EXPO 2016 flag handed over to China
EXPO 2016 Antalya International Horticulture Exposition closing ceremony was held at EXPO 2016 Congress Centre, on 30th October,2016. . EXPO 2016 opened its doors on April 22 and stayed open for 6 months since then. International Horticultural Plant Producers Association (AIPH) President Bernard Oosterom, Director of Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) Steen Christensen, Turkey’s Minister of Agriculture, Food and Livestock and Chairman of Board of Directors of EXPO 2016 Antalya Faruk Çelik attended the ceremony as well as Governor of Antalya Münir Karaloğlu, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Menderes Türel, ambassadors, members of EXPO 2016 Antalya Board of Directors and representatives from participant countries.
EXPO 2016 Antalya has become a cultural, educational and commercial meeting point for countries throughout its run. The show on the stage was witnessing that. Dozens of children with their costumes took to the stage in front of a giant screen on which animal figures were reflected to stage a dance show honouring the theme of EXPO, “Flower and Children”.
A video representation explaining what has done throughout EXPO’s 191 day run was reflected on to the screen after Turkish National Anthem and BIE’s anthem were played.
More than 30 thousand events were organized during Expo Antalya, including 16 thousand activities for children, 500 theatre spectacles, 400 stage shows and 150 concerts, 50 of which featured artists from abroad.
After speeches, EXPO flag was handed over to Deputy Mayor of Beijing Cheng Hong for EXPO 2019 which will be organized by China in Chinese capital with the theme “Live green, live better”.