An Inscribed Brick in a Church Wall
‘An Inscribed Brick in a Church Wall’ is the name of a campaign organised by the Foundation for the Restoration of Christian Cultural Monuments, of which ExpoForum is one of the founders.
The names of all those who make a donation to the building of the Church of the Icon of the Smolensk Mother of God will be included in the memorial, inscribed on the bricks of the church’s inner walls. Contributions can be made on behalf of the donor, a friend or relative, or in memory of a loved one.
As pastor of the church Father Daniel Vasilevski remarked, building churches has never been a private business. On the contrary, every Christian believer would endeavour to make what contribution they could towards construction. “Every day at worship, we pray to God for ‘the founders of this holy church’. While the church stands, this prayer will be offered up.”
Restoration of the Church of the Smolensk Mother of God Icon at Pulkovo, which was originally built in the 18th and 19th centuries according to architect Giacomo Quarenghi’s design and then destroyed during World War II, began in 2011 based on the original architectural plans and archive photos. The decision to restore the church was taken after the remains of the historic church’s foundations were discovered during construction work on the site of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Donations can be made until June 2013, while the bricks of the church are being laid. Every contributor, regardless of the size of their donation, will receive a souvenir certificate. Construction is scheduled for completion by the end of 2013.
In 2014, more than 200 exhibition industry leaders from over 30 countries will meet in St. Petersburg for the UFI’s summer training seminars.
The State Expert Review Board (Gosexpertiza) has approved the first phase of the reconstruction project for Peterburgskoye Highway, close to the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Plans to host an exhibition entitled ‘Foodstuffs: the SCO Brand’ in St. Petersburg have been added to the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Business Council’s (SCO BC) programme of events for September 2013. This decision was taken during an SCO BC Secretariat session in Beijing, following a presentation by leading Russian exhibition organiser ExpoForum. The company will organise the event under the aegis of the SCO BC.
The Neva International Exhibition and Conference, which will take place from 24-27 September 2013 at the Lenexpo Exhibition Centre, has been included in the list of events under the auspices of the Marine Board of the Government of the Russian Federation.
A series of business meetings organised by ExpoForum in China between 17–21 January have resulted in a number of agreements designed to encourage Chinese companies to participate in Russian exhibitions.
ExpoForum has very quickly become the largest exhibition organiser in the region with a 42% market share, the operator of the Lenexpo Exhibition Complex, and the developer for the construction of the new ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.
ExpoForum’s new facility is attracting major new projects to St. Petersburg, according to Managing Director of Reed Exhibitions’ Russian representative office Gregory Zaraisky, at the signing of an agreement finalising the terms for organising and running the PAP-FOR Russia exhibition at a new venue – the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre.