World Expo Museum opens its doors

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government announce the opening of the World Expo Museum today, Monday, 1 May 2017, coinciding with the seventh anniversary of the opening of Expo 2010 Shanghai.

Situated on the former site of World Expo 2010 Shanghai, the World Expo Museum is the first and only official museum and documentation centre dedicated to Expos and authorised by the BIE. The Museum is the result of a partnership agreement between the BIE and the Shanghai Municipal People’s Government.

World Expo Museum

The World Expo Museum is at first open to the public in a trial run, during which 4,000 tickets can be reserved each day on the Museum’s website or via WeChat. During this period, the Museum is open between 9am and 5pm, on all days except Monday. This will be followed by an official inauguration ceremony in July.

Located near the Lupu bridge on the North bank of the Huangpu river, on the Puxi side of the Expo 2010 site, the World Expo Museum covers an area of 46,500 m2, with the building’s unique architectural concept featuring two major components. The eye-catching glass-panelled “Celebration Cloud” rises above and sits atop the “History Valley”, where the history of International Expos since 1851 is told in eight different sections.

Celebration Cloud, World Expo Museum

The Museum features permanent collections dedicated to past, present and future Expos, and recounting their multifaceted nature spanning culture, urbanism, economy, innovation, science, and social improvements. The permanent collections include thousands of objects, 300 minutes of video footage and recreations of key Expo monuments. The Museum will also feature temporary exhibitions, a documentation and research centre, a collection warehouse and corporate and guest facilities.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated: “Today is a great day in the history of World Expos because we are opening the first World Expo Museum in history. We are today opening something which will constitute a decisive element for the training, the education and the enjoyment of many generations in the future. I congratulate the city of Shanghai and the Government of China for making this project possible.”

For more information on the World Expo Museum, visit the website: expo-museum.org

Japan submits bid for World Expo 2025

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

Japan’s candidature for Osaka is based on the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”, and the Expo would be open from 3 May to 3 November 2025.

Japan, candidate for World Expo 2025

Japan’s candidature follows the one submitted by France on 22 November 2016, which opened the six-month window during which all other countries may also submit their own bids. The final deadline for the submission of bids is at 6pm (Paris time) on 22 May 2017. The closing of the candidature list will be followed by the examination phase, which will include the submission of bid dossiers, BIE Enquiry Missions, presentations, and forums. The 168 Member States of the BIE will elect the host country when the 164th General Assembly of the Organisation meets in November 2018.

“The BIE is pleased to receive Japan’s bid for World Expo 2025 and we look forward to the beginning of the examination phase in order to learn about the vision for each project”, commented the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, on receipt of the letter of candidature.

The Ambassador of Japan to France, S.E. Masato Kitera, hands the letter of candidature to the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales

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, and gathered over 21 million visitors 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”.

Japan is a founding member of the BIE, and the country has successfully organised five Expos under the auspices of the Organisation. In 1970, Osaka Prefecture hosted Asia’s first World Expo, attracting over 64 million visitors, making it the second most visited Expo in history. Since then, Japan has organised three Specialised Expos – in Okinawa in 1975, in Tsukuba in 1985 and in Aichi in 2005 – as well as one Horticultural Expo in Osaka in 1990.

Situated at the mouth of the Yodo River, the city of Osaka is the capital of Osaka Prefecture, located within Japan’s Kansai region. The Prefecture has a population of 8.8 million, while the larger urban area has a total population of over 19 million, making it Japan’s second largest agglomeration.

Expo 2022/23: BIE completes Enquiry Mission in Argentina

Representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) assessing Argentina’s bid for Specialised Expo 2022/23 have completed the Enquiry Mission after visiting Buenos Aires, the candidate city.

Members of the Enquiry Mission arrived in Buenos Aires on Monday, 17 April for a four-day visit during which they met with political leaders, learnt more about the Expo project, and exchanged with key figures involved in the proposed theme of the Expo, “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative industries in Digital Convergence.”

