Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries opens in late September

Evandro Teixeira / Untitled / 1995

Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), the “Lingua Franca - 2nd Annual Arts Exhibition between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, will be inaugurated on 26th September, at 5pm, at No. 55 - 57 Avenida do Coronel Mesquita (Green Townhouses). All are welcome to attend. This exhibition is one of the series activities of “Art Macao” and of the “2nd Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, showcasing the diverse manifestations and development of contemporary art in China and Portuguese-speaking countries, and offering a new experience of Chinese and Portuguese visual arts to residents and tourists.

The exhibition “Lingua Franca” features numerous photography and video works by 22 representative artists from 10 countries and regions, including Mainland China, Macao, and the Portuguese-speaking countries, showcasing the distinctive regional cultures and diverse customs. The curators lead to exchanges and dialogues through the artworks, allowing multiculturalism to resonate, and composing wonderful art chapters from China and Portuguese-speaking countries. This exhibition is held at No. 55 - 57 Avenida do Coronel Mesquita (Green Townhouses), which is open for the first time after its restoration, as well as at the Former Municipal Cattle Stable, bringing Chinese and Portuguese artistic atmosphere in the streets.

The Portuguese-style Green Townhouses are composed of single houses with exterior walls painted in green and white, and with small and elegant interior spaces, creating an ideal space with a cosy and comfortable atmosphere for visitors to enjoy the artworks. During the restoration period, the Cultural Affairs Bureau completely preserved the facade and appearance of the buildings and maintained the spatial characteristics of its front and back yards. The houses are used to hold visual arts exhibitions and related activities, enriching the cultural resources of that area and promoting the artistic development of the community.

The exhibition “Lingua Franca” is held from 27th September until 8th December, at the two exhibition venues of Green Townhouses and the Former Municipal Cattle Stable. The exhibitions venues are open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 7pm, including public holidays. Admission is free. During the exhibition period, visitors who collect stamps from the two exhibition venues may receive an exquisite limited-edition souvenirs. Distribution is on a first-come first-serve basis while stock lasts. For more information about the exhibition, please visit the website of the Cultural Affairs Bureau at www.icm.gov.mo. For enquiries, please call IC through tel. no. 8988 4000 during office hours.

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