A strong debut for Expo 2017 Astana

Only four days after opening to the public, representatives of Expo 2017 Astana addressed the 161st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to give an update on the Expo’s opening and first few days.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, Expo 2017 Astana Commissioner

Expo Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev informed delegates that the Opening Ceremony on 9 June, which was presided by Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and attended by 17 heads of State and government and 10 heads of international organisations. The ceremony was followed by a concert and a dazzling multimedia show centred around Nur Alem, the central structure of the Expo site. The next day, on June 10th, the Expo officially opened its doors to the public, letting visitors discover the 25 ha site for the first time and enter the pavilions of the more than 110 international participants.

The Commissioner also gave the delegates a detailed report of the first days of Expo 2017 Astana, including the National Days that have already taken place. On the site of the Expo, visitors are now able to discover the newest innovations in the field of renewable energy through a number of specialised pavilions that linked to the theme of the Expo, “Future Energy”. Five million visitors are expected to pass through the gates of the Expo over its three month duration, with over 1 million tickets already having been sold.

 Yerbol Shormanov, Vice President of Expo 2017 Astana

The Vice President of Expo 2017 Astana, Yerbol Shormanov informed delegates about the Expo’s vast cultural and entertainment programme, which includes thousands of activities throughout the Summer. Visitors can enjoy musical, artistic and theme-related events, ranging from a special production of the Cirque du Soleil to daily shows at Nur Alem and national day related activities. The Expo’s thematic programme will shortly begin and will include a range of scientific, business and sustainable development conferences in addition to the Future Energy Forum, which starts on 29 June and will run until 5 September.

The organisers of Expo 2017 Astana concluded their speech at the General Assembly by reiterating their invitation to the BIE Member States to contribute to the development of green energy and to visit the Expo.

World Expo Museum to ramp up activities after successful opening

On 13 June, during the 161st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the director of the World Expo Museum (WEM), Lorelei Liu, addressed delegates regarding the opening of the institution in Shanghai on 1 May 2017. Ms. Liu also spoke about the museum’s future projects, and about the museum’s participation at Expo 2017 Astana.

The presentation of WEM included an overview of its architecture, with delegates being reminded that it is one of the largest museums in Shanghai with a total surface of 90,000m2. Ms. Liu announced that since opening to the public on a reservation only basis, the Museum welcomed 90,000 visitors and has hosted cultural events including the “WE TALK Expo forum”, where BIE Deputy Secretary General Dimitri Kerkentzes was a guest speaker.

After years of preparation and construction, the World Expo Museum opened its doors exactly seven years after the opening ceremony of Expo 2010 Shanghai. The museum’s opening was scheduled on this date to symbolise its aim of carrying on the tradition of Expos and providing a platform of cultural exchange between the BIE’s 170 Member States.

Lorelei Liu, Director of World Expo Museum

Ms. Liu expressed her “heartfelt gratitude” to Member States and donors who have supported the World Expo Museum by contributing objects and documentation to the Museum’s permanent collections.

The Museum will continue to escalate it activities in the near future. WEM will open more facilities from July, including a 4D cinema and a 280-seat conference hall. In September, the Museum plans to organise a temporary exhibition from the perspective of Expo history, inviting key figures from past, current and future Expos to discuss cooperation.

In addition to the activities within the Museum itself, WEM is participating in Expo 2017 Astana with its own pavilion. The theme of the 630m2 pavilion is “EXPO x EXPOS: Everything Begins with Expo”. It presents 160 years of Expo history, with a focus on Expos where energy was of particular importance in line with the Expo 2017’s theme “Future Energy.”

At Expo 2017 Astana, the World Expo Museum will also record the Expo through photographs, films and a literary collection that will later be displayed in their Shanghai location.

161st General Assembly of the BIE: Expo updates and bid projects

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) held its 161st General Assembly in Paris on 13-14 June 2016. Delegates representing the 170 Member States of the BIE attended the meeting.

Steen Christensen, President of the General Assembly of the BIE (centre), Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE (right)

Opening the session, the President of the General Assembly Steen Christensen first paid tribute to Ambassador Wu Jianmin, an esteemed Chinese diplomat and former President of the BIE, who died in June 2016.

Reports were submitted by the Presidents of the four BIE committees (Executive, Administration & Budget, Rules, Information & Communication), and progress reports on current and upcoming Expos were presented to the General Assembly. As the General Assembly was held in the months after the closing of the candidate list for Specialised Expo 2022/23 and World Expo 2025, delegates had the chance to receive presentations on all the bid projects for the first time.

World Expos

Giving an update on Expo 2020 Dubai, Senior Vice President Manal Albayat presented the General Assembly with a progress report for the next World Expo. Ms. Albayat assured BIE Member States that site preparations and confirmations of international participation are making good progress, adding that Expo 2020 is continuing to develop its local and international engagement efforts, notably via youth programmes and corporate partnerships.

Manal Albayat, Senior Vice President Expo 2020 Dubai

Concerning the bidding process for the following World Expo, due to take place in 2025, each of the four candidates gave a presentation during which they outlined their World Expo vision. This was the first opportunity for all four candidates - France (Greater Paris), Japan (Osaka), Russia (Ekaterinburg) and Azerbaijan (Baku) – to directly address BIE Member States.

Specialised Expos

Following the opening ceremony of Specialised Expo 2017 Astana on 9 June, Expo Commissioner Rapil Zhoshybayev and Deputy Chairman Yerbol Shormanov presented delegates with an overview of the opening and the Expo’s first few days. Over 1.3 million tickets have already been sold, according to the Expo organisers, who concluded by inviting all attendees to visit the Expo during the Summer.

Rapil Zhoshybayev, Commissioner of Expo 2017 Astana

The three candidates for Specialised Expo 2022/23 each gave presentations to promote their Expo projects. Following a vote by Member States, Poland (Łódź), the United States (Minneapolis) and Argentina (Buenos Aires) will continue to promote their respective Expo projects until the 162nd General Assembly elects a host country in November 2017.

Horticultural Expos

Delegates were also presented with an overview of the planning of Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing, less than two years before it opens. The Commissioner General, Wang Jinzhen, announced that over 20 countries have already confirmed their participation, and reiterated the objective to have 100 international participants. The Deputy Secretary of the Executive Committee of Beijing Expo 2019, Peng Hongming, informed delegates about progress on the construction of the site, unveiling plans for several iconic structures, including the Chinese Pavilion.

The Commissioner General of Horticultural Expo 2019 Beijing Wang Jinzhen

Triennale di Milano

Set to coincide with Beijing’s Horticultural Expo, the next edition of the Triennale di Milano international exhibition was announced to the General Assembly by Andrea Cancellato, Director General of the Triennale. To be held between 1 March and 1 September 2019, the 22nd edition of the Triennale will be entitled: “Broken Nature: Design, architecture, and art take on climate change and inequality”. Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design and Director of R&D at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, has been appointed General Curator of this next edition of the Triennale. Ms. Antonelli also addressed delegates, introducing the theme and explaining its relevance to the international community.

Andrea Cancellato, Director General of the Triennale di Milano

World Expo Museum

For the first time since the World Expo Museum opened to the public on 1 May, its Director, Lorelei Liu, gave an update to BIE delegates on its current status and future plans. Ms. Liu told the General Assembly that the Museum has already welcomed 90,000 visitors and has hosted cultural events including the WE TALK Expo forum.

Lorelei Liu, Director of the World Expo Museum

 

More news to follow on all presentations made at the 161st General Assembly.

Candidates for Specialised Expo 2022/23

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) announces that three candidatures for Specialised Expo 2022/23 will be considered for election in November 2017: Poland (Łódź), the United States (Minneapolis) and Argentina (Buenos Aires).

During the 161st General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) on 13 June 2017, Delegates of Member States were presented with the Executive Committee’s report on the findings of the Enquiry Missions carried out in candidate countries in March and April 2017. Member States were then asked to vote on the Executive Committee’s recommendations to take into consideration the Expo projects considered viable and in line with BIE regulations.

Following the vote, Poland, the United States, and Argentina will present their respective Expo projects to delegates on the second day of the General Assembly on Wednesday 14 June. The three countries will continue to promote their respective Expo projects until the 162nd General Assembly of the BIE in November 2017, when Member States of the BIE will vote for the organising country of Specialised Expo 2022/23.

Astana welcomes the world to Expo 2017

Expo 2017 Astana is officially open following a spectacular inaugural ceremony in Kazakhstan’s capital. Over 130 international participants are gathered for Expo 2017, which will take place over the next three months under the theme “Future Energy”.

