The History of World Expositions
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1987: On May 28th the idea for the later EXPO 2000 was born.
1988: On December 14th, the Federal Republic of Germany presented itself at the 104th General Meeting of the Bureau International des Expositions (B.I.E.) (International Fairs Office) in Paris with an invitation brochure; the Federal Government declares its willingness officially to support and carry through a world exposition in Hanover in 1999 or 2000.
1989: At the 106th General Meeting of the B.I.E. in Paris on. December 13th, the case is presented for EXPO 2000 in Hanover.
1990: On June 14th, the Federal Republic of Germany receives the green light from the 107th General Meeting of the B.I.E. to mount a world exposition in Hanover in the year 2000.
1991: The Hanover city council decides the location for the world exhibition: main locations will be the Hanover Trade Fair exhibition grounds and the Kronsberg.
1992: The architects Arnaboldi/Cavadini of Locarno are named winners of the international ideas competition for design of the exhibition grounds (The Master-plan). The first overall concept of EXPO 2000 in Hanover is worked out. On June 12th, the results of a survey on EXPO 2000 commissioned by the Hanover City Council are made public: 51,5 per cent of those asked, approved of the idea. At the end of the World Exhibition in Seville on October 2nd, there is a symbolic handing over of the EXPO 92 to EXPO 2000 Hanover.
1994: In Bonn on May 5th, the company Gesellschaft zur Vorbereitung und Durchführung der Weltausstellung EXPO 2000 in Hannover, in brief: EXPO 2000 Hanover GmbH, is founded. The EXPO 2000 Hanover GmbH Supervisory Board meets and constitutes itself under the chairmanship of Helmut Werner on July 8th in Hanover. On August 8th, EXPO 2000 Hanover GmbH starts its work with five employees. The Federal Government nominates Birgit Breuel as Commissioner General of EXPO 2000 on September 15th. By resolution of the 116th General Meeting of the B.I.E. in Paris on December 7th, the first World Exposition in Germany is registered officially.
1995: On October 30th, selection of the Projects around the World for EXPO 2000 starts with the ideas competition "Town and Region as an Exhibit". On December 22nd, the Supervisory board agrees the concept of the Thematic Area.
1996: On April 22nd, building work begins to develop the Kronsberg site.
1997: Management is reshuffled and EXPO Commissioner General Birgit Breuel additionally becomes Managing Director EXPO 2000 Hanover GmbH; Sepp Heckmann, as a board member of the German Fairs AG, joins the EXPO management team. Dr. Reinhard Volk has been a member of the management team since August 10th, 1996. A three-day carnival at the beginning of September rings in the count-down from 1,000 days until EXPO 2000 – half a million visitors celebrate around and about the Masch Lake in Hanover. On November 17th the first sod is cut for an international pavilion at EXPO 2000 – that of the Netherlands.
1998: The first official EXPO 2000 participants’ contracts are signed on April 2nd with Ethiopia, Jordan, Canada, Uzbekistan, the Holy See and the United Arab Emirates. On June 1st, global advance ticket sales for EXPO 2000 commence. At the Lisbon World Exhibition, EXPO 2000 is previewed in the German pavilion – one of the most-visited of the exhibition. On September 3oth, the last day of EXPO 98, the EXPO flag is ceremonially handed over to Birgit Breuel. On October 28th, the first sod is cut in Hanover for the German pavilion at EXPO 2000.
The Hanover World Exposition 2000
|Year: 2000||City: Hannover||Country: Germany|
|Duration: 1st June - 31th October 2000|