A “National Day at the Azerbaijani Pavilion at “Milan Expo 2015” World Exhibition

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During 9 July - 31 October 2015, the Azerbaijani Pavilion was presented at "Milan Expo 2015" International Exhibition.         

                                                                                              

On July 9, a "National Day" was arranged by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation at the Azerbaijani Pavilion. Official presentation ceremony took place within the framework of the "National Day".


At “Milan Expo 2015”, Azerbaijan is represented by the pavilion “Azerbaijan. A Treasure of Biodiversity”. Wavy wooden walls of the pavilion are a symbol of the wind inherent in Azerbaijan, and the cultural and creative flow, always circulating here.

 

The three biospheres built in the four-storied national pavilion, with general area of 1800 square metres, praises Azerbaijan, which could manage to keep its environment and old culture in constant harmony, and protect them. 

 

The biosphere called “The Crossroads of Cultures” takes visitors to the most significant natural biodiversity and cultural places of the country. The second biosphere – “Biodiversity” is devoted to the country’s biodiversity and cultural heritage. The structure in the centre of this biosphere personifies a pomegranate tree – Azerbaijan’s symbol of richness. Another biosphere is called “Innovations and tradition”. Here, there is a figure of a tree with branches directed to the sky. This shows, symbolically, Azerbaijani people’s loyalty to traditions, at the same time, a country looking forward to the future. 

 

The first floor of the pavilion is called “Symphony of Sounds”. Here, information about Azerbaijan’s history, culture and geography is presented. On the second floor, information about the climate, landscape and biological diversity is delivered in the “Symphony of Colours”. On the third floor entitled “Symphony of Tastes”, information and samples about the national cuisine and organic foodstuff are presented. On this floor, in the sections “Discover Baku” and “Personalities of Azerbaijan”, visitors may acquaint themselves with our country and people in an interactive mode through photos, maps, and portraits of Azerbaijanis representing different spheres.

 

At the same time, 9 climate zones existing in Azerbaijan and our country’s being cited one of the 25 biodiversity places of the world have been reflected in our national pavilion. Moreover, various video materials related to Azerbaijan’s music and pearls of cinematography, traditions and art are demonstrated on the monitors installed at the pavilion. On the fourth floor – the terrace - of the pavilion, there is a restaurant. National cuisine and various concert programmes are presented here.

 

In the IDEA-Biodiversity Park created in the pavilion’s yard, information about the activity of IDEA (International Dialogue for Environmental Awareness) Public Union and various environmental projects are presented and entertaining programmes arranged. 

 

Direct contact with Baku – “Mirroring Baku”, which is the first project of its kind among the participating countries - was established at our national pavilion. At the entrance of the national pavilion, a mirror-shaped monitor provided with a wavy seat, being as tall as a human, has been installed. Such a monitor has been installed in Baku, before the Heydar Aliyev Center. Both these monitors are interrelated  and can have contact  with each other. People becoming acquainted with the pavilion see the place before that monitor installed in Baku, by standing before the monitor in the pavilion. And residents of Baku, guests of our city too gain a chance to see the Azerbaijani pavilion and its visitors.

 

Holding of various presentations is planned during 6 months at a pavilion designed on a special concept. After Milan Expo 2015 comes to an end, the Azerbaijani pavilion is expected to be dismantled and rebuilt again in Baku and given for visitors’ use. 

 

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Foundation of the Azerbaijani National Pavilion at “Milan Expo 2015” was laid in July 2014. In general, preparation and construction works in the pavilion continued during 18 months. Organizational works on the Azerbaijani National Pavilion have been carried out by the Heydar Aliyev Foundation and the Heydar Aliyev Center.  


On 2 October 2015, the national pavilion was conferred on an award on the nomination of “Design and materials” within the programme “Towards a Sustainable Expo” of the Ministry of the Environment and Protection of Land and Sea of Italy.



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