Final preparations for Expo 2016 Antalya in Turkey

Expo 2016 Antalya will open in a month, on April 23rd until October 30th.

Tickets and the activity programme are available on the Expo website:

Expo 2016 Antalya is expected to attract 8 million visits over 6 months. The previously un-woodened 112-ha area chosen for the Expo is now afforested and, aims at constituting a permanent and unique tourist attraction for the region.

With the support and endorsement of both the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and the International Association of Horticultural Producers (AIPH), Expo 2016 Antalya is the first A1 Category International Horticultural Exhibition to be held in Turkey.

The site of Expo 2016 Antalya includes notably Turkey’s first Agriculture and Biodiversity Museum, a tower symbolizing Hadrian's Gate, a greenhouse, Turkey’s largest congress centre, two amphitheatres, an artificial island and a Science and Technology Centre for children.

Through its theme, “Flowers and Children”, the Expo will explore solutions for a green future, more specifically, for a “green life for future generations”. Its aim to develop the concept of ‘Cultivating the Future’ will be addressed through history, biodiversity, sustainability and green city.

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Vicente G. Loscertales, Secretary General of the BIE, comments: “Horticultural Expos share the same goals as World Expos in each of their respective field: education and progress. Expo 2016 Antalya is a wonderful opportunity to focus on the paramount issues of education and innovation, of sustainable environment, and of nature as a source of inspiration for future generations"

More than forty participating countries will introduce their national horticultural tradition emphasising the international diversity. Thirty-eight ‘urban best practices’, selected at both national and international levels, will be displayed in the Urban Best Practices Area introducing innovating solutions to environmental problems, organic farming, biotechnology and agricultural techniques. A series of activities is also planned throughout the Expo to enable children to develop environmental awareness and responsibility.

With conferences, exhibitions, symposiums, national and international congresses, seminars and workshops, Expo 2016 Antalya aims at creating a platform of exchange, and will analyse environmental issues from cultural, historical as well as educational perspectives. Issues such as global warming, ecological farming, the protection of biodiversity, sustainability and food security will also be addressed.

Expo 2016 Antalya
23 April – 30 October 2016, Antalya, Turkey