiwan Pine Association, Hwa Fong (National Bonsai Association of Taiwan) and the Taiwan Bonsai Creators to commemorate the 10th Asia-Pacific Bonsai & Suiseki Exhibition and Convention; Shinji Suzuki (Japan, demo), Chien Liang Chen (Taiwan, demo), William N. Valavanis (USA, demo), Pedro J. Morales (Puerto Rico, demo), Arishige Mastuura (Japan, lecture: suiseki), Qing Qung Zhao (China, demo), David Benavente (Spain, demo), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia, demo), Salvatore Liporace (Italy, demo), Chung Hong Lee (Taiwan, demo), Yu Chuan Chou (Taiwan, demo), Lindsay Bebb (Australia, demo), Yi Long Chan (Taiwan, demo), and Kuo An Lee (Taiwan, demo).
2010 June
13th Annual Exhibition

2011

14th Annual Exhibition

2012



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TAIWAN  NATIONAL  BONSAI  STYLE  EXHIBITION  and  COMPETITION   (HWA FONG)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
1995 November
1st Annual Exhibition

1996 November
2nd Annual Exhibition

1997 November
3rd Annual Exhibition

1998 November
4th Annual Exhibition

1999 November
5th Annual Exhibition

2000 November
6th Annual Exhibition

2001 November
7th Annual Exhibition

2002 November
8th Annual Exhibition

2003 November
9th Annual Exhibition

2004 November
10th Annual Exhibition

2005 November
11th Annual Exhibition

2006 November
12th Annual Exhibition

2007 November
13th Annual Exhibition

2008 November

14th Annual Exhibition

2009 November

15th Annual Exhibition

2010 November

16th Annual Exhibition

2011 November

17th Annual Exhibition

2012 November

18th Annual Exhibition

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UNIONE  BONSAISTI  ITALIANI  CONGRESS   (UBI)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
1997

I Congresso Nazionale

1998 Oct. 30 - Nov. 1 Casabianca di Fermo
II Congresso Nazionale
Joint w/EBA
1999

III Congresso Nazionale

2000 Apr. 27 - May 1 Arco
IV Congresso Nazionale
Joint w/EBA; Hotsumi Terakawa (Netherlands); Lorenzo Agnoletti, Michele Andolfo, Adriano Bonini, Patrizia Capellaro (Italy), Aldo Cipollini Carlo, Cetorelli, Donato Danisi, Marco Invernizzi, Salvatore  Liporace (Italy), Andrea Parolari Emilio Melloni, Sandro Segneri, Gaetano Settembrini, Alfiero Suardi, Ken Ziliani; Prof. Augusto Marchesini, C. Padrini, Danilo Bonacchi, Prof. Ferruccio Poli
2001

