10th June – 10th September 2017
The UK’s participation at this three-month long global event is part of a commitment to building a long-term relationship across all UK interests in Kazakhstan and the wider region. It is a key market for UK oil, gas, and mining, worth £40bn annually to the economy and in which the UK is widely regarded as a global technology leader.
The ‘Future Energy’ Expo is expected to attract two million visitors and is the first one to be held in a member country of the Commonwealth of Independent States (the former USSR).
The UK Pavilion at Astana has been designed by Asif Khan with renowned musician Brian Eno composing an original soundscape and the Professor of Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh, Catherine Heymans, developing the scientific context.
A three-month-long business opportunity in central-Asia’s fastest growing economy where the UK will showcase global expertise in energy-related sectors as well as its creative and educational strengths.
Kazakhstan is located in Central Asia at the junction of Europe and Asia. Astana means capital in Kazakh.
The UK will deliver a stand-out visitor experience through the UK Pavilion at Expo, which is also the hub for a curated programme of public and private events.
The UK Pavilion will be a multi-sensory experience involving film, technology, sound and animation, exploring the origins of energy and culminating in a 360° computer-generated universal landscape with an illuminated structure at its centre, inspired by human ingenuity.
The visitor will learn about UK discoveries that have changed the way people connect and communicate with each other from steam locomotion through the turbojet engine to the world wide web; visitors will be introduced to the latest discovery of the advanced material graphene by UK scientists which has the potential to radically alter the way we produce and consume energy.