On April 13, the mobile pavilion of EXPO 2017 ‘Future Energy’ opened in the centre of London to the city’s general public and overseas visitors. The pavilion occupied the space in front of the Queen Elizabeth II Centre near top London attractions such as Westminster Abbey, the British Parliament, and Big Ben. The roadshow aims to familiarise residents and guests of the UK with Kazakhstan, its capital city Astana as well as the forthcoming Astana EXPO 2017.
The roadshow was attended by Sara Everett, Deputy UK Pavilion Commissioner and UK Project Director of EXPO Astana 2017, Asif Khan, the UK Pavilion’s designer, a number of heads of diplomatic missions accredited in the UK, as well as representatives of the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and media.
In his interview with CNN, Kazakh Ambassador Erlan Idrissov said that EXPO 2017 will become a centre for the world’s most advanced ‘green technologies’.
“The EXPO will become a key global forum in the country’s history. It will offer a platform to the participant states to show their latest renewable energy technologies. EXPO will turn Astana into one of the world’s international culture and energy centres. Many large scale events, such as the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Summit, the first Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Summit on Science and Technology, national country days, various ministerial forums, and over 3,000 thematic cultural and sports events are planned to take place during EXPO 2017” Ambassador Idrissov said.
The mobile pavilion of EXPO 2017 ‘Future Energy’ offers several interactive zones providing visitors with detailed information about Kazakhstan, its capital and regions, and EXPO 2017. For example, the interactive map provides extensive background information on each region of the country. It enables visitors to get to know about the natural and geographical features of the regions, their economic characteristics and their sightseeing opportunities.
In the virtual reality zone guests can use special glasses to take a virtual tour over the EXPO 2017 site.
In addition, the interactive screen gives full information about EXPO 2017 and visitors can use it to purchase tickets to the exhibition.
Other facilities of the pavilion include an alternative energy island, a cinema, 3D printer, children’s corner, and E-bikes.
The roadshow of the mobile pavilion of EXPO 2017 ‘Future Energy’ has already been held in a number of the European countries, including Spain, Italy, Switzerland and France. London will have the roadshow from 13 to 16 April. Rotterdam, Vienna, Prague, Berlin, Warsaw, Vilnius and Helsinki will be its next destinations.
Note to editors:
EXPO 2017 on the theme ‘Future Energy’ will be held from 10 June to 10 September, 2017, in Astana. Currently, 115 countries and 18 international organisations have confirmed their participation in the exhibition. The presentation of the latest ‘green technologies’ are expected at EXPO. Over 5 million visitors are expected to come to see EXPO 2017.