V Congresso Nazionale

2002

VI Congresso Nazionale

2003

VII Congresso Nazionale

2004

VIII Congresso Nazionale

2005 May 6 - 8 Arco di Trento
IX Congresso Nazionale

2006 June 1 - 4 Alberobello
X Congresso Nazionale

2007 Feb. 23 - 25 Fermo
XI Congresso Nazionale
Salvatore Liporace
2008 May 2 - 5 Arco
XII Congresso Nazionale

2009 Mar. 20 - 22 Salerno
XIII Congresso Nazionale
Salvatore Liporace, Adolfo Michele, Enrico Savini
2010 Apr. 16 - 18 San Marino
XIV Congresso Nazionale
Marco Invernizzi, Carlos Van Der Vaart (Holland), Peter Warren (UK)
2011 Apr. 1 - 3 Sanremo
XV Congresso Nazionale
Luciana Queirolo (suiseki), Ryan Neil (USA; demo, demo/work), Jenny Banti Pereira (demo/work: ikebana), Prof. Perino ("Introduction to the Painting Giapponese"), Marc Noelanders (Belgium; demo/work), Beppe Mokuza (work: sumi-e painting), Bandera Maximum ("The Bonsai between tradition and innovation in Japan and the world"), Dr. Claudius Littardi
2012 May 4 - 6 Arco (Trentino)
XVI Congresso Nazionale
Giorgio Castagneri, Aldo Cetorelli, Nicola Crivelli, Armando Dal Col, Donato Danisi, Antonio Gesualdi, Adriano Nalon, Paolo Olivieri, Mario Pavone, Alfredo Salaccione, Gaetano Settembrini, Federico Springolo, Mauro Stembergher, Alfiero Suardi, Mirko Tedeschi.
2013 April 19 - 21 Vieste (FG)
XVII Congresso Nazionale
Taiga Urushibata (demo), Fabrizio Zorzi (demo), Silvia Orsi (lect: Shitakusa Kusamono)
2014 April 11 - 13 Torino
XVIII Congresso Nazionale

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U.  S.  NATIONAL  BONSAI  EXHIBITION   (USNBA)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
2008 Oct. 11 - 12 Rochester, NY
1st National Exhibition
138 exhibits featuring 194 bonsai from 90 artists coming from 26 states and Puerto Rico; Seiji Morimae (Japan), Peter Warren (England), Pedro Morales (Puerto Rico), Kathy Shaner, Suthin Sukosol, Dr. Alice W. Chen
2009
none



2010 June 12 - 13 Rochester, NY
2nd National Exhibition
Kunio Kobayashi (Japan), Marco Invernizzi (Italy), Dr. Alice W. Chen, Sean Smith; Trees from the following collections were on display: The US National Bonsai & Penjing Museum (US National Arboretum, Washington, DC), The Montreal Bonsai & Penjing Collection (Montreal Botanical Garden, Montreal, Canada), The Larz Anderson Bonsai Collection (Arnold Arboretum, Boston, MA), The Brooklyn Botanic Garden Bonsai Collection (Brooklyn, NY), The North Carolina Arboretum Bonsai Collection (Asheville, NC), The Chicago Botanic Garden Bonsai Collection (Chicago, IL), The Pacific Rim Bonsai Collection (Weyerhaeuser Company's Bonsai Collection, Federal Way, WA), Iseli Nursery Bonsai Collection (Iseli Nursery, Boring, OR), The James J. Smith Bonsai Collection at Heathcote Botanical Gardens (Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Fort Pierce, FL), The Kennett Bonsai Collection (Kennett Square, PA); $8,300 was given for nine awards by three international judges: Kunio Kobayashi (Japan), Farrand Bloch (Holland), and David Easterbrook (Canada); 95 exhibitors from 27 states, over 225 beautiful bonsai masterpieces.
2011
none



2012 June 9 - 10 Rochester, NY
3rd National Exhibition
353 bonsai were entered by 118 exhibitors. Total bonsai on display was 248 by 95 exhibitors. Some bonsai were withdrawn after being accepted because of the tree's health.  There were 185 formal displays including 18 shohin bonsai compositions with 80 individual specimens. 30 states were represented in addition to Canada and Puerto Rico.
2013
none



2014 Sep. 13 - 14 Rochester, NY
4th National Exhibition

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WORLD  BONSAI  FRIENDSHIP  FEDERATION   (WBFF)
.

YEAR
DATE
LOCATION
THEME
NOTES
1989 April 6 - 9 Omiya, Japan
1st World Bonsai Convention
"World Peace Through Bonsai"
Some 1237 delegates from 32 countries, approx. 40% Japanese and 60% from abroad; Saburo Kato (demo: Ezo spruce group planting), Hiroshi Takeyama (demo: stewartia grove), Hideo Kato, Masahiko Kimura, Susumu Nakamura, Jiro Fukuda, Toshinori Suzuki, Shinji Ogasawara, Tsunekazu Nakajima (demo: informal upright five-needle pine), Kanekazu Yoshimura, Koji Amakawa, Masao Komatsu, Hideo Chugun, Eijiro Hiruma, Noburo Kaneko (work: coniferous group planting) (all Japan)   [See Also: "Our Japan Trip Report" by Jack Wikle, Journal, ABS, Vol. 23, No. 3, Fall 1989, pp. 12-21, with 27 b&w and 1 color photo and 2 line drawings]
1990
none



