Macao has kept close ties with Portuguese-speaking Countries, the European Union and with Latin nations thanks to affinities that have developed over time between people and organisations. The ties include economic matters, and those encompassing culture, social affairs and law. Macao links the richness of Chinese culture with the unique characteristics of lusophone culture. Macao is committed to promoting cultural exchange and cooperation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, as well as to diversifying its domestic industries.
The “Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries”, the “Lusofonia Festival” and the “Macao, Latin City Parade” are three events that serve to enrich Macao’s existing cross-cultural atmosphere.
“Cultural Week” – created in 