Macao celebrates summer with gusto!

Travel | 29 May 2020

This June, Macao has put together an exhilarating program to celebrate the arrival of summer. Check out some of the highlights.

Macao International Dragon Boat Races 2020

Organized by the Sports Bureau and the Dragon Boat Association of Macao, China, and co-organised by the Municipal Affairs Bureau and the Public Administration and Civil Service Bureau, the Macao International Dragon Boat Races 2020 will be held on June 20, 21 and 25 at the Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre.

In view of the global COVID-19 outbreak, the contest this year will be limited to 2-day local races on June 21 and 25. Meanwhile, a dragon boat themed family carnival will take place on June 20 to spice up the atmosphere at the event, where the public may partake in the festive fun through a variety of booth games and celebratory activities.

Aside from watching the vigorous competitions on the water, visitors can look forward to a vibrant dragon boat themed family carnival that includes colourful parade performances and booths featuring creative products and local cuisines.

As a major event in its annual festive calendar, the Dragon Boat Festival will also become a unique brand of sports tourism in Macao, as well as an integral component in the development of the city’s diverse sports sector.

In compliance with anti-pandemic guidelines of the government of Macao, a series of preventive measures are in force during the practice period and the races. Participating teams must follow the timetable arranged by the Committee during the practice period; crowd control measures will be applied in the athlete and spectator areas; and all individuals including participants, spectators and staff members must undergo body temperature check, present ‘Macao Health Code’ and wear face masks upon entering the venue. During the preparation phase, the Organizing Committee of the event will pay close attention to the latest information on the pandemic and develop appropriate measures and arrangements for the event.

Macao International Dragon Boat Races 2020

Date: June 20, 21 and 25

Website: http://www.macaodragonboat.com/en/sites/dragonboat_sp

Venue: Nam Van Lake Nautical Centre

Address: Av. Panoramica do Lago Nam Van

Art extravaganza

For those who are fond of art, Taipa Village Cultural Association exclusively showcases, from now to July 3, an illustration and drawing exhibition named ‘Who heeds a man who sits and wails out in the cold?’ presented by Macau-based Portuguese artist Rui Rasquinho.

The selected works for this exhibition are based on a series of illustrations published in a local Portuguese-language newspaper Hoje Macau. The story behind revolves around Rasquinho’s long-term graphic commitment on a weekly assignment, illustrating translated scholarly text from several controversial Chinese literati, such as Li He and Wang Chong.

The title of the exhibition hails from the stanza of a poem entitled ‘Let Wine Be Brought In!’ written by Li He. The illustrations and drawings reflect Rasquinho’s artistic skills, in which he found realisation in pure abstraction registered in Chinese Orihon style watercolour books.

‘Who heeds a man who sits and wails out in the cold?’

Date: April 8 to July 3

Website: http://www.taipavillagemacau.org.mo

Venue: Taipa Village Art Space

Admission: Free

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