Argentina, candidate for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Reiterating national support for the Expo bid, the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, met with members of the Enquiry Mission. The delegation also held meetings with other with senior political figures including the Minister of Foreign Relations and Worship, Susana Malcorra, the Minister of Tourism, Gustavo Santos, and the Minister of Public Media and Contents System, Hernán Lombardi. On Wednesday, 19 April, members of the Enquiry Mission visited the Argentine National Congress, where they exchanged on the bid project with Vice President Gabriela Michetti and the Provisional President of the Chamber of Senators, Federico Pinedo.

The BIE delegation also met with local politicians to discuss the bid project, including the Mayor of Buenos Aires Autonomous City, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, and the Mayor of Vicente López, Jorge Macri. The delegation carried out a visit to Tecnópolis Park, on the proposed site of the Expo in the district of Vicente López. This visit was an opportunity for the Enquiry Mission to learn more about the Master Plan and plans for the post-Expo period, as outlined in the bid project.

As Buenos Aires forecasts 9.4 million visits to the Expo, Andy Freire, the Minister of Modernisation and the President of the Bureau for Buenos Aires Tourism City, gave details of the host city’s capacity to organise an Expo. The BIE delegation also exchanged with representatives of the tourism sector regarding the potential for development in the region should Argentina’s bid be successful.

Members of the Enquiry Mission also met with the National Secretary of Content, Gabriela Ricardes, who developed on the proposed theme of the Expo. The relevance of the theme to Argentina and to the international community at large was further discussed in a meeting with representatives of the media, technology and digital industries, and during a Round Table discussion with the participation of several National Ministries.

Commenting on the visit to Buenos Aires, the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that “the Enquiry Mission has been able to gain a deeper understanding of Argentina’s Expo plans and appreciate the broad support for the project which, if successful, would be the first Expo to be organised in Latin America.”

Expo 2022/23: Buenos Aires welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Buenos Aires. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by the Republic of Argentina to organise a Specialised Expo in the city between 15 January and 15 April 2023. It is the last of three such Enquiry Missions, the other two having already been carried out in the other two candidate countries, the United States and Poland.

Argentina, candidate for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Members of the Enquiry Mission arrived in Buenos Aires earlier today and will spend the next four days assessing the bid project. The BIE delegation will visit the proposed Expo site, receive detailed presentations of the bid project, and will meet and exchange with key figures behind the Expo project. The visit will include meetings with the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, Government Ministers, and the Mayor of Buenos Aires, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain Argentina’s proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Buenos Aires as “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative industries in Digital Convergence”. This theme reflects Argentina’s vision to hold an Expo focusing on the latest innovations in technological industries and in the world of creativity to enhance and further this new stage of progress. The proposed Expo would take place between 15 January and 15 April 2023 on a site in the Vicente López district, located 17km from the historical centre of Buenos Aires. The bid committee forecasts that the Expo would receive 9.4 million visits over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.

Expo 2022/23: BIE completes Enquiry Mission in Łódź

Representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) assessing Poland’s bid for Specialised Expo 2022/23 have completed the Enquiry Mission after visiting Warsaw and Łódź, the candidate city.

Poland, candidate for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Members of the Enquiry Mission arrived in Warsaw on Monday, 3 April, where they met with senior political figures, and travelled to Łódź on Wednesday, 5 April. During the five-day visit, the BIE delegation was received by the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the Prime Minister, Beata Szydło. They also met with senior political figures including the Speaker of the Senat, Stanisław Karczewski, the Speaker of the Sejm, Marek Kuchciński, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski, and the Government Plenipotentiary for the Expo bid, the Deputy Minister of Economic Development Jerzy Kwieciński.

The BIE delegation also held meetings to discuss the bid project with local and regional representatives including the Governor of the Łódź Voivodeship Zbigniew Rau, the Marshal of the Łódź Voivodeship Witold Stępień, the Chairman of Łódź City Council Tomasz Kacprzak, and the Mayor of Łódź Hanna Zdanowska.

In both Warsaw and Łódź, the delegation received detailed presentations of the bid project from local and national officials as well as experts in event planning, culture and architecture. Members of the Enquiry Mission conducted a visit of the proposed Expo site, in the New Centre of Łódź, and were invited to discuss the Expo project with members of the local business representatives at a reception hosted by the President of Łódź Special Economic Zone.

