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Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

More than 190 countries and around 50 international organisations are taking part in this year's EXPO 2010 in Shanghai. Among them is Slovenia, with its own pavilion and the theme of the Open Book. The chosen theme and overall concept of the Slovenian presentation tie in with the selection of Ljubljana as this year's UNESCO World Book Capital.


The Slovenian pavilion

The exterior of the Slovenian pavilion symbolises a stack of books on shelves, which at dusk turns into a modern city of lights. On entering the pavilion, visitors are greeted by a colourful interior. The changing colours give the pavilion a special character and attractiveness. By the entrance visitors can pick up a copy of an essay entitled The Time of the End of Time by Slovenian philosopherSlavoj Žižek

The floor design features images of open books, while the upright edges of the seven books are decorated with the Slovenian alphabet, to draw attention to our specific form of writing. Book-shaped 'birds' hang from the ceiling. 

Visitors pass through seven books, some of which have display cabinets containing exhibits while others have video screens. All the books are additionally equipped with floor graphics showing images of the Slovenian countryside, brief text descriptions and a video presentation. Soft Slovenian music accompanies visitors on their way through the pavilion, conjuring up the atmosphere of the Slovenian countryside

The journey through seven 'books'

Inside the pavilion, the first book contains a replica of the famous green table lamp designed by the architect Jože Ple?nik, complemented by a replica of the Abecedarium, as an important document of Slovenian history. 

The second book is dedicated to modern Slovenian artists, designers, actors, etc. 

The third book presents Slovenian tourism via a DVD presentation featuring all the country's natural and other attractions and all the regions of Slovenia. 

The fourth book is dedicated to water and water transport. The accompanying video presentation focuses on water in Slovenia: rivers, lakes, the sea and watercraft.

The fifth book draws visitors' attention to Slovenia's unique Karst region. 

The sixth book is dedicated to living. The video presentation shows both modern architectural solutions in the Slovenian environment and the historical characteristics of the Slovenian countryside and regions.

The seventh and last book is dedicated to the Slovenian space pioneer Herman Poto?nik Noordung. The video presentation offers information about Herman Poto?nik Noordung and the age he lived in and looks at his ideas for space stations.

The Time of the End of Time

The number eight is a lucky number in China and in fact the Slovenian pavilion features eight stations or books.

The introductory book differs from the other seven and is situated at the pavilion entrance. It symbolises the book by Slavoj Žižek. Visitors can take away their own copy of his essay The Time of the End of Time, written especially for Slovenia's appearance at EXPO 2010.

Accompanying events

The visit by a group of kurents from Slovenia (members of the Kurent Society in Ptuj) was proof of how features specific to individual countries can attract numerous visitors and draw in passers-by. Slavoj Žižek's lecture to a packed hall demonstrated that accompanying events are an excellent way of promoting our country and are positively received by visitors.

Over 70 million visitors

The Expo runs for six months, from 1 May to 31 October, with over 70 million visitors expected during this time. 

The Slovenian pavilion received over 320,000 visitors in the first month. As the Expo continues, we will host many more performances of different kinds and receive several official delegations. The Slovenian pavilion expects to see around 1.5 to 2 million visitors. 

News, photographs, stories from the pavilion, a description of the pavilion concept, events and more are available on website, where you can also take a virtual stroll through the Slovenian pavilion and experience Shanghai from home!




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