Commemoration of a key event of the year, EXPO 2015 world exposition2015-12-03
Yesterday, on 2 December, the Palace of the Grand Dukes in Vilnius hosted an event to commemorate some of the most important events presenting Lithuania on international stage, i.e. EXPO 2015 world exposition held in Milan.
According to Kęstutis Trečiokas, Minister of Environment, “In just 6 months, we have successfully revealed to the world our past and present, presented our culture and traditions, our accomplishments in the fields of science and sustainable development, ways to visit Lithuania and enjoy Lithuanian cuisine, as well as our beautiful landscape. Everything was accomplished, professionally and diligently, by our own people, and I want to take this opportunity to thank them, with all my heart, for the work well done”. The Minister believes that the outcome of the exposition is just as important; it may be limited to impressions, or include some tangible results, or some tangible legacy.
Expo 2015, a world exposition hosted in Milan, lasted for 6 months, and was a true success to Lithuania. Just as expected, the Lithuanian national pavilion, throughout the period, attracted over 1.5 million visitors.
The exposition ran from 1 May to 31 October under a motto “Feeding the Planet. Energy for Life”. One hall (out of 2) of the Lithuanian pavilion was dedicated to the history of the Lithuanian cuisine, traditions, and values; it stressed the natural beauty, riches of the country, along with its long-lasting links to other countries world over, including links to Italy and specifically Milan, serving as a venue of the exposition. Exhibits very popular with the Italian visitors included pieces from the Lithuanian Art Museum and the Palace of the Grand Dukes of Lithuania.
Since the exhibits of the Lithuanian pavilion included a fork from the era of Bona Sforza and a few tiles discovered during excavations in Lithuania and decorated with symbols of Milan, it lead to a huge exposition dedicated to the Palace of the Grand Dukes in the historic Sforza Castle, a top museum in Milan. The last exposition was opened by the President Dalia Grybauskaitė on the eve of the Lithuanian National Day.
The visitors had a pleasant surprise of numerous opportunities to taste Lithuanian cuisine, arranged in the White Hall of the Lithuanian pavilion, and dedicated to the modern period. A few dozen Lithuanian companies presented their products over the period of 6 months. Presentations of organic food and, most importantly, offering Vytautas, Lithuanian mineral water for free throughout the exposition, took the pavilion to the leading ranking in a certain category in the competition of sustainable exposition, run by the Italian Ministry of Environment.
EXPO 2015 was a meeting point for over 140 countries world over, convened at the exposition. The members were given an area of over 100 ha to introduce some of their best culinary traditions and national culture. 53 countries, Lithuania included, held their own separate pavilions. This marks the 11th occasion Lithuania presents itself at the world exposition. On 6 occasions, the Ministry of Environment, was placed in charge of the national presentation at the expositions.
The next international exposition, EXPO 2017, will be hosted by Astana (Kazakhstan), while the one after, a world exposition in Dubai (UAE) will open in autumn 2020, and run until spring 2021, when the country will commemorate its 50th anniversary.
As for Lithuania, it has already decided to take part in EXPO 2017, an international exposition in Astana; preparation is already under way. The exposition dedicated to the “Future energy” expects to welcome at least a hundred of participants and 5 million visitors.