Your Australian World Expositions Connection
- Celebrating Brisbane's World Expo '88 and World Expositions -
Welcome to Celebrate 88 - Australia's leading centre for World Expo '88 - and World Expositions.
This year is an exciting year for reflection and progress.
The 25th Anniversary in 2013 was a watershed year for the celebration and commemoration of World Expo '88 - and with a strong grass roots campaign through the 25th Anniversary People's Committee, led by Executive Director Peter Rasey and myself; a robust new addition of some 200 YouTube videos chronicling the art and people from Expo, at http://www.youtube.com/foundationexpo88/ ; the new Museum of Brisbane stunning Expo 88 retrospective exhibition "Light Fantastic", to which our former body Foundation Expo '88 contributed some 150 items of memorabilia, and numerous events on and around the former Expo site, South Bank Parklands, including on the Kookaburra Queen and at Brisbane's own Eiffel Tower, at Savoir Faire Milton, we were able to achieve more than our wildest dreams.
Soon we shall have the 30th Anniversary on our door-step, where, amongst other things, we hope to have the iconic Expo-commissioned art work Paradigm by USA artist Jon Barlow Hudson, re-erected in a Brisbane City location.
And yet, there is still much more to be done.
Brisbane City is yet to ratify its membership of the Bureau of International Expositions led "Assembly of Expo Cities and Regions" - or known as A.V.E. in its French acronym - which would see World Expo '88 - and Brisbane City - represented on the international stage at the regular Meetings of the Assembly, held at the end of each World Exposition, an invaluable international Expo Cities networking forum - to which Celebrate 88, in its former body as Foundation Expo '88 has attended as an Observer.
And furthermore, we have to continue the World Expo 88 torch to future World Expositions - as Australian participant and/or host. Lamentably, there was no Australian Government Pavilion at Milan Expo 2015, the first time in more than 50 years that Australia has not been represented at a Universal Exposition, and sadly strong representation to the Ministers for Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, led to no avail. We can only hope that this short-sighted decision to not be represented at Milano, with over 140 members of the international community, does not become a precedent for Dubai 2020 and that future Australian Governments will be more generous. We shall continue to lobby Foreign Affairs & Trade for an answer as to why an Australian Government facilitated private enterprise Pavilion could not have been achieved for Milan - and for that matter Astana 2017 as well.
And with regards to hosting of Australian World Expositions, already future Expo bidding cities are looking ahead to 2025, where it will be nearly 40 years since Australia has hosted a World Exposition. When will Australia host again?
We hope to keep you informed whether through these pages, or our Facebook/Twtter stream.
So, whether you are a die-hard World Expo '88 aficionado, or learning about Brisbane's Expo 88 for the first time, WELCOME! We hope you will find here with our website, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube affiliate pages and channels everything you needed to know about World Expo '88 and Australia at World Expositions.
With kind regards,
John R McGregor
Photo: Founder John McGregor and Expo 88 official mascot Expo Oz.
Disclaimer: Celebrate 88 is an independent non-government not-for-profit entity and is not affiliated with the Brisbane Exposition and Southbank Redevelopment Authority, or Southbank Parklands. The author and webmaster/designer of the celebrate88.com website is John McGregor, Founder.