Celebrating together

On Saturday, 14.05.2022, we celebrated 20 years of Expo.02 and 20 years of Das Zelt. 

Expo.02 - the first Swiss national exhibition of the new millennium. 39 exhibitions and over 13,500 events made the Three Lakes Region the cultural centre of Switzerland for 159 days. From 15 May to 20 October 2002, 10.3 million people visited the four Arteplages on the shores of Lake Neuchâtel, Lake Biel and Lake Murten and took part in this great celebration, this unforgettable event, which was made possible not least thanks to the tireless efforts of thousands of people.

Das Zelt was one of the Expo.02 sites and is today the only Expo.02 project still in existence. The mobile event platform is visited by an average of 120'000 to 150'000 people per year. 

At the anniversary celebration, the next Swiss National Exhibition took centre stage: Ambassador Dr. Eric Jakob, Head of the Directorate for Location Promotion, presented the Federal Council's position, and delegations from all five current National Exhibition projects presented their ideas. In addition to speeches by representatives from politics, business and Expo.02, a look back at the Expo.02 era was also taken with film and photo presentations.


National exhibitions - Reflections on the future of Switzerland
Saturday, 14 May 2022 at Das Zelt in Biel

16:30 Arrival
17.30 Start of the official part: Infotainment (culture and discussions) in the Grand Chapiteau
19.00 A rich aperitif in the Foyer
19.15 Vernissage touring exhibition "The Swiss National Exhibitions" in the Foyer
21.00 End of the official part
20.30 Unplugged concert by Philipp Fankhauser in the Grand Chapiteau
21:30 Expo.02 Disco with DJ Yogy in the Foyer