Zagreb Fair

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Zagreb Fair
Zagrebački velesajam
Founded 1909 (as Zagrebački zbor)
1946 (as Zagrebački velesajam)
Headquarters Zagreb, Croatia
Parent Zagreb Holding

Zagreb Fair (Croatian: Zagrebački velesajam) is a complex of exhibition pavilions in Zagreb, Croatia. The company which operates the venue carries the same name. The Zagreb Fair is the main venue in Zagreb for trade shows and fairs. Every year more than 25 specialised events are held at the venue, attended by more than 6,000 participants from 50 countries.[1] Apart from trade fairs it is also used as a convention center.[1][2][3]


History of trade fairs in Zagreb dates back to 1242 when the Hungarian king Bela IV issued a Golden Bull declaring Zagreb a free royal city and granting it the right to hold fairs.[4] The first international exhibition in Zagreb was held in 1864. Zagreb Assembly (Croatian: Zagrebački zbor), the predecessor to Zagreb Fair, was founded by a group of Croatian businessmen, including Ferdinand Budicki and Samuel David Alexander. The Assembly was one of the co-founding institutions of The Global Association of the Exhibition Industry in 1925.[4] At the ascent of the communist regime, in 1946, Zagreb Assembly was disbanded and its property and role was taken over by the newly incorporated Zagreb Fair. The Zagreb Fair was also the first fair held in post-World War II Yugoslavia in 1947.[5] In 1956 it was relocated to the newly constructed Novi Zagreb part of the city south of the river Sava. During the European migrant crisis in 2015, when over 39.000 migrants from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa entered Croatia, the fairgrounds served as an acceptance center housing over 1.200 migrants.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Profile". Zagreb Fair. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Zagreb Fair Congress Center". Zagreb Convention Bureau. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Zagrebački velesajam". Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "History". Zagreb Fair. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Kraljević & Arčabić 2007, p. 157
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Coordinates: 45°46′40″N 15°58′12″E / 45.77778°N 15.97000°E / 45.77778; 15.97000