The Brno Exhibition Center is a unique combination of original functionalist architecture and contemporary exhibitions, trade fairs, and cultural activities. The result is an extraordinary complex with more than 120,000 square meters of exhibition space, the annual home to around 50 trade fairs, a series of conferences, sports events, concerts (hosting the Rolling Stones in 2007), dance balls, and the like. The greatest tradition here is boasted by the International Engineering Fair (MVS), held here since the 1950's.
The first exhibition to be held here was the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture in Czechoslovakia, organized in 1928 for the 10th anniversary of the Republic. It is interesting that the stands for this exhibition were exhibition pavilions in themselves, created by the prominent Czechoslovak architects of the day. Thanks to repairs and reconstructions sensitively carried out later, all the buildings have still been preserved and today are some of the country's most valuable monuments of functionalist architecture. Before the Second World War, the Brno Exhibition Center also held the first Czechoslovak car showrooms.
The year 2014 also saw the opening of the former Pavilion D into an entertaining science park for the whole family entitled the VIDA! Science Center. An area of almost 5,000 square meters holds 150 interactive exhibits that helps visitors (mostly children, of course) understand how the world around us works. The exhibition is divided into four thematic areas (Man, Microworld, Planet, Civilization).