Fistful of fun things to do in Macao this October

Travel | 16 Oct 2020

For this fall, this World Center for Tourism and Leisure has laid out an array of fun-filled events for your enjoyment and inspiration.

23rd Lusofonia Festival

Organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and co-organized by the Macao Government Tourism Office and the Municipal Affairs Bureau, the 23rd Lusofonia Festival will be held from 16th to 18th of October, at the Taipa Houses, presenting the lusophone culture to the public.

The first edition of the Lusofonia Festival was held in June 1998, aimed to honor Portuguese-speaking residents in Macao for their contribution to the city’s development. Over the years, the Festival has become an important event to reveal Macao’s role as a platform of cultural exchange between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries.

For a first-hand, immersive experience of Portuguese culture, join in the fun-filled activities the cheerful festival offers, from music to dance performances, booths, gastronomy and games.

On each day of the Festival, local Portuguese-speaking artists will perform different styles of music and dance on the main stage of the Festival and soft music on the stage installed in Carmo Square.

In addition, the Festival’s temporary restaurant will serve authentic Portuguese dishes of the various participating Portuguese-speaking countries and regions at lunch and dinner time. There will also be a kiosk installed in the venue serving typical Portuguese snacks and drinks.

Furthermore, visitors of all ages can participate in traditional Portuguese games, including wooden ski run, rope pulling and others, which will be held at Carmo Square on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Winners will receive bottles of wine, codfish, canned sardines and Portuguese sausage.

What’s more, there will be table football tournaments. During the afternoon of Saturday and Sunday, a leisure space for children featuring diversified games, puppet shows and face painting will be provided. The temporary ‘Radio Carmo’ station will also be installed on site broadcasting lusophone music throughout the Festival, plus broadcasting interviews with the public.

Date: 16th October - 18th October 2020

Website: www.icm.gov.mo

First Sci-fi Exhibition

Starting from 7th October, Taipa Village Cultural Association is showcasing its first sci-fi works exhibition “MO2049” by Ricardo Lima, as this illustrious Portuguese concept artist and illustrator presents a dazzling array of hyper-realistic visions and imaginative interpretations of the future.

“It’s a realization of my constant desire of bringing new worlds to life,” enthuses Ricardo Lima
Inspired by a wide range of sci-fi films such as ‘Blade Runner’ (1982), ‘Akira’ (1988), ‘Total Recall’ (1990), ‘Ghost in the Shell’ (1995), ‘Fifth Element’ (1997) and ‘Dredd’ (2012), Ricardo Lima has taken this invitation as an opportunity to develop a personal project using Macao, a place he has never visited before, as the backdrop for a film viewed through a dystopian lens.

Lima’s science fiction narrative depicts the relationship between megacities and mother nature as the cycle of change accelerates towards an anthropogenic future. In doing so, the body of work presented explores realistic visions of potential environments that have captured his imagination, such as the port area and sea wall, remnants of the past, immersive public space and the market of delicacies.

Macao’s rapid evolution has prompted Lima to explore the city’s transformation into a fascinating destination á la New York, Shanghai and Hong Kong – all flourishing, busy cities that are globalised, hyper-dense, diverse, well-established and packed with cutting-edge urban infrastructure – as it takes place in the near future. In the exhibition, the Ruins of St. Paul’s are reduced to a huge, frivolous hologram and a backdrop for an open-air night market, while the Grand Lisboa Casino is the setting for a downtown docking area where yachts and sampans meet to load and unload merchandise and commuters.

To give visual expression to the vibrancy and transformation of the city into something new, Lima’s digital illustrations overlay two images and are printed using a diffraction grating, a high-tech optical device that separates light into its constituent colors and produces a polychromatic spectra reminiscent of lighting effects in sci-fi films. It enhances the futuristic vision and animates the captured environment with palpable qualities of change and dynamism.

Exhibition period: 7th October 2020 – 8th January 2021

Opening hours: 12.00 pm – 8.00 pm

Venue: Taipa Village Art Space, 10 Rua dos Clerigos, Taipa, Macau

Artist: Ricardo Lima

Admission: Free

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