Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, visited the Russia Pavilion on the 15th of November 2021
Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, visited the Russia Pavilion together with Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia and General Commissioner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The delegation was given the tour around the pavilion by Dmitry Mikhailov, Deputy Commissioner General of the Russia Pavilion, showcasing the country’s advanced information technologies and achievements. Denis Manturov visited the exhibition of the Russian Far East and Arctic supported by the Ministry for the Development of the Russian Far East and Arctic, dedicated to the key investment projects implemented in the regions.
On the same day, the Russia Pavilion welcomed its 500 000th visitor. Nelson Selvaraj appeared to be an artist and entrepreneur, who is also a successful advocate and a TV host. Nelson is one of the members of “Friends for Leadership” network, that unites the next generation leaders and entrepreneurs.
Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia and General Commissioner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai stated: “We were so pleased to welcome our 500 000th visitor! We see how our pavilion is enjoyed by people; they want to know more about the country and its achievements. The Russia Pavilion has become one of the most visited pavilions at Expo 2020, and I believe that people from all around the world would want to visit Russia and experience its true hospitality. The presented exhibitions definitely inspire people to explore opportunities and innovate!”
“Potok Inter” is the Technical Partner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai
Russian Research and Production Company “Potok Inter”, the developer of patented air purification technology, became technical partner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo-2020 Dubai from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022.
The partnership relations with the unique air decontamination units “Potok”, which have no analogues in the world, will ensure security in the in the internal premises of the Russia Pavilion such as meeting rooms, conference halls and VIP Lounges.
According to Marat Khabibullin, “Potok Inter” international sales director: “Our company has a great expertise in air decontamination, and for us ensuring microbiological safety in the Russia Pavilion is a complex, but at the same time exciting responsibility. Our technical staff modeled each area at the pavilion and selected equipment based on its size and maximum capacity. Now we can assure visitors of the Russia Pavilion that the air in the premises will be clean and safe. In front of the entrance to each hall, decontaminated by ‘Potok’ devices, you will notice a ‘Viruses — Free’ sign”.
“Potok Inter” Research and Production Company is a pioneer in the market for air disinfection systems. Since 1994, Potok Inter solutions have been effectively used in various areas with strict requirements for air quality, such as the International Space Station (in the Roscosmos segment since 2001, in the NASA segment since 2009), medical facilities, food industry and others. Potok technology is based on the physical principle of killing airborne microorganisms by exposure to constant electric fields of alternating polarity, followed by highly efficient filtration of inactive biomass and volatile particulate matter. The applied technology inactivates all airborne microorganisms and viruses and excludes the possibility of infection.
Russia Pavilion hosted Russia: mindful brain on the 2nd of October 2021 at EXPO 2020 Dubai
Russia: mindful brain forum has gathered the leading neuroscientists and contemporary philosophers to discuss the future of neuroscience and the development of neurotechnologies. The conversation has extended the theme of the Russia Pavilion main exposition “Mechanics of Wonder” created by Simpateka Entertainment Group and dedicated to the human brain.
Moderated by famous Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner, the discussion touched those ideas that were once believed to be impossible — absolute memory, mind-controlled neural interfaces or radical intelligence enhancement.
The key speakers such as neurobiologist Konstantin Anokhin, Director of the Institute for Advanced Brain Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University; cognitive scientist Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Director of the Institute for Cognitive Studies; developer of neural interface technologies Alexander Kaplan, Head of the Neurophysiology and Neural Interfaces Lab, Lomonosov Moscow State University; Pavel Balaban, Head of the Cellular Neurobiology of Learning Laboratory at the Institute of Higher Nervous Activity and Neurophysiology, Moscow; philosopher Vadim Vasiliev, Director of the Moscow Center for Consciousness Studies; Rafael Yuste, Professor of Biological Sciences and Director, NeuroTechnology Center, Columbia University (USA); neuroscientist Katrin Amunts, Scientific Research Director of the Human Brain Project (DE) have reflected on the most up-to-date questions.
