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).

The International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 takes place in Astana from June 10 until September 10 of 2017.
The main theme of EXPO-2017 is “Energy of the Future”.

It reflects the preoccupation of the international community with the problem of energy consumption, which is having an increasing impact on our planet. The main objective of the exhibition is to call for responsibility, to foster a discussion and to develop knowledge enabling people to plan and control energy consumption on our planet and to minimize damage to the environment.

Over 115 countries and 22 international organizations participate in EXPO-2017. The total area of the exhibition complex is 174 hectares. 25 hectares are dedicated to the exhibition area, accommodating the National Pavilion of Kazakhstan, international, thematic and corporate pavilions.

 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.