A PROGRAM OF Irish Culture will be presented in Dubai over the next six months as part of Expo 2020, which features countries from around the world.
The Dubai event is the first global exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.
It is launched today a year later than expected after being postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
For the Irish events program, the National Concert Hall has selected a range of Irish musicians who will perform Irish music throughout the Expo to “introduce the public to Irish music, its history, its instruments and its stories” .
The musicians will tour monthly for the six months of the Expo and “reflect a young and talented Ireland,” says the Irish program.
Screen Ireland and the Galway Film Fleadh are showing films like Wolfwalkers (2020), Brooklyn (2015) and Michael Collins (1996).
Literature Ireland has translated 100 poems by Seamus Heaney into Arabic, as well as a selection of poems by other Irish poets, while Fighting Words, a creative writing center, will offer story writing workshops in Dubai.
A special Riverdance production will take to the main stage at Jubilee Park, the exhibition’s largest performance venue, with 25 live performances of ‘Riverdance at the Expo’, as well as a program of 52 masterclasses and musical performances and pop-up dance.
Agencies and business organizations such as Enterprise Ireland, IDA Ireland, Bord Bia, Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, the Dubai Irish Business Network and the Department of Higher Education and Research will represent Irish trades and organize seminars, workshops and events commercial.
Ireland will also participate in ten thematic weeks during the exhibition, which cover areas such as climate change and biodiversity; tolerance and inclusiveness; and water.
Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said the Expo “advances our economic interests and contributes to important debates on the future of our common planet”.
“It strengthens our voice and our reputation in the world at a time when Ireland is a member of the UN Security Council,” Coveney said.
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“My department works with partners from government, state agencies, business, arts and culture, academia and the creative industries to ensure a high impact Irish presence in Dubai. The Expo will provide a platform to market Ireland as a place to live, study and work, and a destination to visit, as well as showcase a great country in which and with which to make business, ”said the Minister.
“Expo provides a great opportunity to discuss and debate the main global issues of our time, from climate and sustainability to diversity and education. “
Dubai kicked off the $ 7 billion event today with an opening ceremony of fireworks and lights.
The centerpiece of the Expo site, Al Wasl Plaza, was lit by projections as Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum opened the six-month event.
With AFP report