June - September
UK at Astana programme
The UK will deliver an inspiring cultural, education and business programme with a number of highly regarded UK institutions including the British Council, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, University of Manchester and National Graphene Institute; Natural History Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry.
The theme of the UK Pavilion is ‘We Are Energy’ and designed by a talented British consortium comprising KBW, WOO and Asif Khan.
The UK’s business programme will focus on strengthening UK-Kazakhstan relations in the oil, gas and mining sectors as well as infrastructure and technology. The UK is the first country to propose an end date to using unabated coal and believes that a range of energy sources such as nuclear, offshore wind and shale gas have roles to play in the low-carbon energy mix. The UK is one of the best places in the world to invest in renewable energy as well as being widely regarded as technology leaders and innovators in the fields of oil and gas. In mining solutions, the UK has an unrivalled range expertise, products and services.
Here are just a few of the highlights – full programme details can be found here
• June – UK National Day with the London Contemporary Ballet Theatre plus UK street performance and music across the Expo site; British Council's 'City Nomads' exhibition opens on 23rd June at the National Museum and runs until end of August.
• July – the 'Bring the Happy' initiative led by Invisible Flock Theatre Company runs throughout July in the Keruen Mall; 'The Universe', a new Anglo-Kazakh collaboration between composer Karl Jenkins and violinist, Marat Bisengaliev premiers on 19th July.
• August – Cabaret theatre from Invisible Flock at the Astana Music Hall; 'Under the Skin' concert from the London Contemporary Orchestra at Astana Ballet and a Cultural Leadership Forum at Expo sharing best practice from the UK's creative economy.
See the programme for more details.
The EXPO is an opportunity for the UK to showcase its creativity and innovation across a wide variety of sectors to an international audience.
The EXPO runs from June to September 2017, in Astana, Kazakhstan.
The UK presence at EXPO 2017 will help promote new areas of business including oil and gas; mining; financial and professional services.
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.