World, International and Horticultural Expositions (EXPO)

World Expositions (EXPO) are international activities which have been organized since mid-19th century and have been contributing to communication between countries. These Expositions, which could in a sense, be considered as cultural, historical and educational activities of the world, enable information sharing for a better world by bringing the countries together. The basic goal of the World Expositions is to exhibit ideas, cultural assets or projects regarding the future of the world as well as to share the cultural and scientific accumulations, rather than to promote commodities, and in this manner to pave the way for generating new ideas and to contribute to the universal socio-cultural development.

Furthermore, special attention is paid to the suitability of the Expositions with the characteristics of the host country/city. World Expositions focus on universal themes such as technology, innovation and harmony with environment. They provide visitors the opportunity to address their expectations regarding modern life, while protecting the cultural heritage of their countries.

The Expositions remain open for 90 to 180 days. Within that time period, they make a positive impact on the city as well as the region and the country they take place in. Host cities become a brand thanks to Expositions. Host cities gain monumental buildings through Exhibitions as well. Among them are La Tour Eiffel in Paris, Ponte Vasco da Gama in Lisbon and Atomium in Brussels. Expositions continue to hold a distinctive value and meaning for the host city even after their termination. Re-organized as a techno-park accommodating firms developing technologies, the exposition venue in Seville is today a contributor to the economy of the city as well as to that of the country.

World Expositions are organized by the International Bureau of Expositions (Bureau International des Expositions-BIE), headquarters of which is located in Paris. BIE organizes a World Expo with a universal theme once in every 5 years, and an International Specialized Expo with a specific theme between the World Expos. Since 1960, BIE also supports the organization of the International Horticultural Exhibition which is approved upon the endorsement of the candidacy of a country and a city by the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH). BIE has also supported the Milan Triennial Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Architecture. More detailed information regarding the Expositions could be found in the website and

Although Türkiye became a member of BIE on October 5th, 2004, of the 64 World Expositions organized since 1851, she has participated in 17 during the Ottoman Empire period and 19 during the era of the Republic.

World Expositions so far participated by Türkiye are:

1851- London (England)

1862- London (England)

1867- Paris (France)

1873- Vienna (Austria)

1876- Philadelphia (USA)

1878- Paris (France)

1880- Melbourne (Australia)

1888- Barcelona (Spain)

1889- Paris (France)

1893- Chicago (USA)

1897- Brussels (Belgium)

1900- Paris (France)

1904- Saint Louis (USA)

1905- Liege (Belgium)

1906- Milano (Italy)

1910- Brussels (Belgium)

1915- San Francisco (USA)

1935- Brussels (Belgium)

1939- New York (USA)

1949- Stockholm (Sweden)

1953 - Jerusalem (Palestine/Jordan)

1953- Rome (Italy)

1958-Brussels (Belgium)

1962-Seattle (USA)

1970-Osaka (Japan)

1984-New Orleans (USA)

1985-Tsukuba (Japan)

1992-Seville (Spain)

1993-Taejon (Korea)

1998-Lisbon (Portugal)

2000-Hannover (Germany)

2005-Aichi (Japan)

2010-Shanghai (People’s Republic of China)

2015-Milano (Italy)

2019 Beijing (People’s Republic of China)

2020 Dubai (United Arab Emirates)

EXPO 2017 Astana was organized on 10 June-10 September 2017 in the capital city of Kazakhstan with the theme of “Energy of the Future”.

Türkiye participated in the Expo with a pavilion of about 1000 m2. Preparations related to the Turkish Pavilion were carried out by the Ministry of Economy. Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry, Mr. Tarık Sönmez was the EXPO Commissioner of Türkiye.

Türkiye’s theme for Expo Astana 2017 is “Global Synergy for Sustainable Energy” and its motto is “Center of Energy: Türkiye”, "Türkiye Day" was celebrated as EXPO 2017Astana on August 10, 2017.

As Türkiye’s first EXPO, EXPO 2016 Antalya International Horticultural Exposition was held between April 23rd and October 30th 2016, in Antalya, with the theme of “Flowers and Children”. Preparations were carried out by the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and EXPO 2016 Antalya Agency. The Commissioner General of the EXPO is Ambassador Erdoğan Kök. The motto of the EXPO 2016 Antalya is “A Green Life for Future Generations". Subthemes are “History”, “Bio-Diversity”, “Sustainability” and “Green Cities”.

Peony is the symbol of EXPO 2016 Antalya. Mascots of the Exposition are Ece & Efe, two Turkish children, wearing costumes inspired by the traditional “ yörük ” clothing seen in the Antalya region.

EXPO 2016 Antalyawas held on a 112-hectare exhibit site. The Expo site included gardens of the participating countries as well as the Expo Tower, symbolizing the historic Hadrianus Gate, one of the most important symbols of Antalya; the first Agriculture and Bio-Diversity Museum of Türkiye; a Congress Centre; amphitheaters; the Children’s Island, where activitiesare held to train children while entertaining them; the Science and Technology Centre for Children; a countryside activity area for children and their families; Expo Lake; a peony-shaped like terrace; Expo Hill; Expo Forest; Culture and Art Street; restaurants to reflect our architectural culture.

EXPO Milano 2015 was held in Milan between May 1st and October 31th, 2015 under the theme of "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life".

Türkiye participated in the Expo with a pavilion of 4.170-square-meters. Preparations related to the Turkish Pavilion were carried out by the Ministry of Economy. Deputy Undersecretary of the Ministry, Mr. Tarık Sönmez, was appointed as the EXPO Commissioner of Türkiye.