Tatiana Chernigovskaya opened the discussion: " I believe it is time to change the paradigm in the research of the brain. Neuroscience is now starting to be in search of meaning. I personally believe that our brain is a semiotic space. What interests neuroscientists today is the difference between human brain and the brain structure of the other creatures living on our planet. One unique thing we obtained through the evolution is the creative and very complex behavior. Therefore, our current goal is not to search for the small data on the functioning of neurons, but to see the features of the brain that could be associated with a different, “baroque” view — multidimensional, moving perspective, dealing with blurred and irrational objects or subjects. To acquire this knowledge we would not only need physiology but something I would name “archeology” of mankind and its creativity. This knowledge would help us understand how musician, artist or even mathematician creates their masterpieces — the higher level of human unique abilities“.
This data needs to be the goal of the humanity neuroscience exploration. It is highly important to segregate primary and secondary consciousness.
Vladimir Pozner addresses the issue of the discoveries of the 21st century, how breakthrough in innovation greatly affects our minds and lives. Pozner states: “I am very interested in the topic of science and the human brain. The questions that are raised now are very serious. If the 20th century is known for its discovery of the atom, then, I am sure, the 21st century will be known as the century of the brain”. The more we understand how the brain processes information, the easier it is to concentrate on a single or a few situations and immediately respond to the physical world. Pozner also mentions that people are aware of various scientific, ethical and philosophical issues that we have, therefore we do our best to solve any problem or challenge. It’s always an advantage for people to know about the brain functions and mechanisms. We create endless opportunities and ideas starting from technology, innovations to our social life. The human brain is a unique masterpiece that shapes our characters, connects our thoughts and defines our future.
Russia Pavilion hosted Russia: space forum on 27 October 2021 at Expo 2020 Dubai
Russia: space has become a platform for more than 300 delegates from 12 countries in the framework of which the leading experts in space exploration and investment institutions discussed the strategies and challenges of their industries today.
Participants of the first session Daria Chudnaya, Deputy Director at Success Rockets, Ali Al Hashemi, CEO of Yahsat Group, Mubadala Investments, Oleg Mansurov, Founder of Success Rockets, Alexander Khohlov, Head of the nanosatellite department at Geoskan, Vladislav Ivanenko, CEO of Sputnix, Anton Ossovsky, Founder of Avant Space and Ivan Kosenkov, Senior Project Manager at Cluster of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, nuclear and space technologies at Skolkovo Foundation discussed the future landscape of the space industry.
In the framework of the second session Dmitry Rogozin, General Director at ROSCOSMOS, Sergey Krikalev, Russian cosmonaut and Executive Director for Human Space Programmes at ROSCOSMOS, H.E. Sarah bint Yousef Al Amiri, the UAE Minister of State for Advanced Technology and Chairwoman of the UAE Space Agency, and Alexey Belyakov, Vice President and Executive Director of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Cluster at Skolkovo Foundation, discussed the questions of the international cooperation in space exploration together with Renй Pische, Head of the European Space Agency Permanent Mission in the Russian Federation and Salem Al Marri, Deputy Director General at Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre. Dmitry Loskutov, General Director of Glavkosmos and representatives of the Russian film industry — Klim Shipenko, a renowned film director and Yulia Peresild, a famous actress, also joined the session for the presentation of “The Challenge” — the first film shot in space.
Dmitriy Rogozin stated: “The goal of the scientific and educational project “Challenge” is to popularize manned space flights and expand people’s knowledge on space technology. In the course of its implementation, the following were worked out for the first time:
new technology for the training of non-professional participants performing a target task in space;
a new control system for the spacecraft and its docking with the ISS by one professionally trained astronaut;
modeling and working out the possibility of carrying out a surgical operation in zero gravity, which is of particular interest in the implementation of promising expeditions into deep space.
The experience gained in the project will be used in the preparation and implementation of future tourist space missions, the first of which will take place in December this year with a crew consisting of the commander of the spacecraft Alexander Misurkin, as well as the citizens of Japan Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano.
