2027 Belgrade
BIE-classSpecialized exposition
CategoryInternational Recognized Exhibition
NameEXPO 2027
MottoPlay for Humanity: Sport and Music for All
Visitorsto be determined
Bidding28 July 2021 (2021-07-28)
Awarded21 June 2023 (2023-06-21)
Opening15 May 2027 (2027-05-15)
Closure15 August 2027 (2027-08-15)
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2023 in Buenos Aires (cancelled)
NextExpo 2033
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2025 in Osaka
NextExpo 2030 in Riyadh
Horticultural expositions
PreviousExpo 2023 in Doha
NextExpo 2027 in Yokohama

Expo 2027 (Serbian: ЕКСПО 2027/EKSPO 2027) is the working title for a BIE recognised specialised exposition to be held in 2027 in Belgrade, Serbia. It is scheduled to begin on 15 May 2027 and close on 15 August 2027. This will be first world exposition to be held in the former Yugoslavia.[1]

Bidding process


Five countries submitted competing candidatures to organise a Specialised Expo in either 2027 or 2028: the United States of America (in Minnesota[2]), Thailand (in Phuket[3]), Serbia (in Belgrade), Spain (in Malaga[4]), and Argentina (in San Carlos de Bariloche).

The candidature list closed on 28 January 2022. Each candidate submitted a detailed candidature dossier by 7 June 2022,[5] and the BIE then organised Enquiry Missions, assessing the feasibility and viability of each candidature project. Serbia was elected as the host country of Specialised Expo 2027/28 by BIE Member States, gathered in the 172nd General Assembly which took place on 21 June 2023.[6]


Minnesota had previously bid for Expo 2023 with Healthy People, Healthy Planet: Wellness and Well Being for All.[7]

The theme for this bid for 2027 was Healthy People, Healthy Planet[8] and would have been held in Bloomington, Minnesota[9] adjacent to the Mall of America and the Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and close to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. The expected number of visitors was 13.3 million.[9]

Minnesota was the first to formally submit their bid on 29 July 2021.[6] A group of BIE officials visited the site in October 2022[10] to hear presentations that included renderings of proposed structures designed by DLR Group[11] for the expo.[12] This would have been the first World Fair to be held in the Western Hemisphere since Expo 86.[13]


The theme for this bid for 2028 was Future of Life: Living in Harmony, Sharing Prosperity.


The theme of this winning bid for 2027 is Play for Humanity – Sport and Music for All.[14] Official Expo Belgrade 2027 site: https://expobelgrade2027.org/


The theme for this bid for 2027 which would have been called The Urban Era: towards the sustainable city[15] intended to focus on the UN's sustainability goals.[15] If chosen it would've been held between 5 June and 5 September 2027.

It would've taken place in the Buenavista area within the Campanillas district[16] very near the University of Málaga and the Málaga International Airport that has a capacity for 35 million passengers every year. It was the first city to be officially interested in hosting this expo and also the only city that was officially visited by the BIE to examine the proposed terrane and learn more about the project before closing the candidatures.[17]

Expo2027 Malaga had the support of a large part of institutions, entities, associations, federations and companies of the city.[18]

San Carlos de Bariloche

The theme for this bid for 2027 was Nature + Technology = sustainable energy. A viable future for humanity.[19]


A secret ballot took place to select the winner at BIE's 172nd General Assembly on 21 June 2023. The first ballot awarded 54 votes to Belgrade, Málaga were given 42 votes, Minnesota earned 19 votes and Phuket was given 16 votes, with San Carlos de Bariloche gathering only 8 (and 1 abstention). This meant that San Carlos de Bariloche was eliminated. The second ballot awarded Belgrade 69 votes, Málaga was given 48 votes, Minnesota 21 votes, with Phuket gathering only 15 (with 1 abstention), eliminating Phuket. The third ballot awarded Belgrade 74 votes and earned Málaga 53 votes, with Minnesota gathering only 23 votes (and 2 abstentions). This meant Minnesota was eliminated. In the final, fourth round ballot 81 votes were given to Belgrade and 70 to Málaga.[20]


  1. ^ "About". Retrieved 28 July 2021.
  2. ^ "168th General Assembly of the BIE". Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Thailand applies to organise Specialised Expo 2028 in Phuket". 11 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Spain applies to organise Specialised Expo 2027 in Malaga". Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  5. ^ "Five countries submit candidature dossiers to organise Specialised Expo 2027/28".
  6. ^ a b "List of candidates for Specialised Expo 2027/28". Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  7. ^ "Argentina elected host country of Specialised Expo 2023". Retrieved 26 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Minnesota is going for the World's Fair again, after nearly landing it for 2023 – Twin Cities". 20 November 2018. Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  9. ^ a b "Is the World's Fair Coming to Minnesota? - Starting Up North". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  10. ^ Tribune, Jessie Van Berkel Star. "Minnesota makes pitch for World's Fair estimated to generate roughly $2.5B". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  11. ^ "DLR Group Represents USA's Bid for World's Expo in 2027". acppubs.com. Retrieved 2023-04-24.
  12. ^ Schuster, Christine. "Renderings unveiled for potential World's Fair in Bloomington". Bring Me The News. Retrieved 2022-10-13.
  13. ^ Magazine, Smithsonian; Wong, Grant. "The Rise and Fall of World's Fairs". Smithsonian Magazine. Retrieved 2023-06-22.
  14. ^ "Serbia applies to organise Specialised Expo 2027 in Belgrade". 25 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  15. ^ a b "The Expo". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  16. ^ "site". Retrieved 27 July 2021.
  17. ^ "BIE visits Malaga as city considers bid for Specialised Expo 2027". Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  18. ^ "Support to the Expo2027 Málaga Project". Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  19. ^ "Argentina applies to organise Specialised Expo 2027 in San Carlos de Bariloche". 27 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  20. ^ "Serbia elected host country of Specialised Expo 2027". BIE. 21 June 2023.

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