The first world’s fair took place in London in 1851. These fairs have been designed to both entertain as well as inform. You may not have known but many landmarks and national symbols have come out of these world fairs (think Seattle Space Needle, Golden Gate Bridge, and Eiffel Tower to name a few). These fairs are great opportunities for the general public to learn about emerging technologies, socio-political issues, and other cultures. At such a low fare, these fairs allow people of all classes to mingle; it is not intended for only the ultra-rich and celebrities of the globe. A bit about this specific expo from the Expo Milan website:
Expo Milano 2015 is the Universal Exhibition that Milan, Italy, will host from May 1 to October 31, 2015. Over this six-month period, Milan will become a global showcase where more than 140 participating countries will show the best of their technology that offers a concrete answer to a vital need: being able to guarantee healthy, safe and sufficient food for everyone, while respecting the Planet and its equilibrium. In addition to the exhibitor nations, the Expo also involves international organizations, and expects to welcome over 20 million visitors to its 1.1 million square meters of exhibition area.
A platform for the exchange of ideas and shared solutions on the theme of food, stimulating each country’s creativity and promoting innovation for a sustainable future, Expo 2015 will give everyone the opportunity to find out about, and taste, the world’s best dishes, while discovering the best of the agri-food and gastronomic traditions of each of the exhibitor countries.
See below for some promotion videos or click here to visit the exhibition’s website.