June 21 – National Day of France at Expo2017
June 21 - National Day of France at Expo2017
On the occasion of the National Day of France at the EXPO2017, the Pavilion of France celebrated the Day of music and the arrival of summer on June 21st, 2017.
The day began with the rise of the French and Kazakh flags, and the speeches of Dr Pascal Lorot, Commissioner of the Pavilion of France, Mrs Aigul Kuspan, Director of the European Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan, and her French counterpart Ms Mangin, Director of Continental Europe for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
A variety of concerts and performances by French and Kazakh artists reflected French culture and tradition throughout the day.
We would like to thank all of those who were present to mark this day in honor of France, especially our musicians, who filled the patio and the interior of the Pavilion with great vibes and good music. The Hall de la chanson, a Parisian cabaret, presented Paris to the audience of the National Day Stage through classics of the French repertoire; the musicians of Ceili group from Brittany, made our blood pulse with its modern and engaging instrumental pieces with guitar, accordion, saxophone and bagpipes; Eths de Bigorre, from the Pyrenees mountains, transformed the Pavilion spaces into musical halls and dance floors with the charmning Armelle Yons from the duo Boudoir who brought us a capella to the musical Paris of 1910 to 1960. The renowned Kazakh singer Tolkyn Zabirova dazzled her audience with covers of French monuments and students from the Kazakh National University of Arts also revisited some French classics. Finally, our acrobats spread energy and poetry all over the Expo site.
The day was also marked by the signature of an agreement between Pavlodar Oil Chemical Refinary LLP and Air Liquide Munay Tech Gases LLP, further strengthening the relations between Kazakhstan and France.
In the evening, a ceremony was held at the Pavillon of France in the presence of Mr Pascal Lamy, the interministerial delegate for Expo2025, who reminded us of the importance of innovation in energy in France and all over the world.