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PORTUGAL celebrates its National Pavilion Day today with concerts by renowned fado singer Mariza.

The first Portuguese artist to be nominated for Grammy Award, Mariza is a renowned interpreter of fado music and will perform at the Expo Center at 11am and 8pm.

She is seen as the reigning queen of fado, a style of Portuguese folk music dating back to the early 1800s.

"I lived in a traditional Lisbon neighborhood and have always sung the fado - I understand myself through it," Mariza says.

Her first album, "Fado em Mim" (Fado in me), went quadruple platinum in Portugal in 2001, and she has performed to sell-out audiences all over the world.

Located in Zone C next to the subway station, the pavilion has two themes - "Portugal, a Square for the World" and "Portugal, Energy for the World" to highlight the nation's position as a gateway to the Atlantic and its innovative environmental practices.

The 2,000-square-meter pavilion is covered in cork, a Portuguese-sourced, recyclable and environmentally friendly material.

Inside, the exhibition is divided into four "moments" that showcase the country's history, economy, culture and its lasting relationship with China.

Its capital, Lisbon, is also presented as a symbol of Portuguese urbanity.

The pavilion focuses on the concept of sustainability and its role in Portuguese economic and environmental policies.


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