To highlight man’s historic relationship with gold, the Porto & North of Portugal Tourism Board is bringing the finest Gondomar Goldsmists to the Portugal Pavilion at The Expo Dubai 2020. Two skilled craftsmen will exhibit their art from December 7th to 12th.
The Porto and Northern Portugal Board of Tourism joined hands with AICEP (Portuguese Trade and Investment Agency) and Gondomar City Council to bring the Goldsmithery Capital to the Dubai Expo 2020. Expo goers can enrich and immerse themselves in the skilled craftsmanship of jewelry-making that is traditionally seen in Gondomar. Another attraction will be the exhibition of a filigree bodice designed by the stylist Micaela Oliveira in partnership with a representative of the new generation of filigree artists, the young Arlindo Moura.
Marco Martins, Mayor of Gondomar, comments, “It is a pride for Gondomar to take Filigree to Dubai”. Sandra Almeida, Town Councilor for Tourism, added, “We fight a lot to preserve our intangible heritage. Expo 2020 Dubai is a world showcase, with millions of visitors who will discover Portugal, the North of Portugal, Gondomar, handcraft Filigree, and our Filigree Route”.
Francisca Guedes de Oliveira, Portugal’s Deputy Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai and AICEP Administrator, comments, “Expo 2020 Dubai is the perfect opportunity to show the world the authenticity and sophistication of Portuguese products that Filigree art represents so well” .
Luís Pedro Martins, president of the Porto and North of Portugal Tourism Board, comments, “We are proud to bring Portugal’s finest jewelers to the Middle East and look forward to welcoming the craftsmanship to the Portugal Pavilion.”
Pavilion visitors will have an opportunity to witness the jewelry-making process first-hand 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily. Located in the sustainability district, the Portugal Pavilion has received a favorable response for its genuine ability to bring rich history, culture and tradition through their various exhibits. Their first event involved rich gastronomy prepared by Michelin-star chef, Vítor Matos, and served in the notable black pottery from Bisalhães, while the second event showcased a traditional dance performance by Pauliteiros de Miranda.