The 28th Macao Arts Festival (MAF), organised by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, kicks off this Friday, 28 April, with an opening ceremony to be held at 7:40pm in the lobby of the Macao Cultural Centre, open to the general public. This edition of the MAF presents 25 extraordinary shows and exhibitions as well as an outreach programme, in a total of over 100 activities, leading the audience to explore various possibilities of spaces by means of different art manifestations.
This edition of the MAF, featuring “Heterotopia” as theme, establishes, through texts, stories, images, music and imagery, a diversified space away from reality yet closely connected to it, bringing new possibilities to existence. The opening show Play and Play: An Evening of Movement and Music on 28 April features a reinterpretation of Schubert and Ravel’s classics by internationally acclaimed North-American modern dance company Bill T. Jones / Arnie Zane; the same company also presents the hypnotizing performance A Letter to My Nephew on 1 May. From 28 to 30 April, four sessions of the soundscape theatre play Back to the Catastrophic Typhoon of 1874, which original novel was awarded at the Macao Literature Competition, recreate daily life sounds in a real life space allowing the audience to explore their own imaginative spaces. On 3 May, the concert The Soul of Macao by the Macao Chinese Orchestra, leads the audience on a journey between Macao and Beijing opera, the East and the West, in its representation on stage of a real, historic story of personal romance and love for the homeland. A rich variety of programmes leads the audience to explore the unlimited possibilities of heterogeneous spaces in arts.
Additionally, in order to enhance the ambience of the public’s contribution to the Festival, the Cultural Affairs Bureau is now launching the contest “Find the silhouette and win prizes - 28th Macao Arts Festival”. Participants will have a chance to win one set of round-trip economy class tickets from Macao to any NX operated destination offered by Air Macau (3 winners) and a body massage at The Spa at MGM MACAU (3 winners). The deadline of the contest is on 27 April. For more information on this contest, please visit the Festival’s page on Facebook or the ICmacao’s WeChat account.
Only a limited number of tickets are available for some of the programmes, and therefore the public is advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible. For more information about the programmes, ticket purchase and other discounts, please check the 28th 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: www.macauticket.com.