This year we celebrate the 75th Fiera Bolzano www.fierabolzano.it , an anniversary that will be celebrated together with partners, exhibitors and visitors.
On 23 February 75 years ago, a group of personalities from the economy, administration and politics met, under the chairmanship of Walter von Walther, for the first minuted meeting of the Executive Committee of Fiera Bolzano. A commitment that gave birth to the first “International Trade Fair” in Bolzano, which made its debut from 12 to 27 September 1948.
The success achieved proved the founders right. In 16 days of the event and on an area of about one hectare in front of the current Palace of Justice, there were 573 exhibitors, of which almost 200 international, and as many as 250,000 visitors. Among these also the then Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi.
The program of the first International Trade Fair included various moments. From the traditional costume parade on Piazza Walther, still marked by the war, to the field hockey match between the Italian and Pakistani teams, from a congress dedicated to cable cars to the livestock exhibition.
The latter has become an institution, and is still proposed today within the Agrialp biennial.
The second edition envisaged a tripled area to accommodate a doubled total number of exhibitors, including foreign ones.
75th Fiera Bolzano: a full calendar of events
“Just like 75 years ago, Fiera Bolzano is still synonymous with progress and innovation today. A dynamic platform for the South Tyrolean economy, which looks to the future with a positive attitude and which, together with countless players in the local economy and society, always provides new impulses, capable of reflecting the zeitgeist in which we live”, as recalled by the president Armin Hilpold.
The 75th Fiera Bolzano www.fierabolzano.it/it/story/75-anni-fiera-bolzano will be celebrated throughout the year with numerous events in the new FieraMesse H1 Eventspace.
These include the fourth edition of TEDx Bolzano, concerts and shows as part of the Jazz Festival and Bolzano Danza and an event as part of the Busoni Competition.
The highlight of the anniversary year will be the official ceremony on 12 September, the opening day of the first International Trade Fair. The finale will be celebrated during the Autumn Fair which will be held, together with Biolife, from 9 to 12 November.