About EXPO

EXPO World Fair, or World Expo is not only the largest international exhibition of the latest achievements in science and technology, but also an opportunity to showcase history, traditions, and culture from all over the world. EXPO is held at different locations since 1851, and every event has its own unique theme. The first EXPO was held in Crystal Palace (Hyde Park, London).

On June 10-September 10, 2017, Astana will host the EXPO, its theme being Future Energy.

All exhibitors will present their achievements in the energy sector. So far, 112 countries confirmed their participation in EXPO-2017. EXPO is expected to attract over 2 million visitors, including state leaders, CEOs of major global corporations, and heads of international organizations.

Since 1851, the international World Expo exhibition isbeing held in varying parts of the world. Each Expo has its own theme. The event seeks to develop international relations and tourism, foster the sharing of experience, and showcase cutting edge projects of participating countries.

 World Universal Expo history

The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations held in Hyde Park, London on May 1-October 15, 1851, was a landmark in the history of the industrial revolution. Due to the large number of participating countries, it came to be known as the World Expo. The First World Expo featured industrial products and various artisan goods, machines, production methods, as well as natural resources and works of art.

 
The Crystal Palace built for the First Universal Expo


National pavilions at 1851 Expo

Event organizers managed to capitalize on the hype around the exhibition that attracted up to 6mln visitors (a third of total British population). The idea of holding world expositions was immediately taken up by the French, who responded to Britain's challenge be hosting their own expo in 1855. Since then, expos are being held on a regular basis.


French Expo of 1855

World expos have always provided the opportunity to learn about various inventions and novelty products.


 1862.  First sewing machine presented at the London Expo.

 


 1876. First telephone presented at the Philadelphia Expo.

 


1893. Lightning and electric chair presented at the Chicago Expo.


1889. Eiffel Tower at the Paris Expo.

After WWII, exhibition organizers broadened their focus to include not only technological achievements, but also the discussion of global issues, such as the role of humans in the world, environment protection, urbanization, etc. These matters serve as the foundation for the special expo theme, and each country incorporates it into its exhibit.

2017 EXPO theme is Future Energy.

Nowadays, EXPOs serve as the symbol of industrialization and provide the site for showcasing the most significant national achievements in various areas. Every EXPO attracts millions of visitors. A country's participation in the EXPO is a government-level decision. Intense competition for the honor of holding the EXPO resembles fierce rivalry for the right to host the Olympics.


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