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30th Macao Arts Festival

The Wonders of Time and Effort

– On the 30th anniversary of the Macao Arts Festival

In 2019, the Macao Arts Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary.

Over the past 30 years, we have made an extraordinary journey, transforming ourselves from the clichéd “cultural desert” into a significant “cultural Macao”. The Outline Development Plan for the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area establishes our city as an exchange and cooperation base grounded in a solid “Chinese culture as the mainstream, where diverse cultures coexist”, fully recognising our role in history, while clearly establishing the vitality of our forthcoming mission.

The 30th anniversary marks an important transitional point. This year, under the theme “a tribute to the classics”, the Macao Arts Festival presents 22 eclectic programmes, staging nearly 100 performances and various outreach activities. While appreciating the masterpieces, I wish we could keep on cultivating the respect and admiration for the iconic works of yesteryears, so that their long-tempered, timeless imagery may inject us with unfaltering cultural vitality, igniting the creation of novel classics.

This year’s Festival kicks off with the stunning Vertikal, a production assembling the ingenuity of a highly sought-after French choreographer and the dexterity of his hip hop dance company, one of the world’s best. Overcoming the laws of gravity, his ten dancers enchant with ethereal and elegant vertical movements. Belgian dance company Rosaswill “pour” Rain onto Macao this early summer. The dance piece will be re-staged here 18 years after its premiere, emphasising the less-is-more aesthetic with its simple and neat choreography seamlessly conceived into the minimalistic music. Undoubtedly a time-tested classical work awaiting your review. Adapted from the Greek epic,The Odyssey – A wandering journey based on Homer is a brainchild of German theatre director Antú Romero Nunes, focusing on the encounter of the hero’s two sons. Featuring just two actors, the work ignites a contemporary spirit into the classic.

To commemorate the 120th anniversary of Lao She’s birth, the Festival will stage Mr. Ma and Son, a play adapted from his namesake novel. Through a satirical mode, this work of the emblematic Chinese writer illustrates with the expected fine wit and wisdom the cultural differences between two old nations: China and the United Kingdom. We often hear people say “Lao She’s words make me both laugh and cry.” That’s exactly the way I feel too, now that we are about to witness the universal charm of Lao She’s views on civilisational differences. Presenting this meaningful “half Beijing, half London” oeuvre in Macao, a city where East meets West, is a wonderful tribute to the classic and deeply significant.

One of the Festival’s objectives, since its inception 30 years back, was to establish a showcase and an exchange platform for local art groups. At the time, local productions already accounted for half of the shows presented.

For three decades, the Festival never forgot why it started. While focusing on local productions, it has been introducing high-quality performances, enhancing its international influence, enticing exchanges that trigger the growth of local art groups. The constant promotion of local arts development through international exposure is indeed a fine tradition of the Festival.

And this year much more can be anticipated. Programmes fronted by local groups include Ready to WearCurry Bone’s Travel 2019, Wonder.Land and Mau Tan, Kat Cheong, all rooted in Macao, addressing current topics with novel perspectives, portraying the urban fabric and spirit of our city. Co-created by a French director, a local theatre group and artists from different parts of Asia, Kaléidoscope takes on personal memories from childhood to adulthood, devising an exploration on land, history and identity. £¥€$ (LIES), a joint production by the Belgian theatre collective Ontroerend Goed and both the Hong Kong and Macao Arts Festivals, will present a thrilling money game in this dazzling Macao, superbly performed by a local and Hong Kong cast. All these works reveal the creative vitality of our homebred talent to conceive new classics. We firmly believe that given enough time and effort, great works will follow.

And yet, the very same classics need to be passed on.

In these 30 years, a generation of audience has matured, and the next one is being nurtured. As this dynamic keeps flowing, we have lined-up an impressive and inspiring young audience and family programmes with the likes of The Inch-high Samurai, Flotante and Goodbye, Little Prince.

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of Cantonese opera’s inscription on UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Celebrating the occasion, the Festival is organising a grand finale, staging The Soul of Macao, a special Cantonese opera. Adapted from an original script penned by a local writer, and jointly performed by local actors and a fine cast from the Foshan Cantonese Opera Troupe, this moving performance tells a momentous historical story, unfolding a painting scroll of southern China full of historical vicissitudes. As people say, “watch an opera and you will get to know a city.” The Soul of Macao certainly makes the point!

A classic is not made overnight. Likewise the Macao Arts Festival needs to develop with time. Here, I sincerely invite you to taste the classics, enjoy the fine works and share wonderful moments!

 

Booklet

Time of Programme

Name of Programme

Venue

Price

Remind

3,4/5

Fri, Sat

20:00

Vertikal
CCN Créteil & Val-de-Marne / Cie Käfig (France)

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$300, 250, 180 & 120

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

3-8/5

Fri - Wed

20:00

 

Additional:

9-10/5

Thur-Fri

20:00

Curry Bone's Travel 2019
Step Out

Detail information

Meeting Point: To be confirmed

$150

Restricted to audience aged 13 or above

 

● Participants should bring their own smartphones, power banks and earphones.

● Tour starts on time.

● Please provide contact information upon ticket purchase. Details will be informed in due course by SMS, and will be posted on the Festival’s website and Facebook Page.

4, 5/5

Sat, Sun

20:00 (4/5)
15:00 (5/5)

Wonder.Land
Ieng Chi Dance Association x Concept Pulse Studio

Detail information

Old Court Building, 
2nd Floor (no elevator)

$180

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

4/5

Sat

19:30

Mu Guiying Breaks through the Tianmen Gate 
Cantonese Opera Juvenile's Troupe of General Union of Neighbors’ Association of Macao

Detail information

Cinema Algeria

$120 & 100

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

9/5

Thur

20:00

An Alpine Symphony
Macao Orchestra x Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$250, 200 & 150

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

10, 11/5

Fri, Sat

20:00

 

Additional:

11/5

Sun

20:00

Ready to Wear
Artistry of Wind Box Community Development Association

Detail information

Ox Warehouse
( Crossroads between Avenida do Coronel Mesquita and Avenida Almirante Lacerda (next to Macao Municipal Kennel))

$180

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

11, 12/5

Sat, Sun

14:00,17:00, 20:00 (11/05)
14:00,17:00 (12/05)

 

Additional:20:00 (12/5)

Goodbye, Little Prince
Little Mountain Arts Association

Detail information

Old Court Building, 
2nd Floor (no elevator)

$160

Suitable for audience aged 3 or above

12/5

Sun

20:00

Rain
Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker and Rosas (Belgium) 

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$300, 250, 180 & 120

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

18, 19/5

Sat, Sun

20:00

Saving Troubled Daddy
Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$250, 200 & 150

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

18, 19/5

Sat, Sun

20:00

The Odyssey – A wandering journey based on Homer
Thalia Theatre (Germany) 

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Small Auditorium

$200 & 150

Restricted to audience aged 13 or above

18, 19/5

Sat, Sun

20:00 (18/05)
15:00 (19/05)

Mau Tan, Kat Cheong
Four Dimension Spatial

Detail information

Old Court Building, 
2nd Floor (no elevator)

$180

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

18, 19/5

Sat, Sun

(6-24mths)
18/5
10:00,11:15, 16:15
 19/5
11:15, 16:15

 

(2-4 yrs )
18/5
12:30, 15:00
 19/5
12:30, 15:00, 17:30

 

Additional:

17:30 (18/05  2-4yrs)

10:00 (19/05  6-24 mths)

Flotante
Company Flotante (Argentina) 

Detail information

Macao Conservatory Auditorium
(14-16, Avenida de Horta e Costa)

Children Package: $160 (includes tickets for one kid and one adult)

Observer Ticket: $100

Children Package: For children aged 6 to 24 months old. Children must be accompanied by adults

Observer Ticket: For audience aged 5 and above, to watch the performance in the designated area.

Children Package:For children aged 2 to 4 years old. Children must be accompanied by adults

Observer Ticket: For audience aged 5 and above, to watch the performance in the designated area.

21/5

Tue

20:00

Chinese Musical Painting
Macao Chinese Orchestra

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$250, 200, 150

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

21-28/5

Tue –Tue

Cantonese version,
no surtitles

21, 22, 27, 28/5  20:00
25, 26/5  15:00, 20:00

English version, 
no surtitles

23, 24/5  20:00

£¥€$ (LIES)
Ontroerend Goed (Belgium) and Hong Kong Arts Festival (Hong Kong) 

Detail information

Old Court Building, 
2nd Floor (no elevator)

$250

Restricted to audience aged 16 or above

 

● Latecomers will not be admitted

● Please provide contact information of participants upon ticket purchase. Details will be informed in due course by SMS.

24/5

Fri

20:00

Karl Valentin Kabarett
Teatro do Eléctrico (Portugal) 

Detail information

Sands Theatre  
(near Macau Fisherman’s Wharf )
( 203, Largo de Monte Carlo)

$200 & 150

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

24, 25, 26/5

Fri, Sat, Sun

15:00 (25-26/5)
20:00 (25/5)

 

Additional:20:00 (24/5)

The Inch-high Samurai
Namstrops (Japan) 

Detail information

Navy Yard No. 2
(192 and 202-A, Rua de S. Tiago da Barra)

$160

Suitable for audience aged 6 or above

25, 26/5

Sat, Sun

20:00

Mr. Ma and Son
BJAMC Drama (Beijing) 

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$300, 250, 180 & 120

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

25/5

Sat

20:00

Motion
La Compagnie Zahrbat (France) 

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Small Auditorium

$200 & 150

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

1/6

Sat

20:00

The Soul of Macao
Macao Arts Festival and Foshan Cantonese Opera Troupe (Foshan) 

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Grand Auditorium

$300, 250, 180 & 120

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

1, 2/6

Sat, Sun

20:00

Kaléidoscope
Hiu Kok Theatre Association

Detail information

Macao Cultural Centre 
Small Auditorium

$180 & 140

Restricted to audience aged 6 or above

 

Exclusive discount for BOC cardholders:

Enjoy 30% discount on tickets for the opening show Vertikal and for the closing show The Soul of Macao by presenting a BOC Credit Card# or BOC Card.
# Offer is only applicable to holders of BOC Multi-Currency Credit Card or BOC Card (debit card), issued by Bank of China Limited Macau Branch, but not applicable to holders of BOC or Tai Fung Bank Credit Card issued by BOC Credit Card (International) Limited in the Macao region.
20% discount:
1.     For holders of BOC Credit Card or BOC Card (not applicable to the opening and closing shows);
2.     For holders of MasterCard, VISA Card or UnionPay Card from BCM Bank, OCBC Wing Hang, Tai Fung Bank or Luso International Banking Ltd.
50% discount^
Enjoy 50% discount by presenting a Macao Senior Citizen Card or a Disability Assessment Registration Card.
^ Each cardholder can only use one discounted ticket per performance. Cardholders are required to present the respective document for admission, otherwise the full ticket fare will be charged.
SPECIAL OFFERr
A beautiful offer for art lovers:
Customers who purchase over MOP500 (net price after discount) are entitled to receive one discount voucher to enjoy exclusive offers at MGM Theater. Come and immerse in a multi-sensory entertainment experience like no other! Buy more, get more! Vouchers are subject to availability.
r Terms and conditions apply to above offer. Please refer to the Macao Arts Festival official website;
r The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government and MGM reserve the right of interpretation and final decision regarding any dispute concerning these terms and conditions;
r The above offer is only applicable for tickets purchased through the Macau Ticketing Network.
DISCOUNT WITH BOARDING PASS
Air Macau customers can enjoy a 20% discount on ticket purchases at the Macau Ticketing Network outlets by presenting their respective boarding pass (flight code NX) within 7 days upon their arrival in Macao.
FREE PERFORMANCES AND GENERAL SEATING
Seating for all free admission venues and for the performances in the Old Court Building, Ox Warehouse, Macao Conservatory Auditorium and Navy Yard No. 2 is not assigned and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
FREE TRANSPORTATION
Free buses to Praça Ferreira Amaral, Av. Horta e Costa, Fai Chi Kei, and Toi San will be available outside the Macao Cultural Centre after every performance. 
NOTICE
1.     The organiser strongly urges audience members to arrive at the performance venues 10 minutes before the performances. The organiser reserves the right to determine at what time and in what manner latecomers are admitted;
2.     For “Children Package” of the show Flotante, different sessions are designed for children aged from 6 to 24 months and children aged from 2 to 4 years old who must be accompanied by an adult, and “Observer” tickets are suitable for audience members aged 5 and above; the show Goodbye, Little Prince is designed for children aged from 3 years old;  the show The Inch-high Samurai is designed for children aged from 6 years old; children under the age of 13 will not be admitted to the shows Curry Bone’s Travel 2019 and The Odyssey – A wandering journey based on Homer; children under the age of 16 will not be admitted to the show £¥€$ (LIES); children under the age of 6 will not be admitted for all other shows. The organiser reserves the right to request and to examine the valid ID of any child to determine his or her age and to deny admission to any child when proof of minimum age cannot be provided;
3.     All mobile phones, beeping and lighting devices should be switched off throughout the performances;
4.     Smoking, eating, drinking or possession of plastic bags and/or objects considered dangerous is prohibited in the performance venues;
5.     To avoid undue disturbance to the performers and audience members, camera and recording devices are strictly prohibited unless expressly authorised by the organiser;
6.     The organiser reserves the right to change the programme and/or the cast of performers at any time;
7.     In case of inclement weather conditions, please visit IC website, MAF website, the MAF page on Facebook and IC Wechat account for the latest updates;
8.     The Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government reserves the right of interpretation and final decision regarding any dispute concerning these terms.

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Macao
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Macao Cultural Centre, Av. Xian Xing Hai, G/F
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Event Details

Event Date: 
Friday, May 3, 2019 (All day) - Sunday, June 2, 2019 (All day)
Pricing Info: 
$300, 250, 180 & 120
Booking Phone Number: 
(853) 2855 5555
Place Address (English/Chinese): 
Macao Cultural Centre - G.A.






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