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University of Sunderland

Expo is here...are you in?


Expo Sunderland is all about coming together to find new ways to make our cities healthier, our homes greener, and our lives brighter! It’ll go big in 2025 where we will start to explore creative solutions to help the environment and make everything around and us, more sustainable.

We're celebrating Sunderland’s ambition, collaboration and transformation into a flourishing, healthy, climate-positive city, through a series of extraordinary events.

Led by Sunderland City Council, Expo is a not- for-profit series of large scale events and exhibitions, held to promote a cleaner, greener city with more sustainable homes, a healthier way of living and a thriving business economy.

Our event partnership and sponsorship packages will give businesses a solid presence throughout the programme from Official Partnership, Event Partnerships, Sponsorship, Exhibitor experiences, fringe events and bespoke opportunities.

Gain real collaborative insight and opportunities with other forward-thinking organisations, across a multi-faceted events programme.

Expo Sunderland will promote your brand, story and values to an audience of like-minded organisations, residents, consumer, business, industry and government professionals

Join us as an official Expo Sunderland partner and play a high profile part of our smarter, sustainable future across key events in 2024, 2025 and into 2026.

Expo Sunderland will go big from 2025.

Step onto the stage now and get the best value possible from an Expo Sunderland

Put your brand at the centre of the action, and take your place amongst our proud portfolio of City Partners.



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Event Partner & Sponsorship Opportunities

Official City Partnership 


Become an OFFICIAL PARTNER of Expo Sunderland and benefit from a wide ranging package of rights across the entire programme.

Our sponsorship packages will give businesses a solid presence throughout the programme, with involvement and active sponsorship & exhibitor experiences across a series of events.

Our City Partnership package provides unique and creative opportunities to put your brand in the spotlight. Each giving the opportunity to engage with our community and align your brand with our vision for a sustainable future.

Packages available now

Delivering the Future City 2024

15-16 October 2024

Businesses from across the region will see the exponential growth of our future cityscape and connect with others through new and vibrant conference sessions, round table discussions and extraordinary networking events.

Underpinning conference week in Sunderland to celebrate advancements in architecture, technology, and collaboration..




Your Future Expo 2025

18-20 March 2025

Expo's first event of scale to be held at the Beacon of Light

Educators and industries investing in Sunderland will showcase the future skills needed in our city for the first time at Expo Sunderland's Your Future Expo event.

A new world of opportunity for school and college students, adults and graduates.

On 18-20 March 2025, our resident population will be able to see that education is matched to future employment in Sunderland with extraordinary exhibits, TED-style talks, workshops and competitions.

Exhibition bookings will open soon!




Come & See 2024

Coming soon

Discover the visually striking temporary structure housing the Northeast's first fully immersive screen on Keel Square!

Assembled directly opposite the Vaux Neighbourhood to tell the story of a home in the context of its place.

Exhibition space will be available during Come & See and throughout the year.




Headline Partnership:

  • Headline branding and content collaboration across ALL Expo events and promotion
  • 3 hospitality events 
  • 3 main stage and 3 secondary stage speaking opportunities 
  • 3 key exhibits/promotions in prime locations 
  • Visitor attractions or services to promote your brand values
  • Activation of your choice near Expo homes & gardens
  • Event management and marketing support

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Industry Partnership: 

  • Exclusive naming rights across your industry sector
  • Brand positioning & content collaboration throughout
  • 1 hospitality event 
  • Speaker opportunities, tailored conference, workshop and/or round table discussions, and content and thought lead PR
  • 1 key exhibit/promotion in a prime location
  • Content collaboration – review and contribute to agenda, content, speakers, partners, exhibitors and surveys

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City Partnership:

Join us as an OFFICIAL EXPO SUNDERLAND CITY PARTNER and play a high profile part of our smarter, sustainable future across key events in 2024, 2025 and into 2026.

Become a partner of Expo Sunderland and benefit from a wide ranging package of rights across the entire programme, offering creative ways to put your brand in the spotlight.


Expo Home & Garden Sponsors

The main attraction at Expo Sunderland will receive huge media interest.

The destination for expert advice, great inspiration, innovative ideas and products for home design, better building, interiors, sustainable living, shared communities and home technology.

Take over a home or garden to create your own sensory experience that tells your brand story.


Past Expo Sunderland Events

Delivering the Future City 2023

17-18 October 2023

A topic-driven event that brought together leaders who champion innovation, stimulate growth, challenge and share best practice in building the cities of our future.

We explored how Sunderland City Council, local stakeholders, industry partners, regional and national government are working together to deliver social and economic growth and inspire future generations.

This was an invitation only event.

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Come & Play 2024

20-22 February 2024

Our younger residents came along to experience cool new technologies, try out fun games and see innovative ideas from different businesses showing us what they do.

They could watch or have a go at photography, science, art, gaming, music, electric driving, food, fashion and a glimpse at future inventions and how they might change our lives.

The event took place in units 12-19a at The Bridges Shopping Centre.

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Come Outside 2024

28-30 May 2024

Residents of Sunderland came together to explore our new outdoor city scene for a healthier life.

The event was free to attend and there was plenty of family friendly and group attractions, including free-to-book low and high impact exercise sessions, electric car driving tasters and City Hall tours. 

We had bike repairs, nature activities, arts and crafts and sessions to promote sustainability, health and wellbeing.

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