U.S. and Kazakhstani officials joined together for official ‘send-off’ to World Expo in Astana
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The USA Pavilion held its official ‘send-off’ to Expo 2017 Astana, Kazakhstan at an event in Washington, D.C., where U.S. and Kazakhstani representatives previewed the world’s most prominent energy, innovation and person-to-person global event of 2017.
The project is a public-private partnership, led by USAP Expo 2017, the nonprofit organization selected by the U.S. Department of State to design, build, and operate the USA Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017. The USA Pavilion showcases America’s leadership in technology and innovation, and highlights the strong partnership between the people and countries of Kazakhstan and the United States.
“The USA Pavilion is the premier demonstration of America’s energy, innovation and ingenuity on the world’s stage this year,” said Dr. Joshua Walker, President and CEO of the USA Pavilion. “Our Student Ambassadors will welcome guests who will get to see and experience first-hand the future of energy from our amazing sponsors. Today’s send-off is an exciting step in a great journey for the U.S. and Kazakhstani people.”
The Student Ambassador program, facilitated by the Eurasia Foundation, is a foundational component of the USA Pavilion experience. These forty young Americans greet and guide visitors through the Pavilion experience, providing guests first-hand interactions with the next generation of American innovators and leaders. They are college and graduate students, represent 29 states, speak 17 languages and are currently studying subjects from energy and economics to business and diplomacy.
“Our Student Ambassadors are the very best people to represent America at Expo 2017,” said Ambassador George Krol, U.S. Ambassador to Kazakhstan and Commissioner of the USA Pavilion. “The Pavilion will truly reflect America as the source of infinite energy.”
In addition to America’s Student Ambassadors, visitors to the USA Pavilion will see state-of-the-art shows from the award-winning experiential design and production agency, BRC Imagination Arts, whose world expo pavilion work has captivated and inspired international audiences for more than 30 years. The USA Pavilion will also feature interactive displays from top sponsors.
Featuring the theme of The Source of Infinite Energy, the USA Pavilion shares the voices and hopes of the American people with our friends and partners in Kazakhstan and around the globe. The 1100 m2 / 11,840 ft2 exhibition space is broken down into three parts: Theatre 1, Theatre 2 and the Post Show and was produced in partnership with the award-winning design firm, BRC Imagination Arts:
Theatre 1: A Room Full of Energy
Visitors are greeted by a question at the heart of the Pavilion Experience: “What is the Source of Infinite Energy?” As they enter, they are surrounded by images of the United States and greeted by an American Student Ambassador. Following is a film that features America’s spirit of innovation that draws inspiration from the past while highlighting cutting-edge technologies of tomorrow. Afterward the guests are invited into the Energy of Life Theatre experience.
Theatre 2: The Energy of Life
Here visitors experience the most surprising, delightful and unexpected show at the Expo. It’s an emotional expression of the USA Pavilion theme: “The Source of Infinite Energy is within all of us.” The show is displayed across three massive synchronized screens that are further enhanced by a multi-layered floor to ceiling audio and lightening spectacle.
Guests are greeted by the answer to the question in Theatre 1: “WE are the Source of Infinite Energy.” Here our sponsors and partners invite visitors to learn how the United States and Kazakhstan continue to expand upon their successful friendship and how we will continue to work to bring positive solutions to the world.
The USA Pavilion is a public-private partnership and funded exclusively through donations. Corporate sponsors include: Chevron; GE; AES; Citi; ExxonMobil; Fluor; and Mastercard. Supporting companies include Coca-Cola; Cisco; Microsoft; Visa; and WR Grace.
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About Expo 2017 –
Expo 2017 will be held in Astana, Kazakhstan, from June 10th to September 10th, 2017. Through its theme of Future Energy, the Expo convenes and engages the international community regarding issues of sustainable development, research, innovation, and “energy for all.” Expo 2017 also is intended as a venue to foster international understanding through shared art and culture. Over 115 countries are participating, and the Expo will host an estimated 2 million visitors from around the world during the three-month event.
About USA Pavilion 2017 –
USAP Expo 2017 is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization selected by the U.S. Department of State to design, build, and operate the USA Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017.
The USAP Expo 2017 team includes some of America’s top experiential design, operations, communications and diplomacy professionals from the private, nonprofit, government and academic sectors with extensive experience in Expos, Kazakhstan and the wider Eurasian region.