Closing Performance:
Patuá Theatre Carnavaland

Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group

26-28/5 │ Friday to Sunday │ 20:00
Grand Auditorium, Macao Cultural Centre
Tickets: MOP 250, 200, 120

Commenting on the big issues of this small city, having the audience in stitches

Macao, in the post-pandemic era, happily re-opens its doors to tourists. A new cultural programme to revitalise neighbourhoods is created and one quarter is selected as a pilot scheme, where a carnival will take place, nicely wrapped up with a variety show. The news is rather welcomed and everyone is ready to join the bash, making themselves available for multiple showcases. However, to garner even larger crowds, an outside artist is hired to brighten up even further the jamboree, to the astonishment of the whole neighbourhood… 

Patuá theatre, performed by the Macanese community, is a unique type of performance art and was inscribed on the National List of Representative Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2021. Macanese Patuá is a creole based on ancient Portuguese that mixes Malay, Spanish, Canarese, English and Cantonese. It fully reflects the characteristics of Macao as a city where East meets West, and where different cultures coexist.

Playwright and Director: Miguel de Senna Fernandes

Duration: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one interval
Performed in Patuá, with surtitles in Chinese, Portuguese and English

Doci Papiaçám di Macau – 30 years of multiculturalism on stage: A photographic exhibition
26-28/5 09:00-23:00 Friday to Sunday
Conference Room, Macao Cultural Centre

Introductory Text

The Macao-born Patuá theatre is a type of comedy combining the characteristics of Western revues and the performance style of light operas. All Patuá theatre productions are original plays inspired by folk customs, Sino-Western cultural exchange, community highlights and lifestyles in Macao, which gives these productions the quality of community theatre. Mainly performed in Patuá, a language unique to Macao, this form of art reflects a spectrum of life experiences through the actors’ humorous lines and exaggerated movements.

Patuá theatre was inscribed onto the National List of Representative Elements of Intangible Cultural Heritage of China in 2021. However, the Dóci Papiaçám di Macau Drama Group has been staging fascinating Patuá theatre performances every year since 1993, deepening the public’s understanding of this traditional theatrical genre. The drama company has been keeping up with the times by integrating various performance styles and stage technology and expanding the range of participants from the Macanese community to different cultural communities in Macao. The dramatic and hilarious scenes not only open a door to the city’s community culture and history, but also bring the audience an unexpectedly wonderful viewing experience.


By Elisabela Larrea
Macanese Culture Researcher, founder and president of Macanese Culture Research Association, creator of “Belamaquista: Macanese Culture for Everyone” and “Unchinho di Língu Maquista”.


This article is excerpted and translated from Chinese

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