The Assessment Committee of Performing Arts was created in 1978 by Decree-Law no. 15/78/M, of May 20. From 1979 until 1993, it functioned under the auspices of the Education Department, under the terms of Decree-Law no. 27-F/79/M, of September 28, and then the Committee passed to the Cultural Institute of Macao, under the terms of Decree-Law no. 40/93/M, of August 23.
The Assessment Committee of Performing Arts is composed of representatives of different government bodies and figures from Macao society. Its duty is to classify, according to objective and customary criteria, public performances and entertainment with respect to time and age limits for admission, as well as to perform other functions and duties that are attributed by law. Public performances can take place in the Territory only after age-group classification by the Committee.
Under the legislation in force, the Committee carries out age-group classification of performances according to the following criteria:
Group A – For all;
Group B – Not advisable for 13 years old and under;
Group C – Not advisable for 18 years old and under, and forbidden for 13 years old and under;
Group D – Forbidden for 18 years old and under; Pornography – Subject to the provisions of Article 3 of Law no. 10/78/M, of July 8.
In addition to the performance itself, any posters, advertisements and photographs to be displayed at the performance venue must also be submitted to the Assessment Committee of Performing Arts for classification purposes.
Procedure for performance classification request:
- The performance organisers must ask the Assessment Committee of Performing Arts for an age-group classification at least 72 hours in advance of the performance.
- Complete the Committee’s classification request form.
- Submit items relating to the performance, such as photographs, posters, plot summary, and audio-visual materials.
- If the performance content is altered in such a way as to affect a classification already given, the organisers must request a new classification for the performance.
Venue of application:
Assessment Committee of Performing Arts (5/F, Room 39, Edifício Montepio, Avenida Doutor Mário Soares, no. 25, Macau) or the Cultural Affairs Bureau Building (Tap Seac Square, Macao)
Enquiry Hotlines: (853) 2871 0306; (853) 2871 5904; (853) 2836 6866
Fax: (853) 2871 0311; (853) 2836 6899