El Paso to be showcased to International Audience via Expo 2020 Dubai

Officials with the El Paso Council of International Visitors (EPCIV) announced that they will be supporting the USA Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Our goal is to provide El Pasoans an opportunity to help represent the diversity of the United States on a global stage,” said Louie Salazar, EPCIV Board Chair. “Global Ties U.S. will select approximately 84 total acts/390 Cultural Performers to form a showcase at Expo Dubai. We are looking for representations of U.S. culture beyond just Hollywood focusing more on grassroots and semi-professional talent.”

The Expo, originally slated for 2020 has been postponed and will run from October 1, 2021 through March 31, 2022.

EPCIV is a Community-Based Member (CBM) organization of Global Ties U.S. which is partnering with the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Pavilion management Thinkwell Group, to recruit cultural performers and youth ambassador guides to serve in the U.S. Pavilion at Expo Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Officials share that throughout the six months of the Expo, the USA Pavilion will host a variety of cultural performers to showcase American cultural diversity and innovation across disciplines including but not limited to cinema, art, theatre, dance, music, technology (coding/robotics), gaming (video and interactive games), cooking/American cuisine, sports/health and fitness, performance artists (street artists, broadway/dramatic actors/spoken word.

Youth Ambassador will serve as guides for visitors to the USA Pavilion. Applicants must be 18 to 29-years-old. Multi-lingual preferred, but not required (Spanish, Farsi, Russian, Hindi, Mandarin, French, Urdu and Bengali).

“This is a very prestigious and amazing opportunity for our community. World Expo only happens every five years and we have a golden opportunity to showcase our creativity, resilience and innovation, as well as pursue business partnerships and new markets with corporate leaders from around the world,” Anna Alemán, Board Member, Global Ties U.S. and EPCIV share. “Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be the largest event of its kind held in the Arab World with 192 participating countries and an expected 25 million visitors from across the globe.”

Approved applicants will be expected to participate in a minimum of four performance engagements during a five to seven-day period in Dubai. Funding for this opportunity includes the following:

  • Round-trip international, economy class travel from city of origin to Dubai. All flights must follow U.S. Government regulations
  • Per diem to cover meals, incidentals, and expenses for the contracted period including travel days. Additional days, beyond program needs are not reimbursable.
  • Per diem funds are non-taxable
  • Ground transportation to/from Dubai International Airport
  • Accommodations in Dubai during your contracted period. Group members may be required to share a hotel room with another performer of the same gender
  • Honorarium will be determined at the time of selection and may not be applicable to all performers. Honorarium will NOT exceed $300/day per performer. USG employees may not be eligible to receive honorarium
  • Extra baggage fees for equipment and accessories related to performance(s). All baggage must comply with UAE Customs Regulations and Laws

The applications and nominations portal is now open and interested residents can apply by clicking here.