The first edition of the “Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, will be held in July, featuring a series of highlighted activities. Tickets for two thematic activities “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Film Festival” and “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Gala Performance” will be available on Saturday, 9 June, and Sunday, 10June, respectively.
The “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Film Festival”, to be held from 30 June to 13 July, features 23 screenings of 24 films in three sections, namely “Films in Chinese”, “Films in Portuguese” and “Images, Macao”, as well as a series of related talks and post-screening sessions. The Festival opens with the film Wrath of Silence, the latest production by emerging Chinese Director Xin Yukun, and closes with the first feature film Aniki Bóbó and the first short documentary Douro, Faina Fluvial by Portuguese film master Manoel de Oliveira. The Festival’s programme also includes three modern Chinese films, nine recent productions shot in Portuguese-speaking countries such as Portugal, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, Guinea-Bissau and other countries in Southern Africa, as well as nine films in Chinese and Portuguese shot in Macao between 1923 and 2015, allowing the audience to witness the latest development of Chinese and Portuguese films as well as distinctive stories filmed in Macao.
The “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Gala Performance” will be held on 6 July, at 8pm, at the Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, featuring the Gansu Performing Arts Troupe and various artists and groups from eight Portuguese-speaking countries. The artists of Gansu Province offer festive and lively songs and dance performances featuring elements of their intangible cultural heritage showing the customs of the people of Northwest China; the Portuguese ensemble Galandum Galundaina brings ancient Portuguese melodies; musicians from Angola and Cabo Verde will lead the audience on a journey through the African continent with their enchanting music. The performance also features distinctive and spectacular traditional dance performances from countries such as Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and East Timor, as well as performances exuding the charm of contemporary Latin culture by singers from Brazil and São Tome and Príncipe. Such sharing performances and exchanges will show the audience the cultural and artistic development of the participating countries and regions.
Tickets for the “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Film Festival” will be available at the Cinematheque‧Passion or through the website of the Cinematheque‧Passion (www.cinematheque-passion.mo) from Saturday, 9 June, at the price of MOP60. More information about the screenings can be obtained on the Cinematheque’s website. A 50% discount will be offered to holders of a valid full-time Student Card or a Macao Senior Citizen Card, and a 20% discount will be offered to those who purchase 10 tickets or more (20% discount is only applicable to online purchases in purchases of 10 tickets or more for the same film). Tickets for the “China and Portuguese-speaking Countries Gala Performance” will be available at the Macau Ticketing Network from 10am on Sunday, 10 June. Reservations can be made by phone or online on the same day. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. Online ticket reservation is available at www.macauticket.com. Tickets are priced at MOP50. Interested parties can purchase tickets online or at its ticketing outlets. Please visit the Cultural Affairs Bureau website (www.icm.gov.mo), follow the “IC Art” page on Facebook and subscribe to IC’s WeChat account for more information about the first edition of the “Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, which will be announced in due course.View gallery