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An annual event held by the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao SAR Government, inviting world-class artists to perform in Macao and share their experiences with local elites.The Macao Arts Festival dramatically lights up the city every early summer, bringing together theatre, dance, music, circus, multimedia and visual arts in an artistic panorama of events. A mix of local, regional and international performers from various regions and countries around the world present a diversity of programs, including Cantonese Opera, Western classical and modern music, Chinese music and drama, Macanese drama, and a host of exciting artistic experiences enjoyed by enthusiastic multicultural audiences for an entire month. The icing on the cake is that several performances are hosted by some of Macao’s enchanting and atmospheric UNESCO-listed World Heritage sites. It shows and outreach programs, more than 100 in all, are set to satiate each and every spectator through an encounter with the soul and essence of culture and arts alongside a taste of beauty and sorrow in the passage of time. The annual Festival will have it’s brand new theme and visual elements to express the remarkable essence of the event every year.
The Festival has been developing over the last three decades in Macao, as a local citizen at the same time a senior graphic designer of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R., Leong Chi Hang, had been responsible for the visual design of the whole Festival for over years. There is a saying in Chinese “一脈相承 yī mài xiāng chéng”expressing the derive of all from the same origin and one pulse. This pulse (脈mài) represents the origin and the root of the culture, passing onto one generation and the next. In Chinese (脈 mài) has similar pronunciation with (墨 mò), which means the Chinese ink. The mergence of this two meaning creates an impactful image of this poster. The final outcome of the presentation shapes the ink of artistic creativity and perception of Macao passing onto the next generation continuously, by using the element of the Chinese ink, which flows all the way down from one generation to another.
Bring arts and culture into life of the local elites.