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Turkey opens national pavilion in World Expo

06-21-2010 08:44 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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Turkish National Pavilion Day opened at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai on Sunday morning. The show kicked off with the internationally acclaimed dance performance "Fire of Anatolia", which follows the main pavilion's theme of past, present and future, inspired by ancient Anatolia, a cradle of civilizations.

Fire of Anatolia is performed by its namesake dance group from Turkey. Lead by founder and choreographer Mustafa Erdogan, it has been performed in forty five countries and regions.

The Turkish Pavilion itself resembles a giant red and beige box. The first section of the pavilion takes visitors on a journey through time, to learn about Turkey's historic achievements.

The world's first mirror and the first man-made dam are featured, along with a map showing ancient Turkish sites. In the middle section, a 360-degree movie displays scenes from the streets of Istanbul, reflecting the pride of the city as 2010 European Capital of Culture.

Visitors then encounter a final section, which deals with aspiration and the future. These themes are represented by the symbolic figure of a phoenix, a mythical bird which dies in flames, only to be reborn from the ashes.

Turkish arts and culture are also on display, including pencil calligraphy. And once visitors need a break following the tour, these ice creams bring a welcome relief.

Turkish National Pavilion Day opened at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai on Sunday morning. 
Turkish National Pavilion Day opened at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai on 
Sunday morning. Fire of Anatolia is performed by its namesake dance group from

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