Theme of the Turkish Pavilion, which consisted of special patterns belonging to Turkish culture, such as; traditional house, Turkish glasswork “Çeşm-i Bülbül” and Ottoman fountain, was “Digging into history for future food” and the fruit of "pomegranate”, which represents abundance, was chosen as the symbol of the Pavilion.

“Türkiye Day” was celebrated as part of EXPO 2015 Milano on September 14, 2015. More information on EXPO Milano 2015 is available on website http://www.Tü

2012 Yeosu (Korea) International Exposition was held between May 12th and August 12th, 2012 under the theme of “The Living Oceans and the Coasts: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Activities ”. Türkiye has participated in this Expo with a 1400 square meters pavilion under the theme of "Türkiye: A Land of Civilizations Connecting Seas and Continents", with the sub-themes "Türkiye; Civilizations Along Seas, Seas Along Civilizations" and "Water and Sea, from a Drop to an Ocean".

“Türkiye Day” was celebrated as part of “EXPO 2012 Yeosu, on June 21, 2012. Commissioner General of Türkiye for “EXPO 2012 Yeosu” is Ambassador (Retired) Burak Gürsel.

2012 Floriade (Horticultural Expo) was held between 5 April-7 October 2012 in Venlo (Netherland) under the theme of “Be part of the theatre in nature, get closer to the quality of life”. Türkiye has participated in this Expo with a 1.000 square metersgarden. The Turkish Garden was designed with the method of a blend of modern materials and traditional motifs.

His Excellency Abdullah Gül, President of the Republic of Türkiye and Her Majesty Beatrix, the Queen of the Netherlands attended the inauguration of Türkiye’s Garden on April 19, 2012. Activities of “National Day of the Türkiye’s Garden” were performed on 1-2 June 2012 within the context of 2012 Floriade Expo. Ms. Beratiye Öncü, Representative of the Ministry of Economy at the office of Commercial Attaché of Consulate General of the Republic of Türkiye in Rotterdam is the General Commissioner of Turkish Garden.

Türkiye has participated in the 2010 Shanghai World Exposition, which focused on the best practices in the cities, with a 2000 m2pavilion under the theme of “Better City, Better Life” which was held between May 1stand October 31st, 2010.

The themes of “Türkiye-Cradle of Civilizations, Anatolia-The Land of Better Cities, Better Lives, İstanbul - Two Continents, One City” were designated as the core subject of the Türkiye Pavilion. Türkiye Pavilion has been visited by more than 7 million people throughout the exposition and has won silver medal at the category of "Theme Development". Commissioner General of Türkiye for EXPO 2010 Shanghai was Ambassador (Retired) Sencar Özsoy.

Türkiye has participated in the 2008 Zaragoza International EXPO, which was organized with the theme of “Water and Sustainable Development” between June 14th and September 14th, 2008 with a 1000 m 2 pavilion. Water assets of Türkiye and its importance from the past to this day were displayed through 4 major themes in Zaragoza-namely, significance of fountains in Turkish culture, details of Southeastern Anatolia Project (GAP), elaborateness of marbling art (Ebru) and how the historical and touristic regions of Türkiye have been integrated with water. Turkish Pavilion has won the runner-up prize (silver medal) for its design. Commissioner General of Türkiye for EXPO 2008 Zaragoza was Ambassador (Retired) Sencar Özsoy. Furthermore, “National Day of Türkiye” was held within the context of “EXPO 2008 Zaragoza” on July 13th , 2008.

Türkiye has participated in the International Horticultural Exhibition entitled “Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2006”, which was organized with the theme of “To Express Love For Humanity” in the city of Chiang Mai located in north Thailand between the dates of November 1st, 2006 and January 31st, 2007, with a permanent Turkish Garden of 2000 m2.

Inspired by the space utilization and design approach in the courtyard of the Turkish House, some traditional construction features which had been used in the classic Turkish architecture and garden were installed in the Turkish Garden. The Garden, which has a traditional Turkish fountain as well as a gazebo, is adorned with bronze sculpture with “Love” theme belonging to Sculptor Burhan Alkar, 3 boards of İznik Tiles, “Historical İzmir Rowboat”, “Sundial”, “Bird Cage” and similar work. The Turkish Garden was designed and realized by a team composed of Prof. Dr. Yüksel Öztan, Prof. Dr. Halim Perçin, Serdar Akçay, Erkal Saran, Dr. Ömer Gülkal.

Türkiye has also participated in the International Horticultural Exposition entitled “Royal Flora Ratchaphruek 2011”.

Expo 2019 Beijing

International Horticultural Exhibition - EXPO 2019 took place in Beijing between 29 April-7 October 2019, under the theme “Live Green, Live Better”. EXPO 2019 Beijing was dedicated to people's common desire for a green lifestyle, therefore the core subject of Türkiye’s participation in the EXPO 2019 was “Embrace the Future with Green”.

Expo 2020 Dubai: Documentary on inspiration behind mega event's logo  unveiled - News | Khaleej Times

Türkiye is participating in the EXPO 2020 hosted by Dubai, United Arab Emirates under the theme “Connecting Minds, Creating Future”. The EXPO 2020 is originally scheduled for 20 October 2020-10 April 2021, however it was postponed to 1 October 2021-31 March 2022, due to COVID-19 pandemic circumstances.

Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai (@expo2025japan) / Twitter

Türkiye has announced that she will be participating in the EXPO 2025 Osaka-Kansai to be hosted by Japan under the theme “Designing Future Society for Our Lives”.