With regard to “City Re:Invented”, the proposed theme for the Expo focused on urban revitalisation, the BIE delegation had the opportunity to meet with art and cultural representatives in the presence of Piotr Gliński, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and National Heritage. The delegation also met members of the scientific and academic community at the Łódź University of Technology, and held a meeting with non-governmental organisations at the city’s Art Inkubator.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, expressed his satisfaction at the visit, stating that “if this bid for Łódź is successful, it would be the first Expo to take place in Poland and the region."

Expo 2022/23: Poland welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by Poland to organise a Specialised Expo in the city of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022. It is the second of three such Enquiry Missions, the first having already taken place in the United States and the next one to take place later in April in Argentina.

Poland, candidate for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Members of the Enquiry Mission arrived in Warsaw earlier today and will travel to Łódź on 5 April. The visit will include meetings with the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, and the Prime Minister, Beata Szydło. In Łódź, the BIE delegation will meet the Mayor of Łódź, Hanna Zdanowska, along with regional and municipal officials. In both Warsaw and Łódź, the delegation will receive detailed presentations of the bid project and exchange with key players behind the Expo bid.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain Poland’s proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Łódź as “City Re:Invented”. This theme reflects the city’s own transformation through revitalisation as well as the global need to manage the transformation of cities with a view to their residents and the preservation of historical and cultural heritage. The proposed Expo would take place on a site in the New Centre of Łódź between 15 June and 15 September 2022, with plans for the site to be fully reintegrated into the city in the post-Expo period. The bid committee forecasts that 7.3 million visitors would visit the Expo over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.

Expo 2022/23: BIE completes Enquiry Mission to the United States

Representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) assessing the United States’ bid for Specialised Expo 2022/23 have completed the Enquiry Mission after visiting Minneapolis, the candidate city, and Washington D.C.

Members of the Enquiry Mission spent three days in Minneapolis to meet with organisers of the bid, led by Mark Ritchie, President and CEO, Minnesota World’s Fair Bid Committee, as well as State officials including Governor Mark Dayton and Lt. Governor Tina Smith. They received detailed presentations of the bid project and visited the proposed site of the Expo, which is located near the University of Minnesota within the Towerside Innovation District.

United States : candidate for Specialised Expo 2022/23

Meetings were also held with business and civil society supporters of the bid project and members of Minnesota’s philanthropic community.

With regard to the proposed health and well-being theme for the Expo, delegates met with representatives from Minnesota-based healthcare organisation Mayo Clinic and manufacturing group 3M. They also held meetings with the organisers of major events in the State, including the Minnesota Super Bowl LII Host Committee.

BIE Enquiry Mission

The BIE delegation arrived in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 22 March, where Members of the Enquiry Mission met with Minnesota’s Congressional Delegation in the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill. The following day, the delegation was received by representatives of the United States’ Federal Government, meeting officials at the Department of State and the Department of Commerce. As well as technical aspects, the delegation discussed the United States re-joining the BIE, as it is not currently a member of the organisation.

The Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales, stated that he is “pleased to be in Minnesota following the United States’ bid to organise this Specialised Expo, which if selected would be the first Expo to take place in North America since the 1980s.”

Expo 2022/23: Minneapolis welcomes BIE Enquiry Mission

As part of the bidding process for the organisation of Specialised Expo 2022/23, an Enquiry Mission from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) has arrived in Minneapolis. The delegation will assess the bid submitted by the United States of America to organise a Specialised Expo in the city between 15 May and 15 August 2023. It is the first of three such Enquiry Missions, the other two taking place in the next month in the other two candidate countries, Poland and Argentina.

Specialised Expo 2022/23 - United States bid

The Enquiry Mission arrived in Minneapolis on Sunday, 19 March. Members of the Mission will visit the proposed Expo site, receive detailed presentations of the bid project, and will meet and exchange with local officials, lawmakers, the business community and members of civil society. Members of the Enquiry Mission will then travel to Washington D.C. on Wednesday, 22 March to meet with representatives of the United States Government.

The BIE delegation includes the Secretary General of the BIE, Vicente G. Loscertales and Ambassador Jai-chul Choi, Delegate of the Republic of Korea to the BIE and Chairman of the Executive Committee, who chairs the Enquiry Mission.

