EXPO 2017

The core theme of EXPO 2017, which is being held in Astana from 10 June until 10 September, is "Future Energy: Measures for Global Sustainability". With a special focus on the sub-themes "cutting CO2 emissions”, "energy efficiency" and "energy for all”, exciting exhibits will present key aspects and questions relating to the production, distribution and consumption of energy.

Site map of the EXPO in Astana

The 25 hectare exhibition area will play host to more than 100 participating countries. Click on the magnifying glass icon for an expanded view.

EXPO – World exhibition with history

The EXPO, also known as "Universal Exposition" or "World's Fair", is a type of international exhibition that originated during the era of industrialisation as a technical and artisanal show that resembled an annual fair.

World exhibitions were initially used to showcase the industrial capabilities of the participating countries and formed a platform for outstanding architecture. The first international exhibition was held in London in 1851.

Ever since the International Exposition of 1867 in Paris, participating countries have presented their technical achievements and new products in national pavilions.
Since 1950
Since the middle of the twentieth century, the exhibitions have also been characterised by elements that connect groups of people.
Recent world exhibitions have focused on global problems and future-oriented solutions. They have served the international exchange of information in the fields of technology, research, business, communication, culture and entertainment. They have also developed into staged events with a high experiential value.

Bureau International des Expositions (BIE)

Established in Paris in 1928, the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) officially registers and recognises world exhibitions. The BIE is an intergovernmental body with 169 member states.

A distinction is made between "registered" and "recognised" international exhibitions. EXPO 2017 in Astana belongs in the second category.

"registered world
  • Duration of six months
  • Overarching theme
  • Event every 5 years
"recognised world
  • Duration of three months
  • Specialised topic
  • Event between the registered international exhibitions