1991
none



1992
none



1993 May 27 - 31 Orlando, FL, USA
2nd World Bonsai Convention
"New Horizons"
In conjunction w/BCI & ABS; 700 - 900 delegates; Saburo Kato (Japan, demo:  39 tree Stewartia monodelpha forest), John Naka (California, USA, demo: 111 Florida elm forest from a preplanned computerized sketch), Yuji Yoshimura (New York, USA, lect-demo: shimpaku juniper rock planting); Pius Notter (Switzerland, demo: Ponderosa pine), Ben Oki (California, USA, demo: two bald cypresses & work: Podocarpus), Rod Clemons (Georgia, USA, demo: shimpaku juniper and Kingville boxwood forest on stone slab), Mary Madison (Florida, demo & work: buttonwood), Pedro Morales (Puerto Rico, demo: triple trunk Neea buxifolia & work: Ficus neriifolia clump) Ben Oki (California, USA), Russell Coker (Florida, USA, demo & work: Texas cedar elm), Hotsumi Terakawa (Netherlands, demo: jaboticaba & work: San Jose juniper and Hinoki cypress), Vaughn Banting (Louisiana, USA, demo: bald cypress group), James J. Smith (Florida, USA, demo: Ficus neriifolia & work: for children), Mas Imazumi (California, USA, work: juniper), Qingquan Zhao (China, demo: penjing planting on 48" white marble slab & work), Shinichi Nakajima (Japan, demo: buttonwood), Keiko Yamane (Japan, demo & work: kusamono), Paul Imada (Hawaii, USA, demo: Casuarina equisetifolia informal upright), Larry Ragle (USA, lect: suiseki), Felix Rivera (USA, lect: suiseki), Pat Vanders (USA, lect: suiseki).  [See Also: "It Was An Experience" by Martin L. Mann et al, Bonsai, BCI, Vol. XXXII, No. 5, September/October 1993, pp. 9-36, with 97 b&w and 16 color photos by Randy Clark, Charles Roy and Pius Notter, plus 3 lines drawings by John Naka and 1 by Paul Imada]
1994
none



1995
none



1996
none



1997 Oct. 24 - 28 Seoul, Korea
3rd World Bonsai Convention
Approx. 200 overseas delegates, over 400 participants from 20 countries and a large exhibit of 220 Korean bonsai; Saburo Kato (Japan), Hideo Kato (Japan), Masahiko Kimura (Japan), Shinji Ogasawara (Japan), Hiroshi Takeyama, Haruhiko Kato, Pius Notter (Switzerland), John Naka (California, USA), Maria Teresa Volonterio, Hideo Saito, Ben Oki (California, USA), Hiroshi Suzuki, Lorenzo Malberti, Marina Pavanello, Othmar Auer
1998
none



1999
none



2000
none



2001 May 31 - June 4 München, Germany
4th World Bonsai Convention
In conjunction w/EBA ; over 100,000 visitors to the event; Walter Pall, François Jeker, Angel Mota, Salvatore Liporace (Italy), Serge Clémence, Saburo Kato (Japan), Hirosi Takeyama, Toru Suzuki, Osamu Komatu, Shinichi Nakajima, I. C. Su (Taiwan), Kunio Kobayashi (Japan), Chase Rosade (Pennsylvania, USA), Pedro J. Morales (Puerto Rico), Chen Jen-Liang, Solita Tafur Rosade (Colombia & USA), Gill Taylor-Duxbury, Patrizia Cappellaro (Italy), Sabine Weber, Kirsten van Croonen-borgh.
2002
none



2003
none



2004
none



2005 May 28 - 31 Washington, D.C.
5th World Bonsai Convention
"Bringing the World Together Through Bonsai"
In conjunction w/ABS, BCI & NBF, some 951 registrants; Jim Barrett (USA, lect: bonsai pots), Lindsay Bebb (Australia, work & demo), Charles Ceronio (South Africa, demo), Thomas Elias (USA, lect: bonsai history), Luis Ricardo Garcia (Venezuela, demo), Gadiel Gonzalez, Jr. (Puerto Rico, work & demo), Don Gould (USA, lect: bonsai pots), Guy Guidry (USA, demo & work), Kemin Hu (China & USA, lect: Chinese scholars' rocks), Marco Invernizzi (Italy, demo & work), Arthur Joura (lect: interesting native species), Mary Madison (USA, work & demo), Koichi Masumi (Japan, work: shohin & demo), Arishige Matsuura (Japan, lects: suiseki and suiseki display), Hideo Metaxas (USA, lect: suiseki in California), Roy Nagatoshi (USA, work: Ponderosa pine & demo), Nikunj & Jyoti Parekh (India, work: black olive), Solita Rosade (Colombia & USA, work: for children & demo), Kathy Shaner (USA, demo & work), Lindsay Shiba (USA, demo & work), Arthur Skolnik (Canada, demo & work), Robert Steven (Indonesia, demo), Jack Sustic (USA, work: California juniper), Hiroshi Takeyama (Japan, demos & work), Steven Tolley (UK, work & demo), William Valavanis (USA, lect: bonsai display & work ), Keiko Yamane (Japan, works: grass planting), Qingquan 'Brook' Zhao (China, demo & work: land and water penjing).
2006
none



2007
none



2008
none



2009
July 7 - 13
San Juan, Puerto Rico
6th World Bonsai Convention
Tohru Suzuki (Japan), François Jeker (France), Salvatore Liporace (Italy), Min Hsuan Lo (Taiwan), Mrs. Chen (China), William Valavanis (USA), Xec Fernandez (Spain), Suthin Sukosolvisit (Thailand/USA), Lindsay Shiba (USA), Robert Stevens (Indonesia), Sean Smith (USA), Martin Schmalenberg (USA), Lindsay Bebb (Australia), Jim Doyle (USA), Louis Nell (South Africa), Sujey & Ruppa Shah (India), Rafael Rebollo (Chile), Jesus Ignacio Marín (Venezuela), Juan Manuel Andrade (Costa Rica), Roberto Martínez (Puerto Rico), Pedro J. Morales & Puerto Rico team, Masakuni Kawasumi III (Japan)
2010
none



2011
none



2012
none



2013 Sept. 24 - 28 Jitan, Jiangsu, China
7th World Bonsai Convention
Hu Leguo (China), Zhao Qingquan (China), Ng Shing-Fat (Hongkong, China), Chen Wenjuan (China), Jyoti & Nikunj Parekh (India), Isao Oomachi (Japan), Takashi Sakurai (Japan), Masashi Hirao (Japan), Koji Hiramatsu (Japan), Václav Novák (Czech Republic), Grant Bowie (Australia), Tony Bebb (Australia), Joy Morton (New Zealand), Brian Donnelly (Canada), Danial Lafortune (Canada), Robert Smith (Canada), William N. Valavanis (USA), Boon Manakitivipart (USA), Suthin Sukosolvisit (Thailand), Jack Sustic (USA), Bjorn Bjorholm (USA), Brussel Martin (USA), David Easterbrook (USA), Sergio Luciani (Argentina), Nacho Marin (Venezuela), German Arellano (Colombia), Rock Junior (Brazil), Juan Manuel Andrade (Costa Rica), Daniel Daza (Chile), Vic Ceballos (Philippines), Budi Sulistyo (Indonesia), Lee Jong Hong (China)
2014
none



2015
none



2016
none



2017
Saitama, Japan
8th World Bonsai Convention

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