Pavilion at Expo 2020 to be designed around country’s 5000-year old Newgrange monument
Ireland has revealed the design of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion located within the Mobility District at the Expo ground. The theme of Ireland’s participation is ‘Ireland – Island of Inspiration’ and will reveal the country as a place of constant and multi-faceted inspiration from its landscapes and heritage to its culture and people.
Ireland’s pavilion design is inspired by the megalithic Newgrange lightbox and is a fusion of Western and Eastern architecture, expo organisers said in a statement.
The Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, HE Aidan Cronin, said that Ireland’s story is an inspirational one and Expo 2020 is an opportunity to tell that story to a large, truly global audience.
“Our pavilion will showcase Irish history, science, technology, business, and culture. The re-creation of the Newgrange lightbox will be a highlight of our pavilion, when visitors will get a chance to experience one of the wonders of Irish innovation and creative thinking, dating back some 5,000 years,” he added.
The statement further noted that Ireland’s pavilion will be an enjoyable, inspirational and visually stunning place to visit, with permanent exhibitions, artistic performances, seminars, showcases and a daily ‘Be Inspired’ programme spread across four thematic quadrants – The Irish Fantastic; The Irish Scientific; Irish World Changers and Trailblazers; and Global Ireland.
Ambassador Corin, who is also Ireland’s Expo 2020 Commissioner General, added: “We are developing what will be an inspiring and enjoyable cultural programme that will introduce Irish culture to a whole new global audience. Expo 2020 offers us an unparalleled opportunity to raise Ireland’s cultural profile in the UAE and in the wider region and we are determined that this will be one of the tangible legacies of our involvement in Expo 2020. This will include partnerships with the local Irish community and with other local cultural partners.”
“There is a lot of work yet to be done, but I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved for the work that has been done up until now in developing Ireland’s Expo 2020 contribution. Ireland’s Expo 2020 team looks forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to our pavilion – a corner of Ireland in the Middle East,” he concluded