Friday, June 19, 2015

History - Algerian Theatre at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893

The Algerian Theatre.

The Algerian and Tunisian Village, in which the theatre was the chief attraction, was situated near the center of the Midway Pleasance and adjoining the Street of Cairo. The frontage, as may be seen in the illustration, was not remarkably pretentious, but the main building inside had a Moorish dome with towers and minaretsn and its exterior was covered with the rich-hued glazed tiles of Tunis and Algiers, as, in fact, were most of the buildings.

I here were a Moorish cafe, a Kabyle house and a tent village, the theatre additionally being the main edifice. The desert people were seen about the village engaged in their regulard occupations and jewelry, embroideries and other North African wares to sold. Connected with the theatre were over fifty people, musicians, juggles, dancing girls and some amazing specialists. At the performances most of those who were to take part were in open view. The dancing girls would come on, one after another, to the accompaniment of the shrill, unpleasant music, and would go through with what has been so often described as a contortion, and not a dance at all. Though a little less unconventional than the Persian theatre, the performance was only graceful at times, and as times was but vulgarly interesting. Here the famous « torture dance » was performed, a man, seemingly half frenzied by the music and the movement, thrusting iron skewers through his arms, legs, cheeks and lips, and even behind on of his eve-balls. It was not a pleasant spectacle.

Pics courtesy : Laurent ANTOINE Lemog

Monday, June 15, 2015

The World offers a diverse range of opportunities

We can build a better future if we unlock new possibilities for people and communities to contribute.
The creation of new opportunities for economic development will require cross-sector partnerships to stimulate and support entrepreneurship, and allow everyone to pursue their hopes and ambitions.

Read more about the Opportunity theme of Expo 2020 Dubai here :

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

157th General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions...

“From the start Expo 2020 Dubai recognized the vital role our own people played, not simply in winning the bid, but in delivering a successful Expo. At every stage of the bid process, the support of our nation, their pride in our achievements and their wholehearted commitment encourages us on to exceed our vision and create something both magnificent and meaningful."

June 9, the Expo 2020 Dubai‬ team presented an update to the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the organisation of World and International Expos.

More details soon...

Monday, June 8, 2015


Future progress cannot come at the expense of future generations. This will require us to innovate in the production, delivery and consumption of water and energy. Improving access to these precious natural resources and embracing a culture of sustainability –are important goals. Find out more about the sustainability theme at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Energy and water, our two most precious sources of life and prosperity, are highly interdependent. Large amounts of water are necessary to produce energy, and large amounts of energy are necessary to produce clean water. This inter-relationship has become ever more important as the world’s demand for energy and water surges and as our livelihoods depends increasingly upon them. MORE