Happy Birthday! Poznań’s International Trade Fair turns 100 today

Known as the Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie, the fair has grown into the biggest trade fair in Poland and one of the largest in the world with over 13,000 exhibitors coming from 70 countries. MTP

Known as the Międzynarodowe Targi Poznańskie, the Poznań International Fair is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year having started on 28th May 1921.

Originally it was known at Targ Poznański (Poznań Market) and had local merchants presenting their wares.

It has now grown into the biggest trade fair in Poland and one of the largest in the world with over 13,000 exhibitors coming from 70 countries.

By 1924 it was no longer just Polish merchants displaying their goods at the fair. Firms from Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, as they were known at the time, were joined by traders France, Germany,  Switzerland, Sweden, Romania  and Latvia.MTP

Devastated by WWII, the facilities were rebuilt and the trade fair came back stronger. The facility is now one of the most iconic sites in Poznań and is used year round for a variety of events.PAP

The popular event always drew an eager crowd desperate to see what the future held for fashion, household items and whatever was on display that year.Jan Kosidowski/PAP

In 1948 Dutch electronics firm Phillips were showing off their cinema projectors to attendees.PAP

At the event in 1960 German steel concern Friedrich Krupp AG presented Jacques Piccard's bathyscaphe and it was possible to meet with the famous researcher. In the improved bathyscaphe Trieste, Piccard and United States Navy lieutenant Don Walsh, dove nearly 11,000 meters to the bottom of the Marian Trench.Wiesław Prażuch/PAP

The 50th edition of the MTP took place in 1978, with boats, ceramics and robots among the products on display.Jakub Grelowski/PAP

In 1984 The MERA 7953 computer terminal, manufactured by the Department of Computer Equipment Mera-Elzab in Zabrze went on display and wowed the crowds.Tomasz Prażmowski/PAP

Large scale construction and agricultural machines have always impressed the visitors at the shows.Longin Wawrynkiewicz/PAP

In 2012 super cars such as Ferrari,  Lamborghini and Lotus joined the show.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

Now the venue is used year round for multiple specialist events such as ‘The Rybomania Angling Fair.’Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

The Polagra food and catering event has attracted some visitors from very far away.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

In 1956 hats and bow ties were fashionable accessories for men. The Poznań International Fair would soon become one of the most important events in Poland to showcase future fashion and in more recent years a number of specialist events for the fashion industry such as ‘body style’, ‘intermasz’ and ‘look’ have taken place.Jan Kosidowski/PAP

The Pyrkon fan festival held on the first weekend after the spring equinox brings together multiple fandoms, gamers and cosplayers for an entertaining and informative event.Łukasz Ogrodowczyk/PAP

The ‘Gin Dobry Club’ honours the tradition of William Kirton and James Lindsay, who in 1966 shared a gin and tonic at noon to celebrate the commencement of international business talks. Now a scared tradition, the habit of clinking glasses at noon is an essential part of the Poznań International Fair experience.MTP

June 20, 2020. Summer Garden Market - the first event after the break caused by the coronavirus pandemic, organized at the Poznań International Fair.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP

The enduring popularity of the event could easily see it continue for another 100 years spinning out even more standalone events while entertaining and connecting buyers and sellers, fans and friends, via Poznań and out into the world.Jakub Kaczmarczyk/PAP