In the framework of this project, the documentary series “Challenge. The first in Space” was released on START — a Russian streaming platform for watching films and TV shows. More than 13 million people watched a live broadcast from the spacecraft launched in space with the crew of The Challenge.
The team of The Challenge continues their work on science documentaries together with Channel One (Russia).
Yulia Peresild admitted: “The participation in the Challenge project became a real challenge for me — from both professional and personal perspectives. For quite a long time it was hard for me to believe that everything that had happened to me was true. In a very short period of time, we had to go through several very complicated stages of casting and the entire process of preparation for a space flight. The moment we realized we were actually in space, in orbit, we were absolutely astounded by the fact how fast it all happened — it seemed that we had only started our trainings at the Cosmonaut Training Centre. Those 12 days in space were very busy and productive. We managed to achieve much more than it had been expected.
I am grateful that I had a chance to take part in this project as it had become an opportunity for us to join the work of professionals from Russia and all around the world who fly to space and help others get ready for their flight. I am sure that this truly unique experience will let us make a great film that will be interesting to everyone who dreams of getting closer to space”.
Klim Shipenko: “Thanks to the team of the Challenge project, we all became closer to space — and it’s not only about astronautics, but about the humanity in general. The team managed to get the crew ready for the flight and to ensure that it was safe to go in space — and this is one of their greatest achievements, I am sure. We believe that this project will open up new possibilities for the film industry as well. We have hours of video footage made in space, in zero gravity — the conditions which cannot be simulated in real life, on Earth and which let us create a unique film that no one in this world has ever made before”
A hand crafted selection of Faberge collection was presented in the Russia pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
A compilation of Fabergй Masterpieces from the Harry Woolf Collection has been displayed at an exclusive presentation hosted at the Russia pavilion on the 23rd of October by Alexis de Tiesenhausen, International Head of the Russian Art Department, and Margo Oganesian, Russian Works of Art Specialist.
The showcased 30 masterpieces including animal figurines, Faberge flower, jewelry matchbox, push bell and other unique items.
Alexis de Tiesenhausen commented: “It is my pleasure to represent this Fabergй private collection at the Russia Pavilion, at the biggest event in the world — Expo 2020 Dubai. Today the public had a unique chance to see the craftsmanship and talent of the world’s most renowned manufacturer and I believe such events are crucial as they help build stronger bridges between cultures through the exchange of knowledge and heritage.
Harry Woolf’s impeccable taste, discerning vision and his quest for perfection led him to establish one of the most revered and iconic collections of Fabergй possessed by a private collector. His collection has been a point of reference for all connoisseurs and lovers of Fabergй around the world for nearly half a century. It is a great privilege for Christie’s London to offer over 80 masterpieces from this collection that were entrusted by his family”.
Russia pavilion’s Kids Fest gathered over 5000 spectators at Jubilee Park Expo 2020 Dubai
Kids Fest took place at the Jubilee Park Venue on the 20th of October, 2021 in the frame of the Russia Pavilion’s cultural program. The main event of the festival was a grandiose two-hour musical show titled “Little Legends of Big Russia” performed by the Centre for Creative Development “Kids Republic” with stars including Vanya Dmitrienko, the youngest popular performer in Russia, Mira Singh, the young star of the Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony and the Harry Potter Choir. The visitors also had the chance to meet the Fixies, Russia pavilion mascots from the popular TV show, who joined the young performers on stage.
Vanya Dmitrienko stated: “It is a great honour to perform at Expo 2020 Dubai. Performing so far away from my home country was a completely new experience for me and it is also an exciting challenge to present my music to a new audience. These songs that I performed are well known back home but today I had the chance to present them here in Expo 2020 Dubai and I believe that the local audience enjoyed the show.”
Evgeniy Orlov commented: "It was a unique performance for our team — for many of the kids this is their first time even being out of Russia let alone performing abroad. The show was spectacular, we are extremely grateful for the opportunity to perform on such an amazing stage and be a part of Expo 2020 Dubai — the biggest event in the world.
