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Progressing the World Expo '88 Vision
- A non-government not-for-profit entity celebrating Brisbane's World Expo '88 -

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A.V.E. and Foundation Expo '88
The Assembly of Expo Cities and Regions
« Association des Villes et Régions Hôtes d'Expositions Internationales »

Foundation Expo '88 attended the first meeting of the Assembly of Expo Cities and Regions, held at the site of the Universal Exposition of Seville, at the Seville World Trade Centre, October 9-12, 2002, during the 10th Anniversary Celebrations of Seville's Expo '92.

This, the inaugural meeting of the Assembly, was the opportunity to establish a discourse on the Assembly's aims and goals -

* Constructing a network for Expo Cities and Regions - Past, Present, and Future
* Sharing Expo-essential knowledge and skills - from pre-Exposition and post-Exposition development strategies, to pre-, during-, and post-Exposition planning, operations and management
* Creating new ways in which to celebrate each Expo City and/or Region's unique World Expositions heritage, through greater commemorative presence at the City/Region level, as well as at the internet and international level
* Hosting in principle a bi-annual A.V.E. Assembly at an Assembly member present, past, or future Expo City/Region

Founded by the Paris-based Bureau of International Exhibitions in Hannover 2000 - site of the year 2000 World Exposition, the Assembly's initial membership base comprised of the cities of Hannover, Lisboa, Sevilla, Aichi, Montreal and Vancouver. These Cities/Regions, and several other interested members, attended the First Assembly in Seville, 2002, which was also attended by Foundation Expo '88 Executive Director, John McGregor, then attending as an individual volunteer assistant. It was McGregor's experience at A.V.E. that formed the crucial structure for the development of the Foundation Expo '88 project - according to A.V.E. principles - with the goal of establishing:

1. A comprehensive website for World Expo '88
2. An incorporated historical association
3. A permanent commemorative Museum for World Expo '88

With one goal forming the Foundation for the next, the Foundation - and interest in the Foundation's work - has grown from strength to strength - the website - now at a dedicated domain name - https://www.celebrate88.com - proudly communicates the rich cultural heritage of World Expo '88 via an enriched visual interface, with a potpourri of official and individual contributions, as well as the humourous and anecdotal - and features custom-made for the visitor's desktop - from favicon and shortcut icons, a World Expo '88 Mouse Pointer set, screensavers, wallpaper and more.

Although Brisbane City Council has yet to ratify its membership of A.V.E., Celebrate 88 has attended two Assemblies of the organisation at Shanghai 2010 and Yeosu 2012, and provided notes to the Lord Mayor of Brisbane on the outcomes of the assemblies.

For notes on Celebrate 88's attendance at Shanghai 2010 and Yeosu 2012, please view the following documents:

* Shanghai World Expo 2010 - A Report

* Yeosu World Expo 2012 - An Overview - by Foundation Expo '88

It is hoped that sometime in future Brisbane City can ratify its membership and make the most of the Assembly's networking and other advantages.

Newsletters, the official A.V.E. statutes, and the latest A.V.E. updates, as well as current membership base, can be viewed at the A.V.E. pages at the Bureau web-site - https://www.bie-paris.org.

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