UK National Day at Milan Expo 2015 is a series of cultural and business events designed to inform and entertain international visitors on what the UK has to offer the world, especially in sustainable urbanisation.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, and UK Minister for Trade and Investment, Lord Maude of Horsham, will be in Milan on National Day to meet with UK and international businesses at the Expo.
UK National Day is timed to coincide with Her Majesty The Queen’s official birthday celebrations, which take place around the world.
What’s happening on National Day
Programmes on sustainable cities
During the week, thought-leadership programmes will take place on sustainable urbanisation and the social economy.
These are part of the GREAT Week of Sustainability, a series of trade missions bringing UK companies to meet major buyers, potential partners and business prospects from around the world.
Focus on social investment
Lord Maude of Horsham, UK Minister for Trade and Investment, will meet UK thought-leaders helping to develop the UK’s social investment market.
International fund managers, investors and businesses will attend a social economy roundtable event as part of the UK’s GREAT Week of Sustainability.
A UK delegation of social enterprises and financial intermediaries will promote their organisations and meet international leaders in this growing business sector.
Drama, dance, music and food
Throughout National Day, visitors to Milan Expo will be invited to experience the UK’s creativity.
The UK Pavilion at the Expo has attracted over 12,000 visitors daily and is a symbol of UK creativity and innovation. The Pavilion will host drama and dance, video and music, bringing the UK at Milan Expo themes to life.
Three acts will highlight how the UK has built a reputation for being a welcoming, diverse and open nation, and how its innovations contribute to food sustainability.
World renowned chef Anton Mosimann has created a special menu and is behind the UK Pavilion’s terrace restaurant which serves some of the finest UK dishes using fresh regional ingredients.
Musician Emma Morton will provide the entertainment in the evening at the terrace.
VisitBritain and the UK Department for Food, Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) will hold a special event at the pavilion focussing on the UK’s regional gastronomy (cooking and food) as an authentic element of the British countryside.
Alongside VisitWales and VisitScotland, they will highlight British food trails and the stories behind unique British food names with protected status, including Walker’s Melton Mowbray Pork Pies and Cumberland Sausages.
This event supports VisitBritain’s mission to grow inbound tourism to Britain and improve how international visitors see the UK.