The task of the Enquiry Mission is to assess and validate the feasibility and viability of the Expo project, a necessary step for the candidature to go further in the selection process. This evaluation will ascertain the United States’ proposals for Expo 2022/23 following the recent submission of its bid dossier.

The bid dossier outlines the candidate’s vision for the Expo and identifies the theme of the proposed Expo in Minnesota as “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All”, a concept that reflects Minnesota’s position as a centre for healthcare and the reputation of the Upper Midwest as one of the healthiest regions in the United States. The proposed Expo would take place on a site near the University of Minnesota, in the centre of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan region, between 15 May and 15 August 2023. The bid committee forecasts that 12 million visitors would visit the Expo over the three-month period.

Using the bid dossier as a guide, the Enquiry Mission will notably assess the motivations behind the Expo bid, the attractiveness of the proposed Expo theme, the proposed site and its planned re-use after the Expo, levels of local and national support for the project, expected participation, and the financial feasibility plan.

Organisers and Participants fully charged for Expo 2017 Astana

Preparations for Expo 2017 Astana are in the final stretch, after the final International Participants’ Meeting drew to a close, having gathered 326 representatives from 108 participating countries.

The IPM was the third and last of its kind, giving organisers and participants the opportunity to exchange on Expo preparations and iron-out any outstanding issues. Various organisational and logistical topics were discussed during the meeting, including regulations, communications, accreditation and security. Representatives of Astana Expo 2017 National Company, the Expo organiser, gave a detailed presentation of the Expo site, including its architecture, layout and infrastructure.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

The meeting was also an occasion to finalise preparations for the Expo’s cultural programme, including national days and activities. Over 3,000 themed, cultural and entertainment events are scheduled to take place during the 93 days that the Expo will be open. Organisers provided attendees with an update on the organisation and contents of the Future Energy Forum, the Energy Best Practices Area, thematic pavilions and the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan.

Participants in the IPM were given a tour of the 25-hectare Expo site, which is centred around an eight-storey, 80-metre sphere housing the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan and the Museum of Future Energy. As of mid-February, pavilions had been transferred to the first 20 international participants, who have already started to work on their installations.

On the sidelines of the IPM, National Commissioners of BIE Member States met for the first time to elect 22 members of the Steering Committee, which will liaise with organisers before and during the Expo. Romas Jankauskas, the Commissioner of the Pavilion of Lithuania, was elected Chairman of the Steering Committee, which held its constituent session.

In a closing statement, the Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, reaffirmed the importance of close cooperation at this advanced stage of planning, stating that: “the site, the theme and the international participation all give great potential to this Specialised Expo. Its success is now in the hands of organisers, participants, and of course, the public.”

International Participants gather in Astana ahead of Expo 2017

Less than four months before Expo 2017 Astana opens its gates, international participants are gathered in the Palace of Independence in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, for the third International Participants’ Meeting (IPM). Representatives from 108 countries are taking part in the IPM, which is the last of its kind before the Expo opens on 10 June under the theme “Future Energy”.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales

International participants are gathered for two days (22-23 February), during which the host country and Expo officials will present a final vision of the Expo to all international participants. The IPM will include detailed presentations regarding the Expo’s organisation and logistics, as well as question-and-answer sessions, providing organisers and participants with a common platform to exchange as preparations move into the final stretch.

The First Vice Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, addressed delegates at the opening of the meeting, alongside the Chairman of the Board of Astana EXPO 2017 NC, Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Expo Commissioner, Rapil Zhoshybayev, and the Mayor of Astana, Asset Isekeshev.

The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), Vicente G. Loscertales, welcomed attendees in an introductory speech, stressing that: “the success of the Expo at this stage of preparations is the shared responsibility of both organisers and participants.” Mr. Loscertales emphasised the importance of the “Future Energy” theme and its resonance across the globe, which is reflected in the high number of international participants.

Expo 2017 Astana will be open between 10 June and 10 September, during which time it is expected to receive 5 million visits. Organised under the theme “Future Energy”, the Expo will take place on a 25-ha site close to the centre of Astana.