2023 Buenos Aires
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BIE-classSpecialized exposition
CategoryInternational Recognized Exhibition
MottoScience, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence
Area124.580 m2[1]
CountriesMore than 100 (est.)
CityBuenos Aires
Coordinates34°33′31″S 58°30′41″W / 34.55861°S 58.51139°W / -34.55861; -58.51139
Bidding15 December 2016[2]
Awarded15 November 2017
Opening15 January 2023
Closure15 April 2023
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2017 in Astana
NextExpo 2027
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2020 in Dubai
NextExpo 2025 in Osaka
Horticultural expositions
PreviousFloriade 2022 in Almere

Expo 2023 was the name given to a cancelled specialized exhibition that was initially scheduled to be held in 2023 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.[3] The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) awarded Buenos Aires as the host on November 15, 2017. This was to have been the first time that a BIE Expo was held in Argentina, and the first in Latin America since BIE's creation.[4] The 1875 exposition was the last one held in Latin America. In October 2020, Argentina announced that due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Argentina and the ensuing financial crisis, the Expo would not be held as planned in 2023.[5][6]


The expo was scheduled to take place between 15 January and 15 April 2023.[3]

The estimated number of visitors was 9.4 million, with 79% visiting for a day and 4% international visitors.[7]

Over 100 countries were expected to participate.[7]


The exhibition will have a theme of “Science, Innovation, Art and Creativity for Human Development. Creative Industries in Digital Convergence”.[3] It will have three sub themes: "How digital convergence reshapes the creative industries and everyday life", "Socio-economic impacts of the creative industries in digital convergence", and "Cultural impacts of the creative industries in digital convergence".[8]


Building works

The expo called for proposals for six building works as part of a "Architectural ideas Competition".[9] There were 200 submissions from over 2000 participants.[10]

The projects were for the Argentine Pavilion; Mini Stadium and International Pavilion; International Pavilions; Antenna and Viewpoint; Thematic Pavilions; and Public Space, Boulevard and Bridge.[10]

The second for the “Small Stadium and the International Pavilions Building” which was to update two existing buildings and to creating a connecting foyer.[9] Walter Casola was the winning architect for this.[9]

The sixth project for public spaces includes a bridge to cross the Avenida General Paz linking two parts of the exposition ground and act as future legacy.[11] The winning architects are Rodrigo Grassi; María Hojman; Karla Montauti; and Pablo Pschepiurca.[11]


The "Recognition Dossier" for the Argentine expo was submitted to the BIE on 14 January 2019.[12] On 14 October 2020 the government told the BIE that they will not be able to host as planned and need more time.[13]


There were two other bids to host the specialized exhibition. Łódź, Poland submitted the bid with a “City Re:Invented” theme on 15 June 2016.[14]

And Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States submitted a bid with theme “Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All”.

A secret ballot took place to select the winner at BIE's 162nd General Assembly on 15 November 2017. The first ballot awarded 46 votes to both Buenos Aires and Łódź, with Minneapolis gathering only 25 (and 1 abstention). This meant that Minneapolis was eliminated and a second round ballot held which gave 62 votes to Buenos Aires and 56 to Łódź.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Masterplan | Expo 2023 - Argentina - Buenos Aires". Archived from the original on 2017-11-16. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  2. ^ "ExpoBids.com / Bids for Expo 2022 or Expo 2023". Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d "Argentina elected host country of Specialised Expo 2023". Retrieved 15 November 2017.
  4. ^ "EXPO - EXPO 2023". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  5. ^ "La Argentina se bajó de la organización y no será sede de la Expo Mundial 2023, un megaevento de impacto global - LA NACION". La Nación (in Spanish).
  6. ^ "Argentina renunció a ser sede de la Expo Mundial 2023 - Diario El Sol. Mendoza, Argentina" (in Spanish).
  7. ^ a b "InPark Magazine – Expo 2023 Argentina Buenos Aires: Exclusive interview with Mr. Hernan Lombardi". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  8. ^ "THEME - EXPO 2023". Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  9. ^ a b c "The "Small Stadium and International Pavilions Building" Contest has a winning project. Take a look at it! - EXPO 2023". Retrieved 18 October 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Introducing the winning projects for the six architectural ideas contests for the Expo 2023 site. - EXPO 2023". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  11. ^ a b "Take a look at the winning project idea for the Public Spaces and Pedestrian Bridge for Expo 2023 - EXPO 2023". Retrieved 19 October 2020.
  12. ^ "Argentina submits Expo 2023 Recognition Dossier to BIE". Retrieved 16 February 2019.
  13. ^ "La Argentina se bajó de la organización y no será sede de la Expo Mundial 2023, un megaevento de impacto global - LA NACION". La Nación (in Spanish).
  14. ^ "Republic of Poland submits bid for Specialised Expo 2022". Retrieved 16 November 2017.