Category A1 International Horticultural Exhibition
01/04/2016 - 31/10/2016
Flowers and Children
Horticultural Expo 2016 was a unique opportunity to gain an insight in horticulture and sustainable development in innovative ways.
The subthemes of Expo 2016 Antalya were History, Biodiversity, Sustainability and Green Cities. The event was organised in order to support ecological and natural agriculture, to build knowledge of the environment and to help find alternative energy sources and solutions for environmental issues. During the six months of the Expo, various national and international conferences, seminars and panel discussions were held around the main theme and sub-themes, addressing issues such as global warming, ecological farming, the protection of biodiversity, sustainability and food security.
The horticultural traditions of over 50 international participants were exhibited along with 38 ‘urban best practices’, selected from throughout the world. These included smart solutions in agricultural techniques, organic farming, biotechnology, sustainability and answers to environmental problems.
Expo Antalya 2016 took place on an afforested 112-hectare site in Aksu, Antalya, developed in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way.
The attractions on the site are being maintained in the post-Expo period, representing a long-term asset for Antalya’s tourism.
The site of Expo 2016 Antalya notably includes Turkey’s first Museum of Agriculture and Biodiversity, a tower symbolizing Hadrian's Gate, Turkey’s largest congress centre, two amphitheatres, an artificial island and a Biodiversity Theme Track for children, an Expo Lake and a plant statue exhibition.
Designed in the shape of an ear of wheat, the Museum of Agriculture and Biodiversity offers visitors a journey through the history of agriculture from 12,500 years ago to the present.
The Expo introduced visitors to the gardening culture of participating countries. One of the main symbols of Antalya - Hadrian's Gate - was symbolised by the 111-meter high Expo Tower, with three viewing platforms - two outdoors and one enclosed - from which Expo visitors had the opportunity to enjoy views over the Antalyan landscape.
A conference centre was designed with a main hall that has a seating capacity of up to 5,000. The total capacity amounts to 9,500 people – including the Indoor Gardens, representing one of the most important and permanent legacies that the Expo has left to Antalya.
The two amphitheatres (one with the capacity to seat 800 and the other one to seat 5,000 visitors) hosted a range of events throughout the Expo, including National Days and other cultural events held by participating countries. Art performances or concerts by famous artists were scheduled at regular intervals during the Expo, while the small amphitheatre hosted events and shows, generally for children.
The Expo site also featured special areas dedicated to kids such as the Children's Island with its comfortable playing area, enabling children to learn whilst having fun. Following the Expo, the Island is being made available for school visits. A Biodiversity Theme Track, also specially designed for kids, is divided into three sections, corresponding to the three bio-geographical regions of Anatolia, the Euro-Siberian the Irano-Turanian and the Mediterranean floras.
Other features of the Expo site include a terrace in the shape of the peony flower, symbol of Expo 2016, the Expo Hill, the Expo Forest, and Expo Lake, where regular light, sound and water shows were held.
The Expo Hill and the Expo Forest hosted the different gardening cultures of participating countries, where visitors could discover the diversity of horticultural products and the variety of ecosystems present around the world. Thousands of different species were showcased throughout numerous gardens and greenhouses. More particularly, 100 plant statues, the first of their kind in Turkey and largest ever held in the world in terms of scale and plant compositions, were created for the Expo