ABOUT THIS FESTIVAL
Sino-Portuguese Cultural Encounter in the Treasure Land
Launched in 2018, the grand cultural event “Encounter in Macao – Arts and Cultural Festival between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries” has now developed into an important platform for international art and cultural exchange in the city and constantly furthers the city’s construction as a “Cultural Exchange Centre between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries” through the annual exchange. Embracing its fifth edition this year, the Arts and Cultural Festival between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries will, based on the increasingly mature event organization, further leverage Macao’s advantages as a hub of cultural exchange, gather different artistic forces and expand the scale of the event in an effort to deepen the Sino-Portuguese cultural encounter and enrich the cultural tourism experience in Macao.
During the 5th Arts and Cultural Festival between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, a variety of activities, including an annual arts exhibition, a picture book fair, a traditional music and dance performance in the community, a film festival, and a wine tasting workshop, will be held at several local featured neighbourhoods and famous architectural sites, including the Taipa Houses, Carmo Hall, Former Iec Long Firecracker Factory, Largo Eduardo Marques in Coloane, and the Ruins of St. Pauls. The Lusofonia Festival, a unique popular festival, will, once again, be held in parallel with the 5th Encounter in Macau, in order to showcase artistic creations and cultural customs of Macau, China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries. On a musical level, there will also be a concert that will combine Portuguese Fado and traditional Chinese music, showing the harmony of the cultural encounter between the Chinese people and the Portuguese people.
A total of 70 sessions of activities in seven series will be presented during the Festival, spreading the splendid flowers of art across local streets and alleys that stand as a testimony to the Sino-Portuguese cultural encounter. Let us explore the treasure land that Macao is, immerse ourselves in the various artistic and cultural delights brought by the Festival, and experience together the beauty of the encounter of civilisations and cemented bonds between people.