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Saint Lucia Pavilion

Saint Lucia Pavilion

THEME:

PAVILION: The distinctive steeple tops of St. Lucian architecture highlights this Pavilion.

Saint Lucia Pavilion

EXHIBIT: Large, vivid pictures of island scenery dominate the Pavilion. Using still photographs and video footage, the island’s cultural heritage and tourism opportunities are highlighted. A reception desk will give visitors a taste of the island’s famous hospitality. Elaborate exhibits will depict life in St. Lucia, while projects of sustainable development in the island’s cities and towns will also be on display. 

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specificshopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

Note: This Pavilion was located in the Caribbean Comunity Joint Pavilion

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Belarus Pavilion

Belarus Pavilion

THEME: Cultural Diversity in the City

PAVILION: The exterior will employ colorful folk art to be eye-catching as well as a representation of the Belarusian cultural heritage. The art was drawn by well-known Belarusian artist Igor Rimashevski, whose art also appears on the interior.

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion is one large circular chamber ringed with video viewing stations. Each station depicts a modern urban challenge that has been met or is in the process of being met by Belarus, with particular attention being paid to the city of Minsk. On the walls of the Pavilion, larger screens play videos of Belarusian natural vistas, cultural events and her place on the globe.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion

Niger Pavilion

Niger Pavilion

THEME: Control of Urban Expansion and Promotion of Urban Development

PAVILION: The civilization in Niger is over six thousand years old but urban development is a relatively new concept. The Pavilion is meant to display the relationship between Niger’s cultural past – represented by traditional structures, décor and artwork – and Niger’s bright future, represented by the modern clean lines to the Pavilion’s design.

Niger Pavilion

EXHIBIT: There are three separate exhibit areas in the Pavilion. The first is Urban Pulse, in which cities are shown to be an indispensible factor in the battle against poverty. Illustrated displays regarding urban formation, urban resources and urban residents line the walls. The Cultural Essence area is characterized by white walls decorated by blue totems, valuable relics and crafts from Niger’s long history. Local residential characteristics incorporate these elements as they proudly display their history and culture. The final area, Vigorous Living, presents the special cultural heritage of agriculture and stockbreeding. The vivid images, physical objects and colorful folk performances presented here emphasize that urbanization is the best way towards a better life in Niger, and will allow visitors to experience the joy of life in Niger.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

Note: This Pavilion was located in the Africa Joint Pavilion.

Eritrea Pavilion

Eritrea Pavilion

THEME: The Philosophy and Development of Urbanization in Eritrea

PAVILION: The Pavilion utilizes traditional Eritrean dwellings along with the bright colors that are endemic to African artwork to create a Pavilion that joins the modern to the traditional in an organic way.

Eritrea Pavilion

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion is divided into two exhibit areas. The first is Better Life in the Asmara Region, which will showcase life in the capital city of Eritrea and its satellite urban areas. Infrastructure and social services will be highlighted as well as the rich cultural heritage going back to Byzantine and Islamic periods. The second gallery, Harmony of Nature and Humanity, will display the lush natural landscapes of Eritrea, concentrating on the large coastline area but also on its rich highland interior. This display will also highlight the imperatives for ecological reform and cultural preservation, with the restoration of an internal railroad line and recent archaeological findings chief among ongoing projects. Both areas utilize slide shows, video displays, physical displays and posters in their exhibits.

Eritrea Pavilion

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: A bazaar outside the Pavilion entrance sells handicrafts such as wooden carvings, headdresses and bracelets for reasonable prices. Also, you can have your hair braided in traditional Eritrean style in the bazaar.

Note: This Pavilion is located in the Africa Joint Pavilion.

African Union Pavilion

African Union Pavilion

THEME: The Great Benefits of Clean Energy on Africa’s Urban Management

PAVILION: An impressive entrance presents African script and statuary with a shimmering earth model on the side, showing African status in world affairs and the focus on protecting the world environment. Visitors tour a curved corridor along which the AU presentation will exhibit the development, urbanization, economic rise and cultural heritage of the member nations of the African Union.

African Union Pavilion

EXHIBIT: Visitors enter through a grand entrance in which gigantic primitive figures are displayed, representing the cultural history of tribal Africa. Script on the sculpture welcomes the visitor in the many languages of the globe. The flags of the member nations of the African Union are prominently displayed, as are photo-dioramas portraying the ongoing urbanization of the African continent. In the main gallery, a globe structure sits in the center, illustrating the place of Africa in world affairs, particularly in the fight to protect the global environment. Here, in the Pavilion’s central forum, presentations will be made to exhibit the commitment of the African Union to utilize clean energy in urban development, and illustrate the vitality of Africa and the positive contributions that the harmonious development of the continent make to world peace in the decades since the colonial era. Films displayed on video screens around the central forum reinforce this, as well as show the ongoing effort to protect, restore and maintain the ancient African culture even as the modernization of Africa continues to move forward.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: African artwork and crafts are on sale in a small shop outside the entrance.

Note: This Pavilion is located in the Africa Joint Pavilion.

Iran Pavilion

Iran Pavilion

THEME: Blending of Diverse Cultures in the City

PAVILION: The Pavilion fully embodies traditional Islamic architecture and reveals its glorious ancient art and colorful contemporary lives. The Pavilion emphasizes the harmonious development between Iranian rural and urban areas. 

Iran Pavilion Interior

EXHIBIT: The whole Pavilion is divided into three sections; Iran of the past, present and future. Iran of the past introduces the nation and its civilization while the present division displays archaeological treasures and cultural heritages of Iran. Water, soil, light and color are the main design elements of the Pavilion. Water, with the image and sounds of its flow, signifies the nation’s vast space; soil symbolizes humanity and their creations; light is regarded as an emblem for the origin of nature and various colors are tokens for the wide range of animal species living within Iran. The first floor of the Pavilion has exhibits of archaeological artifacts from Iran’s distant past, as well as large-scale lighted photo boxes of more recent events. The main gallery on the first floor has a spectacular fountain of exquisite beauty dominating the center of the room, with seating around it so visitors may rest and enjoy the coolness of the water. A quarter dome above the main gallery represents Iran’s place as one of the four original human cultures. Modern oil production as well as the future of Iranian cities is exhibited here. Video stations and other exhibits show the productivity and craftsmanship of the modern Iranian. There is also a display on Iran’s extensive innovation in the fields of lasers, including a laser harp which visitors can actually play by touching their fingers to the laser beams.

Iran Pavilion Interior

CUISINE: There is a small café on the first floor.

SHOPPING: The second floor contains a large shopping center where visitors may purchase world-famous Persian rugs, as well as the artwork and folk crafts of Iran.

Iran Pavilion shop

India Pavilion

THEME: Cities of Harmony

PAVILION: The Pavilion features a crimson central dome, symbolizing the theme “Unity in Diversity” in India. A focus throughout the exhibit will be on interaction between rural and urban areas through exchange of goods and services.     

EXHIBIT: Revolving around a journey to Indian cities from ancient times through medieval periods to modern times, the Pavilion showcases India’s rich cultural heritage, its diversity of faith, culture and language, traditional and modern technological development and urban-rural interface. The entrance to the Pavilion is through a vaulted portal with the “Tree of Life” carving inspired by the Siddi Syed Mosque at Ahmedabad. Clay and bluestone mark the ground paving, taken from similar designs from ancient Indian palaces. The central dome is herb-roofed with the “Tree of Life” in copper. The innovative combination of plants and metals distinguish the dome. The seemingly ancient Pavilion is replete with marvelous technologies. The Pavilion is designed as a Zero-chemical area. Energy efficiency is made possible through the use of solar panels, windmills, herbs and bamboo. The terra cotta and stone floor is inspired by the Palace at Rampur in Varanasi and is cooled by embedded pipes. Therefore visitors will be touring around the Pavilion in a cool and comfortable temperature even in the summer. In the center of the interior of the dome is a special theater. The 360 degree holographic projection, entitled “Cities of Harmony,” depicts India’s evolution over its long history from the ancient times of Mohan Jodaro and Harappa (dating back to 2000-3000BC) through the medieval period to modern India. The displays around the dome will further elaborate on the theme.

CUISINE: The Indian Market will be open for curious visitors. In fact, the attic in this market belongs to one of the exhibition areas of the Pavilion which one can get a birds-eye view of the whole Pavilion. The Market is also the catering service area. Traditional delicacies from various regions of India can be relished here.

SHOPPING: The Shopping Arcade in the Pavilion enables the visitors to see the artisans from different parts of the country demonstrating their skills. Specialized products from different regions will be available for sale. The Shopping Arcade also displays typical Indian columns in its arcade structure. The Amphitheater will host cultural shows from different regions of India on a regular basis.