July 2, 2022

Celebrations began for the opening of the Women’s Pavilion in Dubai on October 26 with a press conference that brought together the four artists who worked on the creation of the Pavilion and the curation of its exhibitions: Nadine Labaki, Laura Gonzalez, eL Seed and Mélanie Laurent, with Cyrille Vigneron, CEO and President of Cartier International, and Liz Bohannon, founder and CEO of Sseko Designs, acting as moderator.

Since its opening, the Pavilion has been a space of dialog and exchange, affirmed by its conviction that change is not possible without the participation of everyone. This powerful message has been shared by a diverse community of artists and creative designers, whose voices set the tone for the rich program of debate to come between all those who fight for this cause around the world.

The first day ended with a cocktail reception, followed by a dinner in the desert. The highlight of the evening was a starlit concert given by the pianist – and ambassador of the Maison – Khatia Buniatishvili.

The official inauguration ceremony was held on October 27 with a dazzling program attended by the Friends of the Maison. The events were opened by ballerina, and Friend of the Maison, Diana Vishneva, and Denis Savin, Principal dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet, in a shining homage to one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century, Maya Plisetskaya. Guests were also entertained by a light and sound projection on the Al Wasl Dome; a slam poetry recital by Emi Mahmoud, the Sudanese-American poet and activist; a concert given by the children’s choir of la Maîtrise de Hauts-de-Seine; and a concert by Khatia Buniatishvili. The evening continued with a cocktail reception at the French Pavilion.

This three-day celebration ended with a series of talks at the Expo 2020 Dubai to open the conversation surrounding gender inequality. Cyrille Vigneron, Cartier President and CEO, was accompanied by artists, activities, leaders of global institutions and social entrepreneurs. Topics included the empowerment of women and its effect on society, the importance of rethinking education, the crucial role of women in peace and stability, and the potential for collaboration between artists and activists to preserve our planet.

This three-day initiative marked the beginning of a rich and diverse program that will animate the Women’s Pavilion in the months to come.


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