Expo '98 in Lisbon will stress interaction of sea and air


September 17, 1995|By New York Times News Service

Q: My wife and I enjoy going to expos, and we understand that there will be one in Lisbon. Can you give me any information?

A: Expo '98, the theme of which will be "The Oceans and the Seas," will open in eastern Lisbon June 10, 1998, the year Portugal commemorates the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's historic voyage to India.

The expo will be built on a 62-acre site on the banks of the Tagus River in an economically depressed area that will be subject to a huge urban renewal project. The exhibition, which will continue for three months and cost an estimated $565 million, will leave new parks and housing, road networks, shopping centers and cultural sites. It is expected to attract some 9 million visitors.

The exhibition hopes to stress the interdependence of the oceans and the atmosphere and the effects of this on the climate; to build an awareness of the need to safeguard the world's marine heritage; and to provide a forum for the exchange of information.

More information: Portuguese National Tourist Office, 590 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10036; (212) 354-4403; fax, (212) 764-6137.

Q: I will be visiting England and have been told to visit the Chichester Theater. Can you tell me anything about it?

A: The Chichester Festival Theater, co-founded and first directed in 1962 by Laurence Olivier, presents some gems of the British stage, and all within a 100-minute journey by frequent train from Victoria Station, London.

Plays are presented in the 1,400-seat Chichester Festival Theater and the adjoining Minerva Theater, which seats 260. Festival Theater prices range from $10.75 for previews to $37 for the best seats on Friday and Saturday evenings, calculated at $1.65 to the pound. Minerva Theater prices range from $16.50 for previews to $29 for Friday and Saturday evenings. The season runs until Oct. 7.

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