Dubai Expo 2020: The UK Music Project

The UK government invited the world to collaborate on a music project at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

The invitation is addressed to people of all ages and from all walks of life, to contribute to an incredible musical piece of public origin that shows the sounds of humanity.

The soundscape was conceived as part of the design for the UK Pavilion visitor experience by Avantgarde, together with lead designer and artist Es Devlin OBE, who has worked with artists such as Beyonce, U2 and Adele.

The composition will be heard by millions of visitors to the UK Pavilion at the upcoming Dubai World Expo, a six-month celebration of humanity’s resilience, creativity, culture and innovation, opening in October 2021.

From singing or playing an instrument, to playing simple rhythms, humming or clicking the fingers, musical contributions recorded on microphones or mobile phones, in bedrooms, garages or gardens are welcomed from all corners of the world by people of all ages. and skills.

They will be woven into a seven-minute long multi-channel tapestry of sound, composed by British sound designers Polyphonia.

Dubai Expo 2020

The project offers people the opportunity to showcase their musical talents, have fun producing performances with family and friends, and continue the tradition of virtual choirs, orchestras, and musical sessions that have flourished during COVID-19 lockdowns around the world.

It’s Devlin OBE said:

“Expo 2020 in Dubai will be visited by millions of people from all over the planet. The UK Pavilion has been conceived as a meeting point, a place for collective thought and action. At its heart is the Coral Space, illuminated by brilliant words donated by visitors.”

Laura Faulkner OBE, UK Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai, said:

Making and sharing music with others, whether through singing, percussion or any form of musical instrument, is a powerful way to connect and experience our universal humanity, something that has become more important than ever this year.

“Expo 2020 in Dubai is a key moment for all of us to reconnect as a global community.”

Starting October 1, 2021, the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, will see more than 190 countries come together to create a better future after the Covid pandemic- 19.

The UK’s theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’, with a focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning and space.



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