The theme of Ireland’s participation in Expo 2020 is ‘Ireland – Island of Inspiration’. It will tell Ireland’s epic story to the millions of visitors who are expected to visit Expo 2020, which runs from 20 October 2020 – 10 April 2021. It reveals Ireland as a place of constant and multifaceted inspiration, from its landscapes and heritage to its culture and its people. Ireland’s plans for its involvement in Expo 2020 in Dubai feature a national pavilion hosting a permanent exhibition and a comprehensive six-month programme of cultural, educational, sporting, business and other activities and events.

Ireland’s pavilion is inspired by the megalithic Newgrange lightbox and is a fusion of Western and Eastern architecture. Welcoming the announcement, the Ambassador of Ireland to the UAE, HE Aidan Cronin, who is also Ireland’s Expo 2020 Commissioner General said: “Ireland’s story is an inspirational one and Expo 2020 is an opportunity to tell that story to a large, truly global audience. Our pavilion will showcase Irish history, science, technology, business, and culture. The re-creation of the Newgrange lightbox will be a highlight of our pavilion, when visitors will get a chance to experience one of the wonders of Irish innovation and creative thinking, dating back some 5,000 years.”

Ireland’s pavilion will be an enjoyable, inspirational and visually stunning place to visit, with permanent exhibitions, artistic performances, seminars, showcases and a daily ‘Be Inspired’ programme spread across four thematic quadrants:
The Irish Fantastic
The Irish Scientific
Irish World Changers and Trailblazers
Global Ireland

Each quadrant will comprise one major event, alongside an ongoing series of performances, talks, workshops and activities. The full programme will be announced closer to the opening of Expo 2020.

Ambassador Aidan Cronin

Speaking about the cultural aspects of the programme, Ambassador Cronin added: “We are developing what will be an inspiring and enjoyable cultural programme that will introduce Irish culture to a whole new global audience. Expo 2020 offers us an unparalleled opportunity to raise Ireland’s cultural profile in the UAE and in the wider region and we are determined that this will be one of the tangible legacies of our involvement in Expo 2020. This will include partnerships with the local Irish community and with other local cultural partners.”

“There is a lot of work yet to be done, but I want to take this opportunity to thank everybody involved for the work that has been done up until now in developing Ireland’s Expo 2020 contribution. Ireland’s Expo 2020 team looks forward to welcoming visitors from all over the world to our pavilion – a corner of Ireland in the Middle East.”