Russia Pavilion presented Russia Fest at Expo 2020 Dubai
Russia Fest took place at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre on the 18th of October, 2021. The ambassador of the Russia Pavilion Victoria Lopyreva hosted the festival at Expo 2020. Alexei Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russia and Commissioner General of the Russia Pavilion, and Oleg Fomin, Consul General of the Russian Federation in Dubai and the Northern Emirates, welcomed the guests of Russia Fest and Expo 2020.
Russia Fest introduced Expo visitors to traditional Russian folk music through the spectacular performances of dance ensembles and music bands of different regions of Russia. The show included performances of Komi Republic Dance Ensemble, Don Cossacks Song and Dance Ensemble and the Karachay-Cherkessia Republic Dance Ensemble “Elbrus”.
“We believe that it is very important to introduce our guests to the culture and traditions of different regions of Russia,”, Alexey Gruzdev said. “Russia Fest is the first event in the cultural programme of the Russia Pavilion which offers a unique opportunity for the international audience of Expo 2020 to explore and take a deep dive into the history and cultural heritage of our country”.
“Thank you for the applause, thank you for your support, dear friends! Believe me, this is just a small example of what you can see in Russia. I want to thank our partners: Agro-Holding ‘Steppe’, one of the largest agricultural companies in the South of Russia, uniting a number of promising agricultural enterprises as a part of AFK Sistema, and ‘Luzales’ company — one of the largest logging enterprises in the Komi Republic.
If you have not been to our country yet — make sure to plan your trip, we will be happy to see you! Welcome to Russia!” — said Victoria Lopyreva who hosted the festival
Petersburg Opera Opens the Cultural Program of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai
For the first time, one of the leading opera companies in Russia — the state theatre “St. Petersburg Opera” performed on the stage of Dubai Opera. On 11 and 12 October, the audience was presented with a large-scale performance — the opera Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi staged by Yuri Alexandrov.
The tour took place as part of the cultural program of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020.
“We are very pleased that it was the tour of the St. Petersburg Opera that opened the large-scale program of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai. We saw a great interest in the production of both international media and guests and organizers of Expo. We need to present different spheres of Russian culture within the framework of participation at Expo 2020. We demonstrated Russian opera art at the highest level” — said Dmitry Mikhailov, Deputy Commissioner General of the Russia Pavilion.
The State Chamber Musical Theatre “St. Petersburg Opera” was founded in 1987 and is well-known in Russia and abroad. The artistic director and founder of the theatre is People’s Artist of Russia, a world-renowned director Yuri Alexandrov who has staged performances at the most prestigious stages: Arena di Verona, Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Mariinsky Theatre.
Russia Pavilion launched its business programme with Russia: culture forum on 11 October, 2021
Russia: culture forum is the first event of the business programme of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. It has become a platform for more than 300 delegates from 12 different countries in the framework of which the leading experts in museum, cinema and theatre cultural institutions discussed the strategies and challenges of their industries today. Olga Lyubimova, Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation, Fatima Mukhomedzhan, Director of “Art, Science and sports” charity foundation, Mikhail Piotrovsky, Director of the State Hermitage Museum, Sergei Tchoban, the architect of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020, Andrey Fomin, actor and producer, Ilya Popov, Founder of RIKI group, David Mansfield, Director of Dubai Opera, Katerina Novikova, The Bolshoi Theatre’s press attaché, Azariy Plisetskiy, the famous choreographer and the direct descendant of the legendary Plisetskiy family, Elena Marinina, Deputy CEO of the Roscongress Foundation, Inna Bazhenova, Founder of the IN ARTIBUS fund and publisher of The Art Newspaper, Oleg Lutokhin, General Director of Yeltsin Center, Manuel Rabate, Head of Louvre Abu Dhabi joined the discussion together with Vasily Tsereteli, Head of Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Hans Fraikin, Head of Abu Dhabi Film and Television Production Commission.
