The Expos

The BIE currently regulates 4 types of Exhibitions, or "Expos" : World Expos, International Specialized Expos, Horticultural Exhibitions and the Triennale di Milano. Each in its own field aims at educating the public, sharing innovation, promoting progress and allowing dialogue and shared experience. They are an extraordinary way to reach out to a broad audience and a place where influencers, experts, the civil society and political representatives can work together.

What is an Expo?

World Expos

Like the World's Fairs of the pre-BIE era, World Expos welcome tens of millions of visitors, allow countries to build extraordinary pavilions and can transform the landscape of a city for years to come.

However, the main difference with the Expos of those times is that World Expos are no longer solely dedicated to showcasing industrial progress and showing off national prestige. They have become discussion platforms aimed at finding solutions to universal challenges of our time, such as urbanism (Expo Shanghai 2010) or nutrition (Expo Milan 2015).

They take place every 5 years and last up to 6 months.

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Specialised Expos

Specialised Expos as we know them today were established by the BIE in 1988. They are global events dedicated to finding solutions to precise challenges of humanity, such as ocean protection (Expo 2012 Yeosu) or the future of energy (Expo 2017 Astana). Their entertainment and intellectual ambition is the same as World Expos but the event is smaller in size and participant countries don't build their own pavilion but can customise a space provided by the organiser. They were created to allow a maximum number of countries to host and participate to an Expo.

They take place between 2 World Expos and last up to 3 months.

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Horticultural Expos

Horticultural Expos were brought into the scope of the BIE in 1959, a year before the first Expo of this kind. They are held under the joint auspices of the BIE and the Association of International Horticultural Producers (AIPH). Due to their international character, their duration (3 to 6 months), their size (50 ha minimum), their millions of visitors and the importance given to innovation and education, Horticultural Expos are in a way the World Expos of Horticulture.

At least two years must separate two Horticultural Expos.

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La Triennale de Milan

La Triennale de Milan est la seule Expo régulée par le BIE à être toujours organisée dans la même ville : Milan. C'est un rendez-vous international unique pour les acteurs clés de l'industrie du design et le grand public. La Triennale a été placée sous l'égide du BIE dès 1933 car sa nature correspondait aux critères de la Convention de 1928 définissant une Expo.

Elle a lieu tous les 3 ans, avec une pause entre 1996 et 2016.

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