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Travel | 26 Apr 2019

This May and June, immerse yourself in a variety of enthralling art and music events including the 30th Macao Arts Festival and more!

Macao Arts Festival

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the annual Macao Arts Festival! To celebrate this special milestone, there are a variety of unique highlights in store for audiences that will all take place from May 3 to June 2.

Aside from Grand Opening Vertikal brought to you by CCN Créteil & Val-de-Marne and Cie Käfig from France debuting on May 3 and 4, 8pm at Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium which opens hip hop to a new field of possibilities, there will also be a string of international and local performances that will fill audiences with excitement.

Just to name a few, Rain is a mix of pure dance and minimalistic music driven by the pulsating tones created by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas from Belgium, one of the pioneers in the contemporary dance world, and will take place on May 12 at 8pm, also at Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, the same venue where Mr. Ma and Son by BJAMC Drama from Beijing will be shown on May 25 and 26 at 8pm, combining the style of Beijing with the charm of London in a unique comedy. 

Local performances will include fascinating local productions such as Kaléidoscope by Hiu Kok Theatre Association. Different from narrative theatre, it will present interconnected life moments on stage through music, lighting, space and performers’ breathing rhythms, and will be held on June 1 and 2, 8pm, at Macao Cultural Centre Small Auditorium.

For those who admire more traditional artistic experiences, they will be pleasantly surprised by classic performances such as Mu Guiying Breaks through the Tianmen Gate by Cantonese Opera Juvenile’s Troupe of General Union of Neighbors’ Association of Macao on May 4, 7:30pm at Cinema Alegria, as well as Saving Troubled Daddy by Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group on May 18 and 19, 8pm at Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium, reflecting Macao’s role as a platform for the development of multiculturalism in an amusing comedy, while performances such as An Alpine Symphony by Macao Orchestra x Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra on May 9, 8pm at Macao Cultural Centre Grand Auditorium will bring audiences sheer musical brilliance.

Macao Arts Festival

Date    May 3rd- June 2nd

Web    www.icm.gov.mo/fam/30/en/

HUSH! Full Music

The HUSH! Full Music beachside festival is back! With a number of local and overseas bands this time, the festival is one of the most anticipated music events this April and May. Hot Wave, the main stage of the festival will feature a music marathon of groups performing original sounds. Uprising Power will select a special range of emerging local bands and musicians, while individual stage Summer Chill will gather performers to share their signature music with the audience in an intimate atmosphere. Notable bands that will participate include internationally recognized female Japanese rock band SCANDAL, which has performed theme songs for hit animation series such as‘Bleach’ and ‘Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood’!

HUSH! Full Music

Time    Apr 28th, 1:00pm to 9:00pm; Apr 30th, 7:30pm to 9:30pm; May 1st, 1:00pm to 9:00pm

Venue    Hac Sa Beach and Hac-Sa Nautical Centre

Website    www.icm.gov.mo/hush

Free admission

A-Ma Festival

Paying homage to the city’s most venerated Chinese deity- the Goddess of Seafarers, the five-day A-Ma Festival embodies centuries-old thanksgiving rituals and performances that were taken place aboard fishing boats in earlier generations.

The festival’s opening ceremony at A-Ma Temple will include a Lion and Dragon Dance performance. There are also free Cantonese Opera plays performed at a temporary bamboo auditorium built in front of A-Ma Temple!

A-Ma Festival

Opening Ceremony, followed by Lion and Dragon Dance

Time    Apr 25th, 6:00pm

Venue    A-Ma Temple

Cantonese Opera

Time    Apr 25th-29th, 1:30pm and 7:30pm

Venue    Barra Square

Free admission

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