Sergei Tchoban paid special attention to the concept behind the design of the Russia Pavilion: " When you come to Moscow or Dubai you can feel the dynamics and the energy of these cities, and I am convinced that this energy had its origins in the Russian avant-garde. At the time it broke the boundaries of traditional art and became a new source of inspiration. This revolutionary art movement lies at the core of the architectural concept of the Russia Pavilion. We often see a child drawing a line in search of a new shape. I did the same when I made the first sketches of the Pavilion."
Katerina Novikova stated: “The Bolshoi theatre is 246 years old, and this is the moment when we start asking ourselves: how do we keep up with the interests of our audience? With the carefully curareted programme of the works from the classical repertoire of the Bolshoi, for example as Nutrcracker and Bayaderka which have been on stage for more than 60 years now and are still popular today, we are ready to introduce our guests to new contemporary works”
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and His Highness Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum visited the Russia Pavilion On October 3, 2021.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai and His Highness Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council visited the Russia Pavilion with Dmitry Mikhailov Director, General, National Exhibition Operator on Otober 3, 2021
The guests of the Pavilion took a tour around its main exhibition “Mechanics of Wonder” and visited one of its halls showcasing the Republic of Tatarstan.
The official opening of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 took place in Dubai on the 1st of October 2021
The official opening of the Russia Pavilion took place at the Expo 2020 site on the 1st of October 2021 with the participation of Alexei Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and Commissioner General of the Russia Pavilion, Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai. Rustam Minnikhanov, President of the Republic of Tatarstan, Dimitri Kertenzes, Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions, Leonid Rudenko, DJ and musician, Max Goshko-Dankov, a contemporary artist and the official Mascots of the Russia Pavilion — Fixies.
During the official opening, the concept behind the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020, its architectural solution and the internal exposition were revealed to the guests of the event. The audience was later introduced to the cultural and business programmes, the official mascots and the anthem of the Pavilion.
Max Goshko-Dankov presented his artwork — “Creative Flow” which was created during the opening ceremony together with the guests of Russia Pavilion — who had an opportunity to contribute to the process of its creation.
DJ Leonid Rudenko performed the official anthem of the Russia Pavilion to the guests.
The final part of the official opening included the pavilion tour and press conference with Alexei Gruzdev. He answered queries regarding Russia’s participation in Expo 2020, highlighting its future effects on the relationship between Russia and the UAE and discussed the Moscow’s bid for Expo 2030.
Her Excellency Reem Ebrahim Al Hashimy stated: “The Dubai Expo team, the UAE government, and the BIE worked very closely together to ensure that we have a creative platform that allows you to tell your story in the best possible way. I am very excited to see the Russia pavilion, to learn more and I am definitely sure that everybody who comes and visits it will be pleased with what they will see”.
Dimitri Kertenzes remarked: “Whether in arts or science, there is always something that all over the world we have learned from Russia. So it is truly exciting for me to be able to walk through these doors and discover what the Russian Federation has in store for us in the pavilion at Expo 2020. They will show the world not only the solidarity that we have seen in helping to create this Expo, but also in their aspiration to host an Expo themselves as we know that Moscow would like to have Expo 2030”.
Leonid Rudenko commented: “The opportunity to compose music for the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 has been a great honour for me. I am proud to represent Russia at the largest world Expo in history and I believe that our country’s pavilion will be one of the most interesting places to visit within the exposition”.
Max Goshko-Dankov mentioned: “It is my pleasure to participate in the opening of the Russia Pavilion, especially with the art performance ‘Creative Flow’ which is inspired by the process of creative thinking which is one of the key concepts of the Russia Pavilion. I wanted my work to pay tribute to the creativity that is within each of us, so it was of great importance to me that every guest at the official opening would become part of this great art performance”.
Aleksey Gruzdev stated: “We believe that ‘Creative Mind: Driving the Future’ — the concept behind Russia’s participation in Expo 2020, is a reflection of the times and the world we currently live in. We are working on a diverse programme of business and cultural events for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will not only introduce the concept but will also give millions of visitors a chance to discover Russia’s latest achievements in innovation, technology, science, art and culture”.
