NECROPOLIS-2012: Success of the XX Anniversary Expo on an Unprecedented Scale
XX Anniversary International Exhibition of Funeral Industry "Necropolis 2012" was a success on an unprecedented scale!
It took place in Moscow on 23 to 25 October and attracted as many visitors both from Russia and abroad as never.
The fall of 2012 marked two anniversaries. This year the exhibition was dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the funeral industry of Russia. 20 years ago, the revival of Russia’s funeral business started and the first in our country professional funeral exhibition occurred. This year is the 20th anniversary of the international forum "Necropolis 2012" in Moscow.
260 exhibitors from 65 cities of Russia, CIS and foreign countries - Germany, Italy, Czech Republic, Norway, Poland, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, among them - 33 new companies that have never participated before, presented new products and services of funeral industry to the public. During the three days of the exhibition 3000 people attended it. For the first time in last 10 years the forum was visited by funeral organizations from Hungary, Norway and Poland. More than media representatives were here.
Mr. Josef Bentzen and Mr. Harald Schee from Norwegian Funeral Association noted tremendous progress in the development of funeral industry of Russia, as their first visit to Necropolis was in 1996. They were pleasantly surprised by the changes in the Russian market.
Members of the Hungarian Funeral Association, including Mr. Karoly Balogh the President of the Association, highlighted the European level of expo’s organization, its usefulness to visitors and exhibitors.
Russia's only Museum of World Funeral Culture (situated in Novosibirsk) presented an interactive exhibition dedicated to the 120th anniversary of the funeral industry of Russia in the center of the expo hall. The exhibits of the museum showed the funeral culture and mourning fashion of the XIX century, the history of the funeral business and postmortem photographs.
Cultural aspect of funeral industry is always highlighted at Necropolis. On the first day of the exhibition the visitors’, exhibitors’ and journalists’ attention was focused on the mourning fashion show titled "The Gates of the Worlds." Continuing the theme of mourning fashion designer, a member of the International Association "Union of Designers" Ludmila Aksenova presented about 80 dresses from her collection "Mourning dresses of past centuries". Elena Doshukaeva held her personal exhibition of paintings "Ladies in mourning ".
Necropolis exhibition provides a platform also for scientific concepts. As usual the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Modern Approaches to Funeral Business Management” took place for the 13th time during the first two days of the exhibition. The conference, organized by the Union of Funeral Organizations and Crematoria, broke a stormy debate on the amendment to the funeral legislation in Russia processed by the FAS. The Conference has become an integral part of Necropolis exhibition and together they provide the best place for funeral professionals to broaden their knowledge, expand capabilities, get practical advice, new business contacts, and get acquainted with innovations in the field, and of course a good platform for the Russian funeral legislation improvement. Open seminars and round tables held during the show were as well aimed at development of Russia’s funeral industry, discussion of the current problems and professional education.
Necropolis organizers conducted a number of competitions devoted to the anniversary of the expo in the frames of the All-Russia young people achievements parade:
• Review of the achievements of young people "Funeral Industry in Russia: Today and Tomorrow." Students of architecture and engineering universities presented 12 works for the competition.
• II International Competition "Words of Grief" A total of 207 participants in the contest sent 804 works in the genre of "poem", "epitaph" and "funeral speech."
• II International Competition "Death in Modern Art" included works of 70 authors.
For twenty years, "Necropolis":
• 4500 companies participated in the exhibition
• exhibition was visited by around 95,000 workers of the funeral industry
It is our common victory in the funeral industry which developed into a strong, modern and perspective field of Russia’s economy, and which helps our people to conserve its traditions and culture.
April 17-18, 2013, traditionally held regional exhibition of funeral art “Necropolis-Siberia”
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