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HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway today will open celebrations for Norway's National Pavilion Day, a gala of entertainment including Norwegian music and creations by Chinese composer Tan Dun.

Official guests at the pavilion include Trond Giske, Minister of Trade and Industry and Terje Riis-Johansen, Minister of Oil and Energy.

The pavilion is next to the Ireland and Ukraine buildings in Zone C.

Performers include Irish-Norwegian duo Secret Garden, the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra, Trondheim soloists Sissel Kyrkjebo and Eldbjorg Hemsing and the Norwegian traditional dance group Frikar.

It will include a composition by Tan Dun, known for his innovative works using paper, water, stones and natural materials as well as traditional Chinese musical instruments.

The natural element music is in keeping with the pavilion's theme, "Norway, Powered by Nature."

The pavilion is a light, airy solar-powered landscape consisting of 15 independently functioning "trees," which at the end of the Expo can be packed flat and shipped off to become part of a new landscape.

It makes extensive use of laminated timber with abstract arms and roots, each tree part of a forest and supporting a peaked white canopy of fabric. Chinese bamboo is planted outside.

The solar-powered building reminds visitors of a harmonious balance between nature and urban life and the exhibits emphasize sustainable social development.

Visitors can escape from the hot outdoors by entering the pavilion through a refreshing cool mist.


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