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Macao, in the post-pandemic era, happily re-opens its doors to tourists. A new cultural programme to revitalise neighbourhoods is created and one quarter is selected as a pilot scheme, where a carnival will take place, nicely wrapped up with a variety show. The news is rather welcomed and everyone is ready to join the bash, making themselves available for multiple showcases. However, to garner even larger crowds, an outside artist is hired to brighten up even further the jamboree, to the astonishment of the whole neighbourhood…

Patuá theatre, performed by the Macanese community, is a unique type of performance art and was inscribed on the National List of Representative Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2021. Macanese Patuá is a creole based on ancient Portuguese that mixes Malay, Spanish, Canarese, English and Cantonese. It fully reflects the characteristics of Macao as a city where East meets West, and where different cultures coexist.

Playwright and Director: Miguel de Senna Fernandes

Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval
Performed in Patuá, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English

Doci Papiaçám di Macau – 30 years of multiculturalism on stage: A photographic exhibition
26-28/509:00-23:00Friday to Sunday
Conference Room, Macao Cultural Centre

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Closing Performance: Patuá Theatre Carnavaland

Content provider: Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC)

Last modified: 2023-05-24 21:47

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