Today marks the halfway point of EXPO Milano 2015, with another 92 days of the world’s fair remaining. The Estonian pavilion had nearly 1.5 million visitors in the first three months. Our pavilion will continue offering entertainment and various events during the remaining three months.
Over the first three months, the Estonian pavilion has been the venue of a number of events and has been visited by high-level delegations from various countries. There have been meetings with business representatives from several countries, for instance, France, Monaco and Lithuania. The Estonian pavilion has been visited by a number of government officials, including Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves and our Ministers of Entrepreneurship and Culture.
The beginning of June saw the organisation of the Estonian national day and a workshop on Estonia’s tourism sector for local tourism journalists and representatives of the tourism industry. The transport and logistics workshop in the beginning of July was attended by local Italian entrepreneurs who saw a presentation of our services and business opportunities. The pavilion has also featured entertainment events, such as concerts by Estonian orchestras and bands and the Embassy of Fashion show.
The month of August starts with Estonian rye days, followed by celebrations of the Day of Restoration of Independence and an Estonian grill day. One again, there will be opportunities for kiiking, culminating in a kiiking world record attempt in September. The September schedule also features a festival of Estonian craft beers. In October, the Estonian pavilion will be visited by Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas, there will be Robotex events and an IT conference. The program also includes performances by several Estonian bands and DJs.
Furthermore, the permanent exposition “Good Estonian Things” is about to be supplemented. From August, three nesting boxes of the pavilion will showcase ideas developed by students of the Estonian Academy of Arts. In designing two of the boxes, the students have focused on the main themes of EXPO 2015 – food and natural environment, while the third box highlights the pleasures of Estonian winter. From September, the Estonian science box will feature expositions by the Tallinn University of Technology, the University of Tartu, and the Tallinn University.
As half of the world’s fair is now behind us, Enterprise Estonia has started the search for a new owner of the Estonian pavilion. The building has been erected as a temporary structure on a steel frame with concrete foundation, and the new owner would have an opportunity for partial re-purposing of the pavilion. The existing design enables to construct a building similar to the current Estonian pavilion.
The new owner would be responsible for any operations required for re-use and tidying of the site (incl. dismantling and transportation of the pavilion, demolition of foundation, and reconditioning of the site). The building has to be dismantled and the underlying land should be reconditioned by 30 November 2015. Estonia will not charge a price on the sale of the pavilion, but the new owner would be responsible for all expenses of the dismantling project. Any proposals and expressions of purchase interest should be sent by 5 p.m. on 10 August 2015 to email@example.com.