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WORDS OF THE WEEK – AUGUST 12, 2010

Posted on August 12, 2010 by Karin • Filed under:

These are terms from the world of WORLD EXPOSITIONS.

WORLD’S FAIR, WORLD FAIR, WORLD EXPOSITION, INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITION OR EXPO

The first World Fair was held in the Crystal Palace in London in 1851 with the title ‘Great Exhibition of the Worlds of Industry of All Nations’. This exhibit was meant to showcase participating countries’ manufactured products, but its influence was much more far-reaching – to the worlds of architecture, art and design, international trade and relations, and tourism. This event spurred the advent of national touristic events and was the precedent for the many international exhibitions that have followed to this day.

Similar fairs have occurred in other countries for centuries. In Acapulco, Mexico, for instance, annual fairs showcased Asian products brought to the New World by the Spanish Royal Navy.

The main attractions at World’s Fairs are the national pavilions, created by participating countries.

Since the signing of the 1928 Convention on International Exhibitions, the Bureau International des Expositions has served as an international sanctioning body.

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WORLD EXPOSITIONS AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS

The BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) today categorizes international exhibitions into two main types: World Expos and International/Specialized Expos.

World Expositions now occur every 5 years (latest ones – Shanghai, China – 2010; Aichi, Japan – 2005; Hannover, Germany – 2000) in cities that  are ‘looking to accelerate projects of urban and economic renewal’. Participating countries design and build their own pavilions on a designated site.

International or Specialized Expos occur between 2 World Expos with themes that are specialized, in pavillions provided by the host country, free of rent and charges.

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LIST OF WORLD AND INTERNATIONAL EXPOSITIONS

1851 London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland)
1855 Paris (France)
1862 London (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland)
1867 Paris (France)
1873 Vienna (Austria)
1876 Philadelphia (United States)
1878 Paris (France)
1879 Sydney (New South Wales, British Australia)
1880 Melbourne (Victoria, British Australia)
1884 New Orleans (United States)
1888 Barcelona (Spain)
1889 Paris (France)
1893 Chicago (United States)
1897 Brussels (Belgium)
1900 Paris (France)
1901 Buffalo (United States)
1904 St. Louis (United States)
1905 Liege (Belgium)
1906 Milan (Italy)
1907 Dublin (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland)
1909 Seattle (United States)
1910 Brussels (Belgium)
1911 Turin (Italy)
1913 Ghent (Belgium)
1915 San Francisco (United States)
1915 San Diego (United States)
1929 Seville (Spain)
1929 Barcelona (Spain)
1933 Chicago (United States)
1935 Brussels (Belgium)
1937 Paris (France)
1939 New York City (United States)
1939-1940 San Francisco (United States)
1958 Brussels (Belgium)
1962 Seattle (United States)
1964/65 New York (United States)
1967 Montreal (Canada)
1968 San Antonio (United States)
1970 Osaka (Japan)
1974 Spokane (United States)
1982 Knoxville (United States)
1984 New Orleans (United States)
1985 Tsukuba (Japan)
1986 Vancouver (Canada)
1988 Brisbane (Australia)
1992 Seville (Spain)
1992 Genoa (Italy)
1993 Daejeon (South Korea)
1998 Lisbon (Portugal)
2000 Hanover (Germany)
2005 Aichi (Japan)
2008 Zaragoza (Spain)
2010 Shanghai (China)
2012 Yeosu (South Korea)
2015 Milan (Italy)

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