Belgium at Expo 2025 Osaka
International expos: in 2025, the next World Expo will take place in Osaka with the theme 'Designing Future Society for Our Lives'. Preparations for that World Expo are in full swing. The winning design for the Belgian pavilion has been announced. The pavilion will be built by the team of Carré 7, Beyond Limits, OneDesigns, Pirnay Engineering and Polytech Engineering and their subcontractors: JMA, Make It Right, A-tech, Arter and Nihon Housing.
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Expo 2025 Osaka
On 23 November 2018, Osaka, Japan was chosen as the host city for Expo 2025 Osaka. The World Expo will take place from 13 April 2025 to 13 October 2025. Read all about the Expo and Belgian participation here.
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BelExpo: who are we?
BelExpo, or the Belgian Commission General for International Exhibitions, was established in 2018 as the government body responsible for Belgium's participation in international and World Expos.
We are a small team that realises big projects. For this, we can also count on the support of other government organisations and regional partners. Want to know more about BelExpo and our partners? Read it here.
A quick word
Belgium is a founding and active member of the Bureau International des Expositions and is home to the capital of the European Union. This gives it a special responsibility, despite its small size on a global scale. We are working accordingly.
We want to live up to our reputation for architectural design and integration into the pavilion space. Once again, the project we have already selected will attract visitors' attention, visually translate the theme of the exhibition and, of course, illustrate our industrial know-how and our "art de vivre".
The content of the Belgian Pavilion will match the setting. We've chosen to focus on our scientific research, economic successes and industrial flagships, without neglecting the cultural and gourmet attractions that are part of the Belgian collective imagination and are always a great success.
This presentation of contemporary Belgium will also allow us to showcase federal collaboration through the promotion of our regions and communities, which will be articulated within our space. Once again, we will illustrate the principle of unity in diversity underpinning the European project.
This World Expo will open up an extraordinary showcase, attracting some 150,000 visitors a day from the four corners of the globe. Our aim is to attract as many of them as possible and to encourage them to cross the threshold of our pavilion and visit us, to forge economic, scientific, and cultural partnerships with our operators, and even to make long-term investments in our country, which is increasingly well placed at the crossroads of all trade. Our historic links with Japan are an asset that we will be making the most of on this occasion.
Thank you to all those who will make this event a global success.
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister
Minister for the Economy and Employment
I have been lucky enough to experience 2 of them. Expo 2010 Shanghai and Expo 2020 Dubai, with 10 years in between....
The most striking differences, apart from the identities of the different host countries
Expo, meanwhile, takes place largely online. While 2010 still used a lot of paper and face-to-face meetings, Dubai went fully digital.
More convenient and efficient on the one hand, a lack of human contact and less creativity on the other.
More social... the days when only the intelligentsia visited Expo are over. The internet has opened up the world to everyone and generated curiosity in everyone. All social strata now want to see and experience the world. Expo is the place for that.
The biggest difference between the two expos for me personally, was the collaboration with the team. While in Dubai we worked with almost exclusively Belgian staff, in Shanghai we opted for more local people. This was mainly based on the language in China. The daily and close contact with local people at the pavilion was a very special experience. We learned an awful lot about the local culture as a result! This also benefited our partners and sponsors.
The future? Even more than in previous editions, we need to seize all opportunities. Now you have to take full advantage of every platform provided to make a lasting impression. Social media, providing keynote speakers at Expo's content forums, cultural events that appeal to the masses ... Our country needs to put itself in the spotlight.
A great challenge awaits BelExpo in Osaka. I wish them every success!
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FIRST WORLD EXPO
EXPO 2025 OSAKA
Belgium has a long-standing tradition of participating in World Expos and is even among the founding members of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).