Laos showcases culture with live performances at Al Wasl Plaza and all three District Pavilions on its Expo 2020 National Day

DUBAI, 17 November 2021 – Laos celebrated its Expo 2020 Dubai National Day on Wednesday by showcasing traditional Laos music and culture through live performances – at Al Wasl Plaza and at three different performances across each Thematic District, including at the Sea stage, the Sun stage and the Earth stage.

A variety of traditional Laos instruments were played including Khane; Ka Chab Pi; and Wose, each of which were utilised for performances by musician Ou Dai Seng Da Vong. Two songs were then sung by a solo singer including ‘Peace of Bird’ and ‘Kub Toom Luang Prabang’.

A traditional Laos dance performance featured ‘Silk Cotton Tai Sum’, which provided expression to the life of people in the northern province of Huaphan, famed for its silk and cotton production.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of the Office of the Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed His Excellency Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng, Minister of Industry and Commerce for Laos PDR.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali said: “The Laos Pavilion is a testament to the thousand-year old cultivation traditions and techniques established by the local population to ensure their livelihoods and growth. The exhibition invites us to explore Laos’ socio-economic development achievements through the evolvement of its agricultural, commercial and tourism sectors, with a particular focus on the growth of the Lao silk and cotton industry and the role that local women have played in its development.”

Laos showcases culture with live performances at Al Wasl Plaza and all three District Pavilions on its Expo 2020 National Day
DUBAI, 17 November 2021. Laos National Day Ceremony at Al Wasl, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Expo 2020 Dubai)

“We applaud the beauty of Laos’ pavilion, which emphasises the importance of sustainability for a fruitful future, and we are truly thankful for how it has enriched Expo 2020 by highlighting the culture and heritage of Laos to our visitors.”

His Excellency Dr Khampheng Xaysompheng, Minister of Industry and Commerce for Laos PDR, said: “We are delighted that Lao PDR has been provided the opportunity to exhibit the success of its socio-economic development here at Expo 2020 Dubai. Showcasing holistic achievements through our theme statement: ‘Silk and Cotton: Moving Towards Sustainability in Lao PDR’, we are provided with the chance to demonstrate innovative and modern techniques through the development of our textiles.

“Lao’s combination of ancient techniques with modern sustainable methods is expressed through our cultural conservation and promotion of Lao silk and cotton production, preserving traditional techniques, skills and practices.”

DUBAI, 17 November 2021. Khampheng Saysompheng (L2), Minister of Industry and Commerce, Lao PDR, H. E. Dr. Thani Bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi (L1) Uae Minister of State for Foreign Trade, and H. E. Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali (R) Executive Director, Commissioner General Office, Expo 2020 Dubai, during Laos National Day at the Laos Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by David Koriako/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Located in the Mobility District, the Laos Pavilion presents a country filled with a deep respect for its past while it looks firmly into the future. With a young, educated population, thriving innovations and a vibrant cultural scene, it is a place for tourists and investors alike. The Laos Pavilion showcases this and the country’s natural and manmade wonders.

National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.