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On behalf of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R., as we usher in the 24th Macao Arts Festival, I would like to extend my warmest greetings to all those who have supported the Festival, to those who work for the Festival and to those artists who will perform in the Festival, as well as a heartfelt welcome to Macao’s audiences, whose devotion to arts and culture has given us tremendous strength and encouragement!

A local cultural event on a grand scale, the Macao Arts Festival takes full advantage of this city’s legacy, blending ancient and modern expressions and classical and popular elements from both the Chinese and the Western cultures with open minds and broadened horizons, relying on the concepts of “aesthetic leadership” and “advocacy for the development of local arts” to realise annual programmes at once diverse and harmonious in their cultural purport.

The 24th th Macao Arts Festival this year offers a wonderfully varied array of shows. Thirty-four productions – some by local artists, others by performers visiting from over ten different countries – range from classical masterpieces to contemporary innovations, from displays of solo virtuosity to products of intricate collaborations like the contemporary dance drama co-created by artists from Guangdong Province, Hong Kong and Macao. Serving as bookends to this rich collection of superb and brilliant artistry, the Festival’s opening and closing shows are two contemporary dance works expressive of deep humanistic concerns, while at the core of the Festival programme are other treats. In an adaptation of renowned American playwright Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, artists from Taiwan and Macao reveal the essence of “home” through a series of captivating scenes. Han Yuniang, a new work presented by the China National Beijing Opera Theatre, stars Dong Yuanyuan, artistic successor of famed performer Mei Lanfang. The youngsters of the Macao Kaifong Cantonese Opera Juvenile Troupe represent the next generation of opera performers, inheriting, preserving and perpetuating the traditional Cantonese Opera art form. The Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group stages an ironic and humorous drama in the Macanese Patuá, a language that is part of Macao’s unique intangible cultural heritage.

The Macao Arts Festival continues to develop and flourish, thanks to the support of people like you and me. I believe this year’s Festival is bound to fill our cultural lives with brilliant colour, leaving us with remarkable memories we will treasure in our hearts for years to come.

 

Ung Vai Meng
President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government 

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