Visitors enjoy the ‘Food Fiesta’ at the Philippines Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Staff Journalist, Gulf today
Cameroon shared its vision of being a sustainable country and a land of vast opportunities during its National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director, Commissioner General’s Office, Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed Iya Tidjani, Ambassador of Cameroon to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Al Ali said, “Cameroon’s participation highlights the country’s efforts to mitigate climate change in the agribusiness sector and promotes the many investment opportunities available in various areas, such as manufacturing and tourism.
“We appreciate the evolving relationship we share with Cameroon and aim to further expand our partnership in various areas of common interest, such as attracting foreign direct investment, agricultural infrastructure and technology, for the benefit and the welfare of our people”.
Iya Tidjani said: “Cameroon’s participation in this important event that is Expo 2020 Dubai cannot be overstated. The overall theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, namely “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and the one that Cameroon has chosen, which is “Africa in Miniature”, are perfectly in line with the objectives of the Objectives of sustainable development that we hope to achieve. by 2030.”
The National Day ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza saw the flags of the United Arab Emirates and Cameroon raised, after which the national anthems of both countries were played. The speeches were followed by a stunning cultural performance by the National Ballet of Cameroon on the Nations Stage.
The show incorporated dance, traditional music and colorful costumes, and incorporated a clear message about the importance of strategies to limit the production of greenhouse gases that lead to global warming and intensify natural disasters.
The Cameroon pavilion, located in the Opportunity district, invites visitors to discover a land of breathtaking landscapes and more than 200 languages by experiencing “Africa in miniature” through the geographical, cultural and human diversity of the nation, as well as its efforts to create a more sustainable future. Former high profile visitors to the pavilion include legendary Cameroonian international footballer Roger Milla.
The Angolan Pavilion Art Gallery at Expo 2020 has launched the collective exhibition Tondongo, the Female Universe to celebrate International Women’s Day. The exhibition, opened with a ceremony featuring a traditional Angolan dance performance and with the artists who engaged with visitors on their works, will run until March 20, 2022.
Featuring 32 works of art in different artistic styles ranging from painting, sculpture, modelling, applique in fabric, photography and performances by nine different artists, the exhibition “Tondongo, the universe feminine” focuses on ritual, feminine and African scarifications which symbolize the gestation of the living being. The exhibition also marks the union of different languages that harmonize in the common feeling of strength and creativity.
Commenting on the exhibition, Ms. Carla Peairo, Curator of the Angola Pavilion Gallery, said, “We are proud to host this exhibition. The pavilion brings together artists from diverse backgrounds. In doing so, it shows the diversity and richness of contemporary art celebrated by women. The objective of the exhibition is to create new cultural links, thus strengthening the exchange of experiences in the artistic field.
The Angola Pavilion has featured several exhibitions by traditional and contemporary artists from the country since the start of Expo 2020. Many of these exhibitions were from female Angolan artists from diverse backgrounds and artistic styles.
So far, female artists who have participated in the gallery’s solo exhibition pavilion are Armanda Alves, Carla Peairo, Daniela Ribeiro, Fineza Teta and Maria Belmira. They presented works from The Dynamic of Being, Ancestrality and Technology Symbiosis and Weaving Memories series respectively.
Anastasie Akibodé, a Frenchwoman with African roots going back to Cape Verde, Benin and Senegal, now joining the international exhibition, presents Wired Artistic Energies; Miriam Rodriguez, born in Portugal, originally from Cape Verde and Angola, presents the Rebirth collection and the artist Márcia Dias, Angolan and cultural ambassador of the Oscar Ribas Foundation, presents the Resilience ensemble.
At the Angola Pavilion, visitors discover how the history of Angola and its technological innovations are intimately linked. The pavilion focuses on the Angolan Chowke people and their relationship with the Angolan people of today using symbols such as a large parrot called Toje, which symbolizes freedom of thought. It is one of the symbols the Pavilion uses to reintroduce the dying art of storytelling.
The education cluster at the Angola Pavilion presents modern opportunities for the people of Angola. They present Angola’s program to educate students who are interested in the aerospace industry as part of their program to promote space research. It includes the possibility of attending a technological space institute for free.
Culture is a key element of the Angola Pavilion during this edition of the Expo. They have nightly performances throughout the Expo where musicians from all over Angola will play modern and old music. They also hold regular performances on traditional and contemporary dance forms and visitors can attend workshops to learn about ancient instruments and how they are handcrafted.
In 1851, the Crystal Palace was the centerpiece of the Great Exhibition in London – the first World’s Fair. It celebrated the man-made industrial marvels of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, content, and a theme, “all nations industry,” were combined to create a grand idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and business progress. In recent years, World Expo participants, including governments, international organizations and businesses, have come together to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand and their nations. as tourist, trade and investment destinations.