Tickets for the 30th Macao Arts Festival (MAF), organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, went on sale on 31 March. Enthusiastic members of the public waited at different ticketing outlets to purchase tickets. Sales reached a satisfactory result as more than 5,500 tickets were sold up to 7pm on the first day of ticket sales.
At 8:45am on the first day of ticket sales, the Organizer sent staff to all ticketing outlets to maintain order and distribute queuing vouchers to the public from 9am for ease of convenience. The ticketing process went smoothly at all ticketing outlets and achieved a large volume of sales. Some spectators arrived at the ticketing outlets before 6am on the first day of sales in order to buy tickets for their favourite shows. The opening performance Vertikal and the closing performance Cantonese opera The Soul of Macao were highly sought after. With an enthusiastic response on the first day of ticket sales, tickets for Ready to Wear, Goodbye, Little Prince, as well as part of the sessions of the shows The Inch-high Samurai, £¥€$ (LIES) and Curry Bone's Travel 2019 were sold out; while sales for the shows Flotante, Karl Valentin Kabarett, the Cantonese opera Mu Guiying Breaks through the Tianmen Gate and Wonder.Land had an enthusiastic response. The public is advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible as tickets for some of the programmes are limited.
This edition of the MAF, themed “a tribute to the classics”, will be held from 3 May to 2 June. The 30th anniversary marks an important transitional point. With respect for the classics and the determination to create classics, the Festival will allow the audience to appreciate classic works. The event offers a number of extraordinary shows, including the show Rain by Rosas dance company from Belgium, in which dancers cover the stage, delineated by a curtain of fine strings, performing pure dance at the sound of minimalistic music; the play Mr. Ma and Son adapted by BJAMC Drama (Beijing) from Lao She’s classic novel; Motion by Compagnie Zahrbat from France which merges the spirit of hip-hop and the body movements of modern dance; local performances such as the Patuá theatre play Saving Troubled Daddy by Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group, Kaléidoscope, Mau Tan, Kat Cheong, as well as the concerts An Alpine Symphony by Macao Orchestra and Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, and Chinese Musical Painting by the Macao Chinese Orchestra, not to be missed.
An early bird discount of 30%, subject to certain criteria, is available from now on until 7 April and a 20% discount will be offered from 8 April onwards. For more information about the programmes, ticket purchase and other discounts, please check the 30th Macao Arts Festival booklet (the booklet PDF version can be downloaded at www.icm.gov.mo/fam); follow the MAF’s page on Facebook or subscribe to IC’s WeChat account. Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555. Online ticket reservation is available at www.macauticket.com.