Shanghai World Expo 2010

October 30th 2010_Shanghai, China_Daniel J. Groshong (left) with visitors and staff at the Timor-Leste Pavilion in the Shanghai World Expo.

The Hummingfish Foundation’s founder and director, Daniel J. Groshong was the designer for the promotional materials produced for Timor-Leste’s Shanghai World Expo participation.

Pins, 200,000 brochures, 500,000 post cards, gift bags, promotional gift packs and 4,000 copies of a special edition of Timor-Leste Land of Discovery were made for Timor-Leste’s first ever participation in a World Expo as an independent nation.

More than 4 million people visited the Timor-Leste pavilion over the 6 months of the World Expo and Timor-Leste did an excellent job in presenting itself to the world.

4,000 copies of a special edition of Timor-Leste Land of Discovery was produced for the World Expo.

Opening Day
Timor-Leste opens its pavilion doors to the world, participating for the first time at a world Expo as an independent nation on May 1st, 2010. A Historic moment!

The opening is attended by Commissioner Generals Mr. Agio Pereira, and Mr. Virgilio Simith (Secretary of State for the Council of Ministers, and the Secretary of State for Culture respectively).

President’s Visit
H.E. P.R. Dr. José Ramos-Horta visits Shanghai Expo during Timor-Leste’s National Day celebrations, on July 13th.

The welcoming ceremony includes the raising of the National Flag, and the playing of the national anthem by a Shanghai military band. The Timor-Leste National Performance Group perform “Lensu Mutin”, a traditional East Timorese welcoming dance.

The President later visits the Timor-Leste pavilion. Among his distinguished guests are a group of Chinese school children, who are presented with copies of a book which tells the story of the ‘boy and the crocodile’ – the East Timorese creation myth.

Promotional gift packs containing Timorese locally made products, including slik, soap, coffee, candlenut, bamboo, peanuts, sea salt, clove and hand-made natural paper products.

Asia Square Show
On July 15th, Timor-Leste’s National Performance Group performed to the Expo’s visitors at Asia Square. The show was a tremendous success, as can be seen in the happy faces of the public who decided to climb onto the stage to join in with the final performance, “Masi Olarinda”!

Prime Minister’s Visit
Expo closes it’s doors for the last time on October 31st, 2010.

Brochures designed to represent Timor-Leste's strongest assets.

H.E. Prime Minister Kay Rala Xanana Gusmão attends the Expo closing celebrations and holds a reception at the Timor-Leste pavilion to commemorate the event.

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