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Macao Art Festival Receives Critical Acclaim

31/05/2011
Macao Arts Festival

100 programmes, 90% full, strong local presence
and a head-turning performance on the Ruins of St. Paul's

The 22nd Macao Art Festival has drawn to a successful close, achieving a number of record statistics along the way. Nearly 100 programmes and related activities were presented to audiences, with the participation of local arts groups accounting for more than 50% and average ticket sales running at 90%. The most popular show, Encounters: Audiovisual Mapping of St. Paul's Ruins, swept the entire city to become a universally hot topic. In response, the Cultural Affairs Bureau (CAB) of the Macao SAR Government has decided to re-stage it again this August, reviving the memorable effect of ‘audiovisual mapping’ on the façade of the city’s most illustrious landmark.

The month-long Macao Arts Festival lived up to its motto ‘Enjoy Life through Art’, gathering a great number of artistic groups hailing from places as diverse as the United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Spain, Argentina, Denmark, Israel, the Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao. Ticket sales – which on average exceeded 90% – broke all previous Festival records. Several additional performances were added due to overwhelming demand, and these also quickly sold out to full capacity. Nearly 19,000 tickets were sold, and other events organised by the CAB in support of the Festival, among them workshops, seminars, sharing sessions and a high tea gathering, received very positive feedback.

This year's most widely viewed show, Encounters: Audiovisual Mapping of St. Paul's Ruins, continues to receive favourable acclaim. In addition to a daily average of nearly 4,000 viewers, official video clips and videos posted to websites in the Mainland and elsewhere attracted over 100,000 hits and were widely discussed in the media, on Facebook and on internet forums. The CAB has therefore announced that the show will return in August, complete with a public forum in July, to which everyone, including members of the arts community, residents and young people, will be invited.

The five-day Outdoor Performing Arts Showcase, held at Iao Hon Garden, attracted some 7,000 spectators, and the two critically acclaimed visual art exhibitions, 2011 Macao Annual Art Exhibition: 10 Years – A Decade of Glory and A Glimpse of French Contemporary Painting, will remain open to the public until summer.

The programmes attended at 90% of capacity included the opening show Marco Polo – The Imaginary Voyage presented by Pietragalla Compagnie (France), the closing programme Momentum presented by Mayumana (Israel), the multi-disciplinary dance theatre Scattered by Motionhouse (United Kingdom), Imaginary Book by Companyia de Comediants la Baldufa (Spain), Diva by Sofie Krog Teater (Denmark), Ti-tó-tis – Dance and Music for Babies by Passos e Compassos (Portugal), Stones by Orto-da Theatre Group (Israel), Eighth Floor and a Half by Guangdong Provincial Puppet Art Theatre Group and De Ling and the Empress Dowager Ci Xi by Art of Cantonese Opera (Hong Kong).

Productions from the local arts community included The Ten Brothers by Macao Little Mountain Arts Association, Kallima, the Gluttonous Caterpillar by the Black Sand Theatre, The House of the Vagrants by Step Out, Flowers for Algernon by Theatre Farmers, Twelfth Night in Macao by the Hiu Kok Drama Association, The Legend of Lilau by the Macao Portuguese Folk Dance Association “Macao’s Heart”, Dream of the Red Chamber by the Macao Chinese Orchestra and Melodies of Youth 2011 by the Macao Conservatory School of Music.



The 22ⁿᵈ Macao Arts Festival

2011‧04‧29 ~ 05‧28

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