At the National Day at Expo Dubai, Slovakia presented the world with folklore and contemporary art
On the occasion of the Slovak National Day at the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, we presented ourselves to an international audience as a modern country rich in innovation, with an exceptional folklore heritage and talented contemporary artists. Visitors to the event from all over the world were enthralled by the folklore ensemble SĽUK, violinist Filip Jančík, singer Jan Kirschner, and Billy Barman with band.
Key guests included the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová, the Minister of Economy Richard Sulík and his delegation, the General Director of Slovakia Travel Václav Mika, and the Ambassador of Slovakia to the United Arab Emirates Michal Kováč. During the official visits, they were accompanied by Miroslava Valovičová – the General Commissioner of the Slovak Expo 2020 Dubai.
The National Day ceremony began with raising the flags of the United Arab Emirates and the Slovak Republic, accompanied by the national anthems of both countries. The Slovak National Day was inaugurated by the President of the Slovak Republic Zuzana Čaputová and Sarah Bint Yousef Al Amiri – the State Minister for Advanced Technologies and Science of the United Arab Emirates. The opening ceremony included a dance performance by the SĽUK folklore ensemble.
“The world exposition is testament to humanity’s creativity and innovation. When people, countries, and cultures come together they can achieve great things,“ said the President of the Slovak Republic, Zuzana Čaputová, at the opening ceremony.
The President of the Slovak Republic, together with her delegation, Minister of Economy Richard Sulík, Ambassador Michal Kováč and Miroslava Valovičová at Expo 2020 Dubai, attended the host pavilion of the United Arab Emirates, as well as the Slovak Pavilion. The head of state could therefore peruse the innovative expositions of the Slovak creators who are representing Slovakia at Expo 2020 Dubai for six months. These include the MH2 hydrogen car from the Matador Group workshop and the Technical University of Košice (TUKE), the Nisus gyroplane, the Shark Aero ultralight aircraft, the RoboTech Vision space Androver, and the flight simulator from the Virtual Reality Media workshop. Accompanied by the General Manager of Slovakia Travel, Václav Mika, she also visited the exhibition of Slovak tourism and the beauties of Slovakia, which is part of the Slovak Pavilion.
“Slovakia is making a major impression at the world exhibition in Dubai. The successful National Day attended by President Zuzana Čaputová has also contributed to this. I’m honoured to be part of this project and to contribute to the development and promotion of Slovak companies and their quality and often unique products,“ said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Richard Sulík.
The National Day afternoon programme featured the Business Forum, organized by the Slovak Agency for Investment and Trade Development (SARIO), which was opened by the advisor to the President of the Slovak Republic Norbert Kurila. As well as SARIO General Director Róbert Šimončič, the event was attended by representatives of chambers of industry and commerce, investors, and business representatives from the Middle East region.
At the Hydrogen Business Cocktail under the auspices of the Slovak Innovation and Energy Agency (SIEA), the first to perform was Peter Blaškovitš. There was a discussion about hydrogen technologies as a future driver, a hydrogen bus from the Slovak company Rošero, and the MH2 hydrogen car created in cooperation between the Matador Group and TUKE.
The final gala programme included an intertwining of traditional and modern elements as musical and dance performances by Slovak artists. The audience was first entertained by young violin virtuoso Filip Jančík, whose work combines a traditional musical instrument with modern arrangements.
Through a performance by the folklore ensemble SĽUK, which was accompanied by traditional musical instruments and colourful costumes, we presented to the global audience the beauty of our traditions, colour playfulness, and the stories of the Slovak people, all of which comprise our precious folklore heritage. Innovative music was brought by the band Billy Barman in a unique performance with five SĽUK singers.
The gala programme culminated in a spirited performance by singer Jana Kirschner. She was joined on stage by other artists to create a unique musical composition that thrilled the Slovak and foreign audience.
“The National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai dedicated to Slovakia took place halfway through our six-month exhibition at the world exhibition. Our gala programme’s success today is a fitting metaphor for the success of our six-month presentation. We’re a modern and innovative country full of talented people in science, business, and the arts. And international visitors will remember us just like that,“ said Miroslava Valovičová, General Commissioner of the Slovak exposition at Expo 2020 Dubai.