Inspired by one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, 'Breakthrough Message', the UK Pavilion invites you to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet should we one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space.
Humanity is facing challenges in every aspect of our being. Technology, creativity and innovation is rapidly showing us solutions that can solve these real global challenges. The UK is leading contributions in these areas to provide future, sustainable solutions - come and explore more about this on the UK Pavilion.
The UK Pavilion will be based in the Opportunity District.
The word 'Opportunity' is from the Latin Ob (towards) and Portus (a port). A seafaring term – inscribing in the language of an ancient trading nation, whose seaports are by 2020 set to be supplemented with the UK's first commercial Spaceport by 2021.
Maze of aspiration
The visitor experience takes you through the story of how the UK’s role in AI and Space is impacting humanity, with augmented reality experiences and an enriched digital journey. It will also explore wider innovations and collaborations as well as show how some of our partners address our theme 'Innovating for a Shared Future'.
Just before you enter this immersive space, you will donate a word to a collective message. As you step into the Choral Space, you will be cocooned in a soundscape, with the music featuring voices and sounds from all over the world.
As you leave the UK Pavilion look back at the façade and read the collective message that you have helped to create.