Immerse yourself in the cultural exuberance of Macao

Travel | 8 Mar 2019

This March, participate in inspiring cultural events including the 8th Macau Literary Festival, the See Saw Zine art exhibition, and one of the oldest religious events in Macao!

8th Macau Literary Festival

From 15-24 March, renowned writers, publishers, translators, journalists, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists from various geographies and nationalities from around the world will once again gather at Macao. The Script Road - Macau Literary Festival was first founded in Macao at 2012 by local newspaper Ponto Final. It began as the first and largest gathering of literati from China and the Portuguese-Speaking Countries ever organised in the world, but has gained popularity in recent years, transforming into an international event.

During its 10-day program, the Festival will welcome prominent poets such as Jidi Majia, the vice-president of the Chinese Writers Association, Bei Dao, Yan Ai-Lin, Chris Song, Yam Gon, Chen Dong Dong, Shu Yu, Huang Fan, Lu Weiping, Na Ye, Tan Wuchang and Hsiu He from mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Other notable attendees from Portuguese speaking countries include Jose Luis Tavares from Cape Verde, Pedro Lamares from Portugal, Hirondina Joshua from Mozambique, Gisela Casimiro from Guine-Bissau, and Eduardo Pacheco from Angola.

Additionally, local poetry association, The Other Sky will, also join the event represented by its members Mok Hei Sai, Lou Kit Wa and Wong In In, while the Macau-based theatre group Rolling Puppets will stage their puppet-theatre show 'Drug', at the Navy Yard over three days, a renewed adaptation of Lu Xun's novel 'Drug' published in 1919.

Last but not least, Portuguese 2017 Eurovision Singing Contest winner Salvador Sobral will visit Macau for the first time, and perform at The Script Road Concert scheduled for March 17. Other guests, including musicians, novelists, and filmmakers will be announced soon, stay tuned!

8th Macau Literary Festival

Date: 15-24 March

Web: http://thescriptroad.org/

See Saw Zine

For those who do not know what 'Zine' is, it is the nickname for fanzine, an idiosyncratic fulfilment of a creative urge, usually in the form of a manifesto applied to the printed medium, which is then disseminated to people who are interested in the same subject of counterculture and subculture, something that is off the cultural mainstream.

Starting from 17 April to 12 July, Hong Kong based collective Zine Coop, co-founded by Forrest Lau and Beatrix Pang will be exhibiting their extensive collection of zines and other printed materials such as broadsheets and risographs to the Macao audience. The exhibition will also serve as a cultural platform to prompt collaborations with local associations and creative groups to encourage independent publishing, workshops and zine making.

See Saw Zine

Date & Time: 17 April-12 July, 12pm-8pm

Venue: Taipa Village Art Space, No 10, Rua dos Clerigos Taipa, Macau

Web: www.taipavillagemacau.com/event/see-saw-zine/

Procession of the Passion of Our Lord, the God Jesus

With a history dating back to the 1700s, the procession is one of the city's most representative religious events. It takes place on the first Saturday and Sunday on 9-10 March, and is locally known as the 'Procession of the great Jesus' in Chinese, a part of the Catholic 'Novena of the Passion of Our Lord, the God Jesus'.

A statue of Christ carrying the Cross is slowly taken in solemn procession from St. Augustine's Church to the Cathedral for an overnight vigil. It is then returned the next day via symbolic Stations of the Cross, located across the city. On both days, the procession is escorted through the narrow streets by guardians in magenta robes, while the faithful and spectators look on, paying tribute to the pain and sacrifice of Christ on behalf of mankind.

Procession of the Passion of Our Lord, the God Jesus

Date & Time: 9 March 7pm, 10 March 4pm

Venue: From St. Augustine's Church to the Cathedral

Web: www.catholic.org.mo

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