UK Pavilion at Astana Expo 2017

The UK is participating at Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan from 10 June to 10 September 2017. The core theme of the Expo is ‘Future Energy’ and aims to highlight issues around:

  • reducing CO2 emissions
  • living energy-efficiency
  • energy for all

More than 100 nations are participating in the Expo including many of the UK’s major trading partners. Astana Expo 2017 offers a global platform to promote the UK’s international agendas and showcase British innovation, creativity and global leadership.

The UK will create a stand-out Pavilion inspired by the theme of ‘Future Energy’. It will promote the UK as a business and visitor destination during a 3 month programme of business, cultural and thought leadership events.


We are keen for businesses from a wide range of backgrounds to get involved in the UK Pavilion. There are many ways to get involved:


Sponsors are important for the delivery of the UK Pavilion. Through sponsorship, your business can gain visibility, access to the Pavilion for corporate use as well as a range of other benefits. Shell, Aggreko, Vitol, the Institute of Chartered Accounts England and Wales, WNY, Manchester University, DDCAP, Sysco Av are among the current sponsors.

If you are interested in sponsorship, contact, sponsorship manager.


Participation in EXPO 2017 is part of a long-term commercial strategy with Kazakhstan. In November 2015, President Nazarbayev visted London and signed £3 billion of trade deals. The UK presence at EXPO 2017 will help promote new areas of business.

The UK will promote the following business sectors through a series of events:

  • oil and gas
  • mining
  • financial and professional services

UK trade missions lead by high-level guests will highlight trade and investment opportunities and the British Council will lead a cultural and educational programme.

Business Partnering

If you are looking to export to Kazakhstan in advance of the Expo, Department for International Trade (DIT) can give support and further advice. For more information, please see Exporting to Kazakhstan.

The UK Pavilion at Astana

The theme of the UK Pavilion is ‘We Are Energy’. It is being designed by a talented British consortium comprising KBW, WOO and Asif Khan. It has a footprint of 1,100 sq.m. Expo hosts estimate 2 million visitors to the site.

The UK Pavilion will focus on UK innovations and discoveries that have changed the way we live our lives, transforming communities (steam locomotion), people (electromagnetic radiation), the world (turbojet engine), and everything (www). It will ask visitors to imagine a new future, fuelled by the properties of the advanced material, graphene, discovered by Nobel Prize winning UK scientists at Manchester University.

Construction of the UK Pavilion in Astana is being led by Nussli following official site handover to UK Commissioner Rt Hon Charles Hendry.

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