Russian Pavilion Expo 2020 cultural program official announcement took place in Dubai on September 4
The official announcement of Russian culture agenda took place on September 4, 2021 Russian Pavilion team was accompanied by Ambassador of Russian Pavilion Expo 2020 Victoria Lopyreva. The headliner of Russian pavilion program presentation was the performance of the famous indie-rock band “Mumiy Troll”.
The Russian pavilion will host more than 60 cultural events during Expo 2020 including folklore festival “Matreshka ICE” (October 18); Kids fest where the official mascots of Russian Pavilion “the Fixies” will be presented (October 20); “Context” with prima ballerina Diana life performance in Dubai Opera (November 8-9); Russia’s National Day at Ain Dubai– a gala dinner featured by Russian opera, music and Igor Moiseev’s ballet (December 4); “From Russia with...” a 6 day event showing Russian traditions, music, and art (January 6-13); Moscow Motion Fest, that will introduce top hip-hop and pop musicians from Russia (March 3).
Russian Pavilion Expo 2020 team: “Our Pavilion theme is: ‘Creative Mind: Driving the Future’. The idea behind our pavilion is to show the world modern, creative Russia. The list of events covers all the main aspects of creative business from both cultural and business perspective.”
The Ambassador of Russian Pavilion Expo 2020 Victoria Lopyreva: " I cannot wait to welcome our guests at “Matreshka Expo Edition” festival and gala dinner “Matreshka ICE” on October 18 and to give them a deep dive into Russian culture."
The front man of Mumiy Troll Iliya Lagutenko: “We are glad to open the Russian cultural program for Expo 2020! It is an honor to be a part of the most significant global Expo in Dubai, where talents from all over the world exchange ideas and share their innovation”.
The cultural program official partner is The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation, founded by Alisher Usmanov.
Russian Creativity Week with participation of Dubai and Abu-Dhabi speakers takes place in Moscow on August 28 in anticipation of Expo 2020
An event with speakers from Dubai and Abu-Dhabi is being held in Moscow on August 28 as part of Russian Creativity Week. Forum discussion with the topic “Creative EXPOrt. The Meeting of East and West and Russia’s Place in the Global Race” also to touchbase on upcomunig Expo 2020. The list of speakers included Dr. Tarek Oliveira Shayya, Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director General Office, Expo 2020 Dubai (Dubai, UAE), Karim Ibrahim, CEO of Robocom (UAE), Omar Aldhaheri, Head of Business Development in Abu Dhabi Film, Head of twofour54 Youth Counsil (Abu Dhabi, UAE), Firuz Mirzazada, Director of Dubai Creates (Dubai, UAE), Evgeniya Markova, Managing Director, Roskino, Arman Yakhin, Founder of Main Road Post studio, Alexander Zhuravsky, Deputy Head of the Office of the President of the Russian Federation for Public Projects.
Russian Creativity Week is a platform for dialogue between the authorities and representatives of creative businesses that are competitive in Russia and abroad. The event included 400,000 offline members as well as 10,000,000 members online. 2021 has been declared by the UN as the International Year of the Creative Economy.
The focus point in Russia pavilion Expo 2020 is going to be on the Russian people and their achievements with more than 50 events dedicated to various industries. Throughout 6 months of Expo 2020 visitors will be able to see the creative side of modern Russia through world-class events, such as the Russia business forum, “Context” festival by worldwide known Russian ballerina Diana Vishneva and folklore national Festival: “From Russia with...”.
Creative industries are now the fastest-growing sector of the economy, and the export of creative industries products in the last 5-10 years has become one of the most promising and attractive areas. One of the foremost projects is “Russia Creates”, which functions as a community of visionaries showcasing Russian creativity to the world public. The project has previously held forums in Dubai and Abu-Dhabi, organized concerts and events with major performers from Russia.
