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1 Oct 2021 31 Mar 2022



Pavillon France - Expo Dubaï 2020 (UAE)

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Due to the health crisis and the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai, the lille3000 “Textidream” exhibition, initially programmed for autumn 2020, will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.


In 2010, lille3000 proposed and curated the Lille Europe Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo followed in 2015 by the France/Lille Europe Pavilion at the Milan World Expo. On the strength of these experiences, lille3000 intends to showcase the excellence of the City of Lille, the Lille Eurodistrict and the Hauts-de-France Region at Expo 2020 Dubai (01 October 2021 > 31 March 2022), whose central theme will be: “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.


In the context of the next World Expo in Dubai, which will open its doors on 1 October 2021, lille3000 has imagined a new edition of the Futurotextiles exhibition.

The Textridream exhibition, curated by Caroline David, will benefit from an original staging in which micro-architecture capsules showcase the latest textile innovations of French excellence, particularly from the Hauts-de-France Region and the Lille Eurodistrict.

The microcapsules will be inspired by the aesthetics of snow globes featuring automated figures, each one functioning as a poetic and futuristic animated theatre in its own right.

Luminous lace, fibre optic hangings and trimmings, perfumed and microencapsulated organza, a compressed-air vehicle with a body made of flax, a motorised exoskeleton and customised prostheses made of basalt fibre composite and bio-sourced resin, a feather dress vibrating to the rhythm of a utopian wind turbine... will all be created by visionary companies and artists.


Textidream will be presented on the esplanade of the France Pavilion, a shaded, 2,000 m² space planted with trees, designed as a place where visitors can relax but also where entrance lines will be transformed into a genuine field of experience thanks to animated artworks. Waiting times will become moments of sharing and emotions, a concert of sensations inviting visitors to dream and discover.

Textidream will be consistent with the programming of the France Pavilion, which will showcase French expertise in its response to the major challenges of sustainable development and UN objectives.


Futurotextiles general curator for Lille3000: Caroline David
Scenography: Georgi Stanishev



Dubai’s ambition is to act as a platform for global discussion and a springboard for creativity through innovative activities and pavilions. The spatial organisation of the site expresses the Expo’s themes and subthemes and draws its inspiration from the landscapes and architectural traditions of the United Arab Emirates. The concept of sustainability has consequently been integrated into the planning of the site and developed for use during and after the Expo.


Promoting France through its innovations

The ambition of this exhibition is to highlight French talent in all its diversity and to create an exceptional moment to promote the nation on the international stage. The France Pavilion aims to be the project of all French people.

Following the example of the Olympic Games or the European Heritage Days, the World Expo aspires to becoming a collective event federating all French people in support of their pavilion. In this unparalleled showcase for the know-how and innovations of our companies, France will demonstrate how the digital revolution is contributing to a sustainable vision for new generations by transforming cities and territories.

The France Pavilion will be located in the mobility zone at the entrance to the park. Its purpose is to express France’s vision in this international arena, but also to act as a platform reinforcing the French presence.

The France Pavilion has been designed to fully satisfy the sustainable development objectives set by the UN.


Light, Lights

Light is the central theme of the France Pavilion. It will take different forms in the course of the visit and offers a unique experience: light as a philosophy, as a source of warmth and creativity, and as a vector for connections


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