Celebration of Spain’s National Day at Expo 2017 Astana

July 21, 2017 | Expo pavilions

The President of Spain’s Parliament, Ana Pastor, presided over the celebrations of Spain’s National Day at Expo 2017 Astana.

Spain’s Pavilion, with over 130,000 visitors in the first month since the opening of the Expo, has been designed and executed by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño with the motto Energy for the Planet.

Spain’s National Day at Expo 2017 Astana, 17th July, featured the presence of the President of Parliament, Ana Pastor. In the next few days, Spain’s Pavilion, designed and executed by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD), will host several activities with the aim of sharing Spanish culture with the world.

During the visit, the President was accompanied by the Vice President of the Kazakhstani Lower House, Gulmira Isimbayeva, the president of Acción Cultural Española and State Secretary for Culture, Fernando Benzo, -also the curator of the Pavilion -, the Spanish ambassador to Kazakhstan, Pedro Sanz, and the CEO of AC/E, Elvira Marco.

Coordinated by Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), -public agency responsible for managing Spain’s presence in world and international expos-, the motto for Spain’s Pavilion is Spain. Energy for the Planet, and highlights the country’s role in the development of renewable energies and its contribution to the development of the Expo’s central theme, showing the world how and why Spain is using these energies and its commitment with the environment and nature.

In total, the pavilion occupies 868 m2 on a single floor, presenting Spain’s wealth of renewable natural resources, the global innovation and pioneering potential of Spanish companies in the sector, the problem of climate change and the need to treat the planet and its sources of energy in a responsible manner.

Spain’s Pavilion and the exhibition on display

Spain’s Pavilion, designed and executed by ACCIONA Producciones y Diseño (APD) in collaboration with Frade Arquitectos, presents a creative, conceptual, evocative and metaphorical design in form, that is educational and informative in substance and exhibition content.

Its specific motto, Energy for the planet, is synthetically reflected in its interior in a large map of the world that highlights all the pioneering renewable energy projects in which Spanish companies are involved in over 70 countries. This contribution by corporate activity, research centres and cooperation projects is consistent with the strong use of renewable energies in Spain.

The central space of the Pavilion is a square with three buildings: the first, The Time for Renewables, transmits the global need to advance towards a carbon-less energy model, based on renewable energies. A short animation film tells visitors that the time for these energies has arrived; the evolution of traditional energy models has led us to a sustainable and carbonless energy model.

The second building, Visionaries, Pioneers, Innovators, features specific examples of renewable and new energy projects and solutions, designed and introduced in Spain in recent decades that are leading the way for many projects focusing on carbonless energy.

The third, Spain, Energy for the Planet, includes a spectacular immersive film projection showing images that summarise the landscape and variety of solutions and facilities producing clean renewable energy that are currently operating in Spain. This space presents the creative and technological capabilities of Spanish companies and the solid experience being offered to the the world in this field.

A “living” tree, found in the square’s centre, the global village all citizens inhabit, synthesises the need for humanity as a whole to search for balanced and sustainable solutions to develop in harmony with the planet.

Spain’s Pavilion, with over 130,000 visitors in the first month since the Expo’s opening, expects to attract over 3 million visitors by the end of the Expo.

17-26 July Spain’s Week programme

Until July 26th, Spain’s Pavilion will offer a wide range of activities that began on the 17th with the Official Ceremony at the National Day Stage (NDS), with the participation of the dancers of Compañía Flamenca, the representation of the street theatre company’s show Carros de Foc outside Spain’s Pavilion and the participatory reading of Don Quijote de La Mancha (in Russian) at the NDS.

Between 18th and 21st July, there will be a daily feature outside Spain’s Pavilion at 7pm, and between the 17th and the 26th July, the street theatre company Carros de Foc will perform several times a day in the Pavilion and its surroundings.

APD at Expo 2017 Astana

At Expo 2017 Astana, APD has participated developing three pavilions: APD has designed and implemented the Spanish Pavilion; has carried out the technical development and implementation of the exhibition area of the UAE Pavilion and has completed the technical development and the implementation of the exhibition area of two floors of the Kazakhstan Pavilion, the hosting nation and focal point of the event.

A total of 200 people have been involved in the different APD projects related to this event. An exercise in coordination, creativity and cutting edge to raise awareness among present generations of the importance of an energy consumption that takes into consideration future needs.