In line with the Expo’s theme, a dazzling spectacle inspired by the history of energy embarked attendees on a journey from the beginning of the universe to the modern day using the latest scenographic techniques. Following a multimedia show featuring a “ballet of drones” in the Expo’s Congress Center, guests were treated to a concert in the Amphitheater, a light and laser show on Nur Alem -Kazakhstan’s immense sphere-shaped national pavilion-, and a scintillating fireworks display. 

The Expo was declared open in a speech delivered by Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. In his inaugural speech, President Nazarbayev declared that "for several months, the most advanced technologies in the field of clean energy will be showcased here. And I hope that the results of the Astana Expo 2017 will bring tangible benefits to all."

Over 20 foreign heads of state and government, as well as ministers, ambassadors and national commissioners were among the dignitaries present for the occasion, which included the raising of the flags of all participant countries.

Steen Christensen, President of the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)

During the ceremony, the President of the General Assembly of the BIE, Steen Christensen, told the audience: “On behalf of the 170 Member States of the Bureau International des Expositions and its Secretariat, I would like to wish great success to the organisers and participants in Expo 2017 Astana.”

Expo 2017 Astana opens its gates to the public tomorrow, 10 June, and is expected to receive 5 million visits during its 93-day duration. Over 3,000 thematic and cultural events will take place within the framework of the Expo, including national days, themed seminars and performances. The Future Energy Forum, the Expo’s key intellectual feature, will host debates, workshops, panels and thematic weeks following its launch on 29 June.

The United States becomes the 170th Member State of the BIE

The United States of America has rejoined the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), becoming the 170th Member State of the organisation.

In accordance with the BIE membership rules, the Government of the United States submitted the instruments for accession to the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 10 May 2017. France, as the depository for the 1928 Paris Convention on International Exhibitions, notified the Secretariat of the BIE that the United States has adhered to the 1928 Paris Convention and is therefore once again a Member State.

The United States first joined the BIE on 24 May 1968. It left the organisation on 27 April 2001. The United States has organised six Expos under the auspices of the BIE: two World Expos (Expo 1939-40 New York and Expo 1962 Seattle) and four Specialised Expos (Expo 1968 San Antonio, Expo 1974 Spokane, Expo 1982 Knoxville and Expo 1984 New Orleans).

The United States is an active participant in World and Specialised Expos, and will have a pavilion at the next Specialised Expo, taking place in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, between 10 June and 10 September 2017.

List of Candidates for World Expo 2025

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has today closed the candidature period for World Expo 2025. Four countries have submitted competing bids to organise World Expo 2025: France (in Greater Paris), Japan (in Osaka), the Russian Federation (in Yekaterinburg), and Azerbaijan (in Baku).

France’s bid is for a World Expo in Greater Paris between 1 May and 30 October 2025 under the theme “Sharing our Knowledge, Caring for Our Planet”.

Japan’s bid is for a World Expo in Osaka between 3 May and 3 November 2025 under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.

The Russian Federation’s bid is for a World Expo in Yekaterinburg between 2 May and 2 November 2025 under the theme “Changing the World: Inclusive Innovations – for Our Kids and Future Generations”.

Azerbaijan’s bid is for a World Expo in Baku between 10 May and 10 November 2025 under the theme “Human Capital”.

List of Candidates for World Expo 2025

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated: “the BIE welcomes these four bids, which demonstrate a strong interest in and enthusiasm for hosting World Expos across the globe. The project evaluation phase will now allow us to find out more about the vision of each candidate and how they aim to address the universal challenges of the 21st century.”

The project examination phase for World Expo 2025 will take place over the next year and a half. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier in September 2017, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission in early 2018. Candidates will also present their Expo project during each General Assembly between now and the final vote. The election of the host country by the 170 Member States of the BIE will take place at the 164th General Assembly in November 2018.

World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. They can last up to six months, and international participants can build their own pavilions on the Expo site. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The most recent World Expo was held in the city of Milan, Italy, in 2015, under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The next World Expo will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Azerbaijan submits bid for World Expo 2025

Azerbaijan submitted today a letter of candidature to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to organise World Expo 2025 in Baku, its capital.

The letter, from President of the Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev was today handed to the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, by S.E. Mr. Elchin Amirbayov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to France and Head of Delegation to the BIE.

H.E. Mr. Elchin Amirbayov, Ambassador of Azerbaijan to France and Head of Delegation to the BIE, with the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales

Azerbaijan’s candidature for Baku is based on the theme “Human Capital”, and the Expo would be open from 10 May to 10 November 2025.

Three countries – France, Japan and Russia – have already submitted bids to organised World Expo 2025.

The final deadline for the submission of bids is today, 22 May 2017, at 6pm (Paris time).

On receipt of the letter of candidature, the Secretary General of the BIE stated that “This fourth candidature to organise World Expo 2025 reflects the fact that World Expos are transformational events. The candidate list will be closed this evening. We look forward to the project examination phase, when the BIE will find out more about the different propositions made by the candidates for World Expo 2025.”

Azerbaijan submits bid for World Expo 2025

The project examination phase for World Expo 2025 will take place over the next year and a half. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier in September 2017, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission in early 2018. Candidates will also present their Expo project during each General Assembly between now and the final vote. The election of the host country by the 170 Member States of the BIE will take place at the 164th General Assembly in November 2018.

World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. They can last up to six months, and international participants can build their own pavilions on the Expo site. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The most recent World Expo was held in the city of Milan, Italy, in 2015, under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The next World Expo will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

Russian Federation submits bid for World Expo 2025

Russia submitted today a letter of candidature to the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to organise World Expo 2025 in Yekaterinburg.

The letter, from the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Medvedev, was today handed to the Secretary General of the BIE Vicente G. Loscertales, by Mr. Aledsandr Turov, delegate of the Russian Federation to the BIE.

Mr. Aledsandr Turov, delegate of the Russian Federation to the BIE, with Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of hte BIE

Russia’s candidature for Yekaterinburg is based on the theme “Changing the World: Inclusive Innovations – for Our Kids and Future Generations”, and the Expo would be open from 2 May to 2 November 2025.

Russia’s candidature follows that of France, submitted on 22 November 2016, and of Japan, submitted on 24 April 2017.

The final deadline for the submission of candidatures is today, 22 May 2017, at 6pm (Paris time).

Acknowledging receipt of the letter of candidature, BIE Secretary General Vicente G. Loscertales stated that “this third candidature demonstrates a high level of interest in World Expos. Candidates will shortly enter the examination phase of Expo 2025 allowing the BIE to gain a deeper understanding of each project.”

Russian Federation submits bid for World Expo 2025

The project examination phase for World Expo 2025 will take place over the next year and a half. Each candidate will submit a bid dossier in September 2017, to be followed by a BIE Enquiry Mission in early 2018. Candidates will also present their Expo project during each General Assembly between now and the final vote. The election of the host country by the 170 Member States of the BIE will take place at the 164th General Assembly in November 2018.

World Expos, known officially as International Registered Exhibitions, are organised every five years. They can last up to six months, and international participants can build their own pavilions on the Expo site. The themes of World Expos are designed to raise awareness of and find responses to universal challenges of our time. The most recent World Expo was held in the city of Milan, Italy, in 2015, under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. The next World Expo will take place in Dubai (UAE) between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

World Expo Museum launches WE Talk

On the occasion of International Museum Day on 18 May, the World Expo Museum in Shanghai launches “WE Talk”, a series of lectures and speeches on how World Expos educate the public.

WE Talk reflects the World Expo Museum’s mission to encourage dialogue, exchange and reflection among citizens as well as researchers and academics. Via WE Talk, the World Expo Museum is demonstrating its intention to become a global hub for research, educational partnerships and cultural development initiatives in all areas related to Expos. Following this launch event, various experts and scholars will be invited to take part in future WE Talk forums.

WE Talk

The inaugural WE Talk event featured two lectures on the educational function of Expos, delivered by the Deputy Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Dimitri Kerkentzes, and by the former Director of the Expo 2010 Shanghai, Hong Hao, who is Deputy Director of Standing Committee of Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress and Chairman of the World Expo Museum. The event gathered over 100 people, including representatives of the Shanghai People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, officials from Expo host countries and representatives of other museums and cultural institutions.

Dimitri Kerkentzes, Deputy Secretary General of the BIE

During his lecture, the Deputy Secretary General of the BIE underlined the key role of Expos in educating the public and fostering the exchange of knowledge. He stated: “Education is central to the mission of Expos and now is core to the World Expo Museum. The Museum shows the evolution of different ways that humanity responds to key challenges and opportunities over time, such as the issue of water, transport, robotics, and space technology.”

Located on the former site of Expo 2010 Shanghai, the World Expo Museum is the result of a partnership agreement between the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government. It opened its doors on 1 May 2017 on a reservation basis only, and will be formally inaugurated and opened to the public at large in July 2017.