Spirit of Ireland on display at the country’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
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Ireland promises to fill its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with the sounds and sights that embody the spirit of the country.
Visitors will be charmed by the daily performances of the pavilion’s internal musicians and encouraged to participate in cross-cultural conversations and panel discussions.
Children between the ages of 7 and 17 will be invited to learn computer coding in classes run by Coder Dojo, a global community run by volunteers that offers free programming workshops for young people.
St. Patrick’s Day is expected to be a highlight, with organizers planning lively celebrations, including a guest appearance by Martin Hayes, one of Ireland’s most revered traditional musicians.
The National Day concert will take audiences through a performance of memorable songs, including classics from U2, The Cranberries, Hozier, Snow Patrol and The Corrs.
Ireland’s theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is to put creativity at the center of the human experience in the 21st century.
The pavilion, located in the Mobility district, is inspired by classical Western and Islamic architectural traditions, with an enclosed element and a cloistered courtyard.
Upon entering the pavilion, visitors will enter the Oculus Room – a space with a distinctive cone-shaped funnel based on the Newgrange softbox, meaning sunlight enters through the skylight at the top of the cone. , illuminating the main exhibition space.
The courtyard will be where visitors are encouraged to relax and enjoy regular musical performances from The Expo Players, the pavilion’s in-house ensemble.
The musicians, who work in rotation, will introduce visitors to Irish music, its history, instruments and stories.
They will also create their own interpretations of songs from the Irish songbook and reveal the background and history of the songs.
Pat Hennessy, Commissioner General of the Irish Pavilion, said the aim was to celebrate Irish creativity in all its forms.
“You will be informed, entertained and most of all, you will receive a warm Irish welcome,” said Mr Hennessy.
“Our visitors will see the exciting work of talented Irish designers, innovators and inventors.
“The pavilion will offer a multitude of workshops for visitors of all ages that you want to be part of our CoderDojo groups [teaching computer programming], or to learn more about Irish music and culture. “
Expo 2020 Dubai will open on October 1 and feature 192 pavilions from countries and cuisines from around the world.
Tickets start from Dh95 for an adult throughout October, while entry for children and seniors is free.
Update: September 30, 2021, 1:00 p.m.