The start of October 1 in Dubai and the half-yearly global truck exhibition EXPO 2020 are expected to tap into large and other fields at international events this year and next. The concept of the Lithuanian pavilion was developed in accordance with the positioning concept of the Lithuanian foreign strategy Open to co-creation (“Open to build together”). The aim is to present Lithuania as a modern and open country of cooperation, highlighting the country’s economic and global potential for creating solutions that change not only the lives of people in Lithuania, but also around the world.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic, which has seen an unprecedented scale around the world (EXPO has been held worldwide for 170 years), future ”), neither the previously planned number of participants (192 countries) nor the name – although the exhibition will start in October 2021 and end in 2022. on 31 March, it will continue to be called EXPO 2020. As it is difficult to predict the ever-changing situation of a pandemic, the number of visitors planned in advance (25 million visits in six times) or their composition (Dubai EXPO still claims to be an international exhibition with more than 70 percent foreign visitors) is likely to change as much. .
“All the disturbances have been chosen for the exhibition as never before,” says Romas Jankauskas, Commissioner General of the Lithuanian Pavilion and Head of the EXPO Division of the Ministry of Environment. – All its most important objects have been built – exhibition complex, themed pavilions, Al Wasl Square with an impressive dome, conference and concert halls, skirts for exhibition staff, other infrastructure objects, modern several-kilometer metro line brought to the exhibition from the city, completed facilities pavilions of all countries participating in the exhibition. “
The Lithuanian pavilion, built according to the MB Baukas technologies that won the competition, combines modern and traditional architectural tendencies: a cozy wooden structure for visitors to leave, decorated with traditional shutters of natural colors, and a modern solar power plant installed on the building. In its style, this 1,000 sq. M. m. the building, sandwiched between the Slovenian and Swedish pavilions, fits in perfectly with them and at the same time can be part of the benefits of this exhibition for sustainable development.
The central hall of the Lithuanian pavilion is decorated with an expressive installation – “Kinetic Tree of Innovation”, which is designed, manufactured and manufactured by the exhibition company Mart Pro: the motifs of traditional Lithuanian bands intertwine with the innovative technological solutions presented in the so-called “Success Podium”. They will present exhibitions to visitors in Lithuania, as well as cooperate with technologies or solutions developed in other countries, want to strive for the circumstances to change the world (especially Lithuania’s achievements in life sciences, lasers, renewable energy, circular economy and other areas of knowledge).
A reduced model of the Portal, which currently connects Vilnius with Lublin and later claims to expand to various cities around the world, will be installed in the center of the hall. Visitors to this hall will be accompanied by informative and playful other clear glass screens (windows) of the exhibition company Ho Pro adapted for this exposition, the content of which is reflected in the written and approved Lithuanian delivery strategy to the world. On the screens that visitors will see when leaving the hall, the presentation of buses to the partners and suppliers of the Lithuanian pavilion will also be invited to visit Lithuania always, especially when celebrating something important, such as 2022, when Kaunas will be the European Capital of Culture, or 2023 when Vilnius celebrated its 700th anniversary.
The program of business, scientific and cultural events of the event pavilion is currently being intensively developed. The most important highlight is the Lithuanian National Day, which will be on October 22 of the exhibition. Initiatives to organize a business mission and forum were taken on this occasion by Versli Lietuva together with
Rural Business and Market Development Agency (Litfood) and other partners
“The world exhibition” EXPO 2020 “is a special opportunity for Lithuanian companies to establish news and develop existing cooperation relations with foreign entrepreneurs, if you want to have the opportunity to meet at the business forum and business meetings in Dubai. Speaking only about the achievements of Lithuanian business in the UAE market, it is cold to be proud of. Lithuanian furniture, electronic devices and food products are already traded here. Global Lithuanian companies have their representative offices in Dubai and are developing successful trade relations related to the region. Accumulated business experience, export trends and market knowledge allow to identify priority Lithuanian sectors with the greatest potential to establish successful trade relations. Therefore, over 50 Lithuanian companies from the energy, mobility, ICT, engineering, life sciences, biotechnology and laser sectors, as well as a number of other companies that are looking for partners in the UAE and will undoubtedly create new business success stories, purposefully participated in the business forum and business meetings here. – says Daina Kleponė, General Director of the Entrepreneurship and Export Development Agency Versli Lietuva.
In the spaces of the National Pavilion and during the business forum, Lithuania and its economic potential will be a presentation of the country’s and business innovation and ability to create global solutions for the future. The main topics of the business forum are: life sciences, biotechnology and lasers; ICT with an emphasis on cyber security, FinTech, GovTech and artificial intelligence; energy innovation, in particular solar energy and hydrogen technology; food industry and food safety. The Business Forum will take place on October 22, and the Business Meetings Day will take place on October 24.
Events of the National Day cultural program Vilnius State Opera – Lithuanian State Symphony Orchestra (conductor Gintaras Rinkevičius), well-known Lithuanian opera soloists Vida Miknevičiūtė, Almas Švilpa, Ieva Prudnikovaitė together with young talents Lina Dambrauskaitė will perform on the Jubilee stage of the exhibition; they will be complemented by masters of electronic music. Up to seven thousand spectators can watch the Lithuanian concert of the regime of Dalia Ibelhauptaitė on the festive evening.
There will be no smaller or larger events in the pavilion throughout the exhibition: the week of Climate Change and Biodiversity, other planned weeks and forums will focus on space technology, urban development, knowledge and education, health, tourism and travel, agriculture and the food industry. , for other weight areas. In the Lithuanian pavilion, where there is a multifunctional space for non-permanent events, an exhibition of sustainable design and photography events, documentary film weeks, parody visits by Lithuanian Junior Achievement Award-winning students, real estate development of the group, and a number of business delegations are planned. It is planned to organize small cultural events with performances of our country’s performers on the occasion of Lithuanian public holidays – on February 16. and March 11th.
There will be a small restaurant serving Lithuanian dishes and drinks in the pavilion, and a souvenir shop will be open. Vilnius companies Sauluva and Sauluvos maistas were selected to perform these activities. A team of twelve guides has already been assembled to work with the visitors of the pavilion, and specialists hired by the Lithuanian Exhibition and Congress Hall are currently working with it.
World exhibitions have been held since 1851, are constantly evolving and changing, but have not lost their importance to this day. They compare their significance and popularity with the Olympics and other major international events. World exhibitions are now held every five years and last for six weeks. They involve many countries around the world (eg Hanover in 2000
155 State, Shanghai 2010 – 192, Milan 2015 – 144), these exhibitions are visited by millions of people (for example, in Osaka in 1970, a record of 63 million visitors was broken in 2010, when the exhibitions in Shanghai were visited by as many as 73 million people.
Lithuania has been officially participating in EXPO exhibitions since 1937, and after regaining its independence, none has missed and has participated in thirteen EXPO exhibitions in total. In eight of them, the Lithuanian Ministry of Environment is organizing the delivery.
For more information, please contact Romas Jankauskas, General Commissioner of the Lithuanian Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 World Expo (+370 686 12220, [email protected])