The Show

About the show

Spring is time of awakening, feeling of starting afresh. When days become longer it’s time to set doll art in the right light. The first big international doll fair of the year will be the Spring DOLL Festival, always taking place on the last April weekend. Starting in 2015, we come together making the beautiful town of Münster the hub of the dolls’ world.

We’re expecting more than 150 artists from more than 10 nations to present their works and give impressions of the wonderful world of doll art. They are going to show their knowledge in seminars and workshops, from material proceeding to nearly forgotten techniques and how to properly present dolls at competitions.

The fair will be more or less a mixture of 30 percent antique and repro, 30 percent contemporary doll art, 30 percent reborn and 10 percent accessories. We attach a lot of importance to all divisions becoming equally represented. In addition to the sales marts there will be interesting exhibitions. After all, we not only want to establish a meeting point for the existing dolls scene, but also attract a new audience for the world of dolls.

Our success in doing this is demonstrated in Münster since 2012. A very successful fair – the TEDDYBÄR TOTAL – takes place there under our guidance. There are more than 300 exhibitors from more than 25 countries to attract around 5,000 visitors each year. The Spring DOLL Festival is going to take place in parallel in its own exhibition hall as a proper fair with its own marketing and audience. The ticket (price 8 Euros a day), however, is valid for both events in order to offer a large multitude to visitors.

Time and location

Photo: Presseamt Münster / MünsterView

Opening hours
Saturday, April 29th 2017, 10am to 5pm
Sunday, April 30th 2017, 11am to 4pm

2-Day-ticket: 10.00 Euro
Kids until 16 years: free

Booth Construction
Friday, April 28th 2017, 10am to 8pm
Saturday, April 29th 2017, 7am to 9.45am
Sunday, April 30th 2017, 10.30am to 10.45am

Exhibition hall middle
Messe- und Congress Centrum Halle Münsterland
Albersloher Weg 32
48155 Münster

Dear guests: Please note that your dogs are not allowed in the hall.

Highlights of the show

At the International Spring DOLL Festival 2017 in Münster will be a lot to discover. The visitors of the show can look forward to many highlights – which in detail you get to know here.

New Käthe Kruse collection: Manufacturer Käthe Kruse is on-site again and shows the new collector‘s edition for the first time at a public show. Expert Thomas Dahl is available for collectors questions.

Asian doll art: The japanese group of artists Team Koyaala brings exclusive dolls from the Land of the Rising Sun to Münster.

Valuation and repair: Estimation point and doll‘s doctor: several experts take care of your collectibles and damaged rarities.

Service for Barbie fans: Expert and record collector Bettina Dorfmann evaluates and repairs brought along Barbie collectables.

Facepainting, baloon artist, kids workshops: Sunday is family day at the International Spring DOLL Festival

The famous doll artist Berni Stenek demonstrates on the International Spring Doll Festival how to prepare self-casted porcelain dolls to burning.

Elisabeth Zander demonstrates on the International Spring Doll Festival how to knit a doll’s dress. Everyone is welcome to join and knit with her.

BJD expert Heidemarie Doyé offers a workshop on painting a dolls head. Duration: 2 hours. Costs: about 35,- euros

Embroider a complete outfit with a floral pattern for a 25-centimeter-doll under instruction of Claudia Hillesheim. Duration: up to 3 hours. Price: 55,– euros.

A unique highlight is the special exhibition of historic originals from every decade of the company’s history beginning in 1911, curated by Käthe Kruse. The visitors of the International Spring DOLL Festival can look forward to precious dolls that will be decorated and presented in an appealing environment. There was never such an exciting exploration of the company’s history.

Alice, Cheshire Cat, the Crazy Hatmaker and many other characters from the great novel “Alice in Wonderland” by British author Lewis Carroll in one exhibition: That’s what visitors of the International Spring DOLL Festivals can look forward to. The Polish artist Liudmyla Bezusko has focused on this topic and created fantastic works. During her work, she always asked herself “how does a child come to terms with the fantasy impressions of a book?”. With her extraordinary creations, she gives an answer.

It was around 1910, as a well-known German sculptor anonymously modeled a naturally looking baby doll. The company Kämmer & Reinhardt produced this model with a ceramic head and a realistic body as the “Kaiserbaby” with the marking K & K 100. First, it was discussed controversial but soon it became a huge success and was also manufactured by other companies. For example, by Armand Marseille and its “Dreambaby”. It was made in large numbers in many variations and sizes and was sold worldwide. The two doll experts Ingrid Altenfelder and Gabriele Bothen-Hack will present wonderful samples of this genre from around 1915 on the International Spring DOLL Festival in Münster in an unprecedented and unique exhibition. Of course, both will make themselves available for the visitor’s questions with their extensive know how.

Thomas Dahl is an expert for Käthe Kruse dolls. But the author of PUPPEN & Spielzeug is also well informed about any other antique rarity. At the big central stand at the International Spring DOLL Festival that he shares with Käthe Kruse, he will estimate the visitor’s dolls, will give advice to repair or to store them and will also tell exciting background stories about manufactures and the mile stones of doll history.

Visitor survey 2016

List of exhibitors

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