A mélange of views and actions, a series of encounters and dialogues, completely new ideas are sparked off!

The Untold Secrets of Japan – Kengo’s Talk on Japanese Culture

Japanese culture is everywhere, from the bite of a sushi and that famous ramen place you go after, to the fact that you always eye the prices for the flights to Tokyo, Osaka and Fukuoka whenever there is a flight ticket sale. However, aside from dining, entertainment and shopping, what else do you know about the Japanese?

Cosplay, otaku, visual kei, loli, nisemusume, the thriving adult industries…Japan is a mysterious country. Underneath the seemingly conservative society are various kinds of unimaginable subcultures. Kengo, famous Hong Kong expert and columnist in Japanese culture, will show you the way to understand the Japanese Yamato people and unveil the crazy and bizarre secrets of Japan!

Date: 8/4 (Saturday)
Time: 3 pm
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre Conference Room
Language: Cantonese


Graduated from the University of Tsukuba, he is a lecturer of the Department of Japanese Studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, as well as the host of radio programmes Our Way Out and 903 National Education. His publications include Above Knowledge, Kengo’s Radio, A Hundred Reasons to Cut Your Losses and Leave a Relationship (Volume 1), A Discourse on New Japanese 2 – About the Blessed Silhouettes, The Chaos of Japan, Japanese Designs, Be a Japanese in This Life and The Handbook on Self-abandonment. His column writings can be  found in Nikkei, Weekend Weekly, New Monday, am730, Ming Pao Daily News, CUP Magazine and Japhub.

The World is a Heterotopia: When Philosophy Meets Art

This year, the Macau Arts Festival is themed around “heterotopia”, bringing you into a heterogeneous space to experience the power of the stage. From being a space theory proposed by French philosopher Michel Foucault to becoming the theme of this year’s Macau Arts Festival, how exactly does this way of viewing the world “relate to” art? The Macau Arts Festival has invited scholars from Hong Kong and Macau to begin with Foucault and his works, and then introduce the relationship between heterotopia and our daily life, carrying out “practical discussion about an unearthly topic”!

Date: 2/4 (Sunday)

Time: 4:30pm-7:00 pm

Location: “The Perfect Moment” Café

Language: Cantonese

Coordinator: New Generation Culture Association



Che Hio Ieong
Holds a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Paris VIII and is a Part-time Lecturer of the Department of Communication at the University of Macau as well as a columnist for several media outlets such as “Ming Pao Daily News” of Hong Kong and “NEW GEN. Monthly” magazine of Macau. Advocate of animal rights and core initiator of the Hong Kong Wild Boar Concern Group.


Damian Cheng
Senior drama critic from Hong Kong and holds a PhD in Philosophy from Lingnan University; Board Member of the International Association of Theatre Critics (Hong Kong); Lecturer of the General Education Foundation Programme at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Vice Chairman and Founder of community art organisation “Art for All”; Member of “Tales we Tell” as well as Core Member and Founder of “Mindful Culture”.


Lei Chin Pang
Cultural critic and holds a PhD in Media and Cultural Studies from the University of Sussex, England; Assistant Professor of the Department of Communication at the University of Macau.


Masterclass with the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company

©Liza Voll

The dance company of Bill T. Jones, the father of American modern dance, is coming to Macau for the first time.  During the workshop, the instructor will focus on four core values – exploration, musicality, task-based motives and intuition. Join this masterclass to get to know Bill T. Jones’ distinctive body training and postmodern dance techniques, and most importantly, to learn to use your body to perform and engage in social issues.

Date: 29/4 (Saturday)
Time: 3pm-5pm (The Rehearsal room is open to the participants for warm-up from 14:30)
Venue: 2/F rehearsal room at Macau Cultural Centre
Language: English with Cantonese interpretation
Target participants: Dancers of intermediate and advanced levels (Please upload dancing-related experiences in the registration process)
Number of Participants: 20
Fee: MOP100

Applications deadline is on 7/4. Accepted applicants will need to submit fees at the Cultural Affairs Bureau.


Rena Bulter
RENA BUTLER is a native of Chicago, IL. She has danced with Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In. Motion, David Dorfman Dance, and for Manuel Vignoulle-M/Motions. She began her studies at The Chicago Academy for the Arts, studied overseas at Taipei National University of the Arts, and received her BFA from SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Dance. Her choreographic work has been featured on the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater School's BFA students, The Joffrey Ballet School in New York, in the Young Choreographer's Festival in NYC, and CHTV Stories television program in Switzerland. Rena is a dancer, artistic collaborator, and choreographer based in New York. She is supremely grateful to be a member of the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Company, joining the company in 2013.

Waste in Transformation – Creative Craft Workshop for Parents and Children

Waste + Creativity = Amusing Short Stories?

“TAMAM objektentheater” from the Netherlands is going toexplore the possibilities of different types of waste  with the kids and expand their imaginations! Altogether with special projection technology, these transformed waste materials will be magically assembled into amazing short stories.

For those participating, don’t forget to “uncover” some little, useless things or recyclable waste materials of different shapes at home and bring them to the class!

Date and time:
6/5 (Saturday) 12pm – 1pm , 6pm – 7pm
7/5 (Sunday) 12pm – 1pm , 4pm – 5pm

Venue: Macao Conservatory at Av. de Horta e Costa

Target participants: Children aged 6 to 12  (must be accompanied by one parent)

Number of Participants: 15 parent-child pairs(On a first-come, first-served basis. Each registrant should select 1 session only)

Language: English with Cantonese  interpretation

Tuition Fee: MOP50

Applications deadline is on 13/4. Accepted applicants will need to submit workshop fees at the Cultural Affairs Bureau.

Pre-show Talk for Westland Feuds

The literary value of the epic "Westland Feuds" requires no explanation. Yet what are the highlights not to be missed when a 500,000-word voluminous novel being condensed into a three-hour theater production? Lawrence Lei, local playwright and the Creative Director at the School of Drama of the Macau Conservatory, will share with the audience his tips for appreciating this luscious play.

Date: 12/5 (Friday)
Time:  6:45pm
Venue: Macao Cultural Centre
Language: Cantonese


Lawrence Lei
Well-known playwright of Macao. His famous works include Selected Plays of Lawrence Lei, Extinction of Beauty – Selected Long Dramas by Lawrence Lei, as well as novels Awkward Action and Eye of Providence. His Wind-Chasing Middle-Aged Man was adapted into the film One More Week (where he acted as the co-playwright) and was honoured with the Best Foreign Language Comedy at the 16th Los Angeles International Family Film Festival. Given the Best Playwright Award and the Best Director Award by the Hong Kong Federation of Drama Societies, and the Macao Literary Award, etc. His plays have been selected by the Research Institute of Drama of the Chinese National Academy of Arts to be included in the Selected Chinese Dramas for A Hundred Years and the Selected Chinese Plays of the 90s, while the Eye of Providence has been selected into the list of  “20 Chinese Novels of the 21st Century (2001-2015)”.

Revolutionary Idols Go Berserk in the Streets of Macau

© M.Zakrzewski

Japanese idols will take to the streets and bend us on using wotagei energy to ignite the people of Macau!

On 17-18/5, actors of Miss Revolutionary Idol Berserker will make a surprise appearance in the streets of Macau.  Stay alert in the city, stay tuned to MAF facebook page and make sure you witness this mind-blowing out-of-control street performance!

MAF Free Talk

Arts festivals are everywhere. While Macao Arts Festival is marking its 28th anniversary this year, what awaits ahead for the festival? Guest art critics from all over the world not only will share their observations on and expectations for the Macao Arts Festival, but will also comment on this year’s programmes. You are more than welcome to join our discussion!

Date: 21/5 (Sunday)
Time: 4pm
Venue: Old Court Building

Language: Cantonese, Mandarin

Meet-the-Artist: Hiroaki Umeda on Creation and Body Aesthetics

© Ryuichi Maruo (YCAM)

Famous Japanese choreographer Hiroaki Umeda first majored in photography during college and had a rigorous visual arts training. Later he turned to contemporary dance and developed a unique movement vocabulary, integrating it with digital images and sound art and thereby making a name for himself on the international stage of contemporary dance! Hiroaki Umeda is revisiting Macau since 2014 and during this Meet-the-Artist event, he will share with the audience his contemporary dance journey and his unique views about body, technology, performing arts and aesthetics of multimedia.

Date: 21/5 (Sunday)
Time: 1pm-2.30pm
Location: Old Court Building
Language: English


© Shin Yamagata

Hiroaki Umeda is a choreographer and a multidisciplinary artist recognized as one of the leading figures of the Japanese avant-garde art scene. His subtle yet violent dance pieces have toured around the world and received critical acclaim. His work is acknowledged for the highly holistic artistic methodology with strong digital background, which considers not only physical elements as dance, but also optical, sensorial and, above all, spatiotemporal components as part of the choreography.



New Directing on Classic - Lecture-Workshop with Yana Ross

The contemporary Eastern European theatre has stormed the Euro-American theatre world with its distinct aesthetics and style in recent years, and thus its influence should not be overlooked! This lecture-workshop is led by the currently most sought-after Latvian theatre director Yana Ross, who is going to share her new directing methods and devising techniques for adapting classical texts by playwrights like Chekhov. It is simply an opportunity not to be missed especially for theatre practitioners to advance their skills!

Target participants: Theatre directors and scriptwriters, or individuals with theatre experience.

Date: 27/5 (Saturday)
Time: 3pm-5pm
Venue: Macau Cultural Center Conference Room
Language: English with Cantonese interpretation

Yana Ross was born in Latvia and acquired her Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School of Art in the United States. She is active in various arts festivals in America and Europe, and has worked with different famous theatres of Europe, such as the Lithuanian National Drama Theatre, the Volksbühne of Berlin, Germany, and the TR Warszawa of Poland. In 2016, Yana Ross won the Best Director Award at the Kontakt International Theatre Festival in Toruń with multiple nominations. Yana Ross is famous of adapting classical Russian dramas and her powerful directing style is highly acclaimed.