Sketching tradition in the ever-changing sands
Connecting with tradition to innovate
Nascimento, Toso, Acuto
For thousands of years, Angola’s Chokwe people have preserved their cultural wisdom through looping Sona drawings, in which special symbols are sketched into the sand and passed down through generations. The Angola Pavilion at Expo 2020 pays homage to this ancient tradition of knowledge sharing, connecting it with the nation’s emerging innovation industry. With lush displays of Angolan flora, immersive exhibits and installations of modern and traditional art, the pavilion takes you on a Sona-inspired journey through contemporary Angola. Explore installations from contemporary Angolan artists, browse traditional Angolan crafts and more.
Angola Pavilion 360
Discover Angola Pavilion in 360°
A modern takeon ancient forms
The Angola Pavilion architecture evokes both modernist design and the looping shapes of Angolan Sona sand drawings. It is anchored by a golden, geometric sunburst held aloft by a ring of tall, slim silver pillars.