28th Macao Arts Festival opens window to the arts
Performing Arts Gala returns to Iao Hon Garden this week


The 28th Macao Arts Festival (MAF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, opens a window to the arts, featuring this week the shows Westland Feuds and Songs of Migrants in “Thematic Highlights: Fantasies of Different Spaces”, crossing boundaries to explore several cultural spaces. Furthermore, the MAF also presents the children’s musical Metamorphosis under Starry Night as well as the Performing Arts Gala this week, which cater to a all age groups.

On the 110th anniversary of Chinese theatre, on 12 and 13 May the Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre takes to the stage a production of magic realism of the classic Westland Feuds, a story that has been reproduced into plays, ballets and films numerous times. This production by the Shaanxi People’s Art Theatre condenses the absurd yet realistic life onto the stage in a way true to the original novel with great attentions to detail, portraying the unsophisticated, unbending and uncompromising resilience of the Shaanxi people despite difficult conditions. In turn, from 12 to 14 May, the Comuna de Pedra Arts and Cultural Association presents Songs of Migrants revealing memories of local migrants. Macao director Jenny Mok sets off from her own family migration history to mirror the overall picture of the group, analysing the relationship between migration, people, society, the city and history, revealing memories of local migrants and an important part of local history.

In addition, on 13 and 14 May, the Little Mountain Arts Association takes to the stage the children’s musical Metamorphosis under Starry Night. Also, the Performing Arts Gala returns once again to Iao Hon Garden, from 12 to 14 May, to inject vitality in the community through the arts, offering the public a wide array of performances in three consecutive evenings, including naughty clowns, amusing plays, puppet shows, a capella choir, percussion, dance, among others, thereby stimulating an artistic atmosphere within the community. Admission to the Performing Arts Gala is free and is open to the general public.

This edition of the MAF, themed “Heterotopia”, aims to encourage the audience to change their usual way of thinking in order to understand, accept and enjoy the diversity of contemporary living spaces. Thus, distorting mirrors will be installed at the Macao Cultural Centre, Praça de Jorge Álvares and Old Court Building, in order to reflect the different forms of the same objects, as well as to reveal the diversity and create more room for imagination. All are welcome to participate. For more information about the 28th Macao Arts Festival, please visit the Festival’s webpage at www.icm.gov.mo/fam, follow the MAF’s page on Facebook or subscribe to IC’s WeChat account. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555.

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