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Australia Pavilion unveils Queensland Week

The Australia Pavilion yesterday launched its Queensland Week with art performances, forums and a photographic exhibition.

Indigenous artist William Barton presented contemporary didgeridoo performance (didgeridoo is a traditional musical instrument in Australian indigene tribe) and singer Ellie Hoyt performed at the opening ceremony.

During the Queensland Week, visitors will enjoy performances inside and outside the pavilion, including Queensland digital media artist Craig Walsh's amazing projection art show on the screen wall outside.

Forums will also be held, covering areas of tourism, culinary art, film, education, trade, architecture as well as science and technology innovation.

The highlight is a 10-day photo exhibition "Experience Amazing Queensland - Brisbane's development since World Expo 88," unveiled at the Shanghai Urban Planning Exhibition Center (SUPEC) yesterday afternoon. Seventy photos recap scenes of World Expo 88 in Brisbane and show how the Expo site was turned into a world famous tourist destination.

Shanghai and Queensland have witnessed very good cooperation as sister cities and exchange is being deepened in education, energy and culture fields, said Andrew Fraser MP, Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Employment and Economic Development.

"Queensland is abundant with natural resources. Queenslanders enjoy an enviable lifestyle thanks to our reasonable urban planning, diverse economy under sustainable development and leisurely lifestyle. Our way of development just reflects the theme of this Expo - Better City, Better Life."

Fraser also appreciated China Pavilion.

He and Shanghai Vice Mayor Tang Dengjie signed the ninth Memorandum of Agreed Understanding between Queensland and Shanghai today to promote the sister state-city relationship and enhance communication and cooperation in various areas.

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