July 2010


Better City – Better Life World Expo 2010
July 2010




The beautiful batik ceiling at the Sri Lanka Pavilion, Shanghai

The World Expo 2010 in Shanghai has opened its doors from May 1, 2010 and will continue to be an everyday stunner until October 31, 2010. Seventy million people are expected to attend, most of whom will be from Mainland China.

Diverse cultures, ideas and innovations are brought through varied nations and their cities to provide the world with valuable insight into creating a better future for better living. The Expo is on show with a common theme of "Better City - Better Life".

The grand opening ceremony was inaugurated with fireworks, to light up the night sky and was attended by world leaders, dignitaries and thousands of spectators. The World Expo has always inspired people across the world and generated new ideas as to what city life would feel like in the future and to carry hope for a better global economy.

Among countries like Poland, Japan and many others, Sri Lanka is amongst the chosen countries and will exhibit colourful presentations of cultural heritage and arts, which will feature multimedia displays, lectures and seminars during the course of the Expo's six-month long event.

Pavilions have been assigned to each of the chosen countries, which will mostly aim at promoting sustainable urban lifestyle and to rethink city planning. To adhere to this perception benches and chairs for visitors, tourists and heads of state have been made from recycled milk cartons. Additionally the bags and pamphlets are produced from recycled paper.

Sri Lanka Pavilion

Sri Lanka has chosen the cities of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy and Galle to be a part of the theme concept of "Better City Better Life." Sri Lankan culture will be highlighted in the National Pavilion while commemorating its friendly ties with China. The Pavilion features ceilings of painted traditional batik while its walls are bestowed with colourful national flags. To entice the world with Sri Lanka's development and preservation of its cultural heritage, various activities have been organised.

• Daily performances of traditional dance and music
• Artistic creations that model Sri Lanka's long preserved heritage and culture along with images that will portray the country's development and transformation
• Sri Lankan dance performances fused with an eastern and western classical twist
• Musical harmony that will blend traditional and contemporary songs by a Sri Lankan choir - will be on show between August 26 - 31, 2010
• Performances by folk dancers between September 26 - 30, 2010 and then repeated for three days in the month of October 2010
• Tea, spices, handicrafts, gems and jewellery, brochures and material will also be housed within the allotted Pavilion

The Sri Lankan National Day celebrations have been scheduled for July 18, 2010 and will be the star of the pavilion's morning events, with the entertainment of a dance troupe and parade, which will commence for the ‘hoisting of the flag ceremony', and official speeches by dignitaries.
The Shanghai Expo 2010 will mark yet another opportunity for numerous nations, governments and corporations to come together and participate so that it will benefit for a better tomorrow all over the world.

 

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    Entrance to the Sri Lanka Pavilion

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    A Sri Lankan traditional dance performance

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    Jump and flip – an excellent display of traditional dance in front of the Sri Lanka Pavilion

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    A Sri Lankan craftsman displaying his skills at the Sri Lanka Pavilion

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