“The creative and innovative economies are a core element of Expo 2020’s business programme, and Russia — one of Expo’s 191 participating countries — is hosting an extensive calendar of events dedicated to business and culture across the six months of the event. I am honored to participate in Russian Creative Week, and looking forward to welcoming the brightest, most creative minds from Russia and the rest of the world to Expo 2020 — a global launchpad for exchanging inspiring new ideas that will drive international cooperation and prosperity.” Dr Tarek Oliveira Shayya Executive Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors, Director General Office Expo 2020 Dubai
The official presentation of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 took place in Dubai
The official presentation of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 took place on Thursday, 8 April, 2021 in Dubai. The list of speakers included Aleksey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and General Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion, Omar Shehadeh, Chief International Participants Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai and Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Sergei Choban, Architect of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020, Victoria Lopyreva, Ambassador of the Russian Pavilion and many others.
During the presentation, the concept behind the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020, its architectural solution and the internal exposition were revealed together with the cultural and business programmes, the mascots and the anthem of the Pavilion.
Aleksey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia and General Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion stated: “We believe that ‘Creative Mind: Driving the Future’, the theme of Russia’s participation in Expo 2020, is a reflection of the times and the world we currently live in. We are working on a diverse programme of business and cultural events for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will not only open the theme but will also give millions of visitors a chance to discover Russia’s latest achievements in manufacturing, science, technology and art”.
Sergei Choban, architect of the Pavilion, spoke about an innovative approach to its architectural solution: “Two domes create a single space. A person gets inside and goes upstairs, and at the same time the pavilion is covered by a multitude of multi-coloured tubed threads. Everything together creates a feeling of continuous movements. It was especially important to me to highlight the theme of the constant change in the pavilion focusing on what is changing, and not on what is static. This endless and gentle movement symbolises harmonious and united coexistence of different nations — all lying in the core of Russia’s diverse nature”.
The internal exposition is called the Mechanics of Wonder. The heart of the pavilion and its semantic centre will be an installation that presents the processes, regulating human life in society and forming common values, on which the future of mankind is built. The man is a complex being and a real wonder who has endless opportunities for development.
During the six months of Expo 2020 and within the framework of the business programme of the Russian Pavilion more than 50 events will take place which will mostly focus on the energy industry, technology, finances, investments, urbanisation, space, transport, climate, education and, of course, medicine and health care. On 3-5 December, 2021, Russia Forum, one of the key events of the pavilion, is expected to take place — an international conference, dedicated to the questions of investments and future perspectives of international business relations with Russia, in which the leadership of the key Russian and international companies will participate.
An international forum Russia Creates (3 March, 2022) will close the business programme and showcase the best projects of the Russian creative industry. A special attention should be paid to Women’s Forum which will take place on January 14, 2022 and will be dedicated to a role of the woman from Russia and other countries in today’s world, numerous challenges she has to face every day and her achievements in various spheres and industries.
The cultural programme of the Russian Pavilion will be also extensive and rich with a special focus on the young audience. Moscow Motion festival will take place in November with an exciting mix of top hip-hop and pop Russian artists such as, Egor Kreed, Feduk, Lesha Svik. VK Fest will become one of the highlights of the cultural programme. Organised in partnership with the largest social network in Russia — Vkontakte, it will combine the most popular Russian artists and influencers.
And of course, the great Russian classic is also in the list of the cultural events of the Russian Pavilion. This November, “Channel” ballet will be staged at Dubai Opera for the first time with the participation of Svetlana Zakharova, famous Russian prima ballerina. Contemporary Russian Art will be presented by the artist and calligrapher Pokras Lampas who will create a unique art installation, whilst the artist and sculptor Dashi Namdakov will be presenting his brand-new project at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
DJ Leonid Rudenko revealed an excerpt from the Russian Pavilion’s anthem at Expo 2020.
The mascots of the Russian Pavilion will be the heroes of the animated series “Fixiki”, which are not only popular all over the world, but are also a remarkable example of the creative industry in Russia.