The National Arts Centre Brings Canadian Performing Artists to Expo 2020 Dubai

A dynamic and diverse lineup notably features Dominique Fils-Aimé, Jill Barber, Celeigh Cardinal, RIIT, Dancers of Damelahamid, Beòlach and Les Grands Hurleurs

The National Arts Centre (NAC) is collaborating with Global Affairs Canada to present a broad spectrum of Canada’s performing arts at Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place in the United Arab Emirates from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022.

After a one-year postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to welcome over 190 participants and millions of visits over the course of the six-month event. This is the first world Expo hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.

Expertly curated by NAC Executive Producer Heather Gibson, the NAC’s cultural programme is an integral part of Canada’s overall participation in Expo 2020 Dubai. It will showcase the breadth, diversity and excellence of Canada’s performing arts, in music, dance, theatre and more.

Jill Barber, Les Grands Hurleurs and Beòlach kick off Canada’s dynamic and diverse performing arts lineup in Dubai on October 7. Indigenous artists will be participating in the Festival of Indigenous and Tribal Ideas Te Aratini from October 15 to 20. They include Celeigh CardinalDigging Roots,  Zoey RoyDancers of DamelahamidSarain FoxKevin Loring and Christine Frederick.  Shawnee Kish will also be featured later in October in the Late Night Music Series. In December, Dominique Fils-AiméPierre Kwenders and RITT take the stage.

There’s more to come! For the full list of artists being featured this fall, keep an eye on the Canada at Expo 2020 Dubai website. Performing arts will be presented during the full length of the world Expo, until March 2022.

Canada’s Expo 2020 theme, The Future in Mind, serves as a platform to promote opportunities for trade, investment, education, tourism and immigration, from across Canada’s provinces, territories and cities, and throughout all sectors of society. 

“It is with the future in mind that Canada proudly joins the world at Expo 2020 Dubai. As a space to share our country’s values, culture, ideas, artistic excellence, and other aspects of our identity, the Canada Pavilion will inspire authentic exchanges between peoples and nations. The coming months will be an opportunity to reflect on our collective future.  We are thrilled to have the National Arts Centre and Canada’s world-class artists as part of the Canadian voice.”

– Marie-Geneviève Mounier
Commissioner General
Expo 2020 Dubai

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