Organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC, from the Portuguese acronym), the 2018 Macao International Parade, in celebration of the 19th anniversary of Macao’s Handover to China, will be held on 16 December (Sunday) from 3pm to 7pm. IC is now inviting all local associations, schools, institutes and organisations registered at the Macao Identification Service Bureau to join the event by submitting performance proposals.
The Parade provides Macao arts groups an annual performance platform in order for them to amplify their creativity and showcase their creative talent, while propelling the diverse development of the local cultural and creative industries and creating an opportunity for the groups to interact with performing groups from different parts of the world. The parade route this year is basically the same as last year, starting at the Ruins of St. Paul’s and finishing at Sai Van Lake Square.
Participating groups may join the Parade as either a ‘Themed Parade Group’ or as an ‘Artistic Parade Group’; the Themed Parade Groups should demonstrate the integration between Chinese culture and legends or folklore of the Portuguese speaking countries, and their performance’s contents may be self-developed or may refer to the themes indicated by the organiser, while the Artistic Parade Groups may give free play to their own artistic characteristics. Participants may also apply to join programmes such as the ‘Art Promotion Mini Parade’, ‘Community Art Promotion’ and ‘Assigned Art Ambassador’, spreading the parade atmosphere to local campuses and communities.
To further boost the participants’ engagement level, a range of different prizes will be awarded this year again, including the Outstanding Theme Award, Best Costume Award, Most Creative Award, Most Energetic Award, Parade King Award, Parade Queen Award and Most Popular Award.
Interested local arts groups should submit their programme proposals and all related information to the Division of Recreational Activities of IC (Room A, 11/F, Nam Tung Commercial Building, No. 517, Avenida da Praia Grande) from 3-10 September between 10am and 6pm, with the following inscription on the envelope: ‘2018 Macao International Parade – Submission of Proposal by Local Arts Group’. Application details are now available for viewing and download at IC’s website at www.icm.gov.mo.
Call for Proposals by Local Parade Groups: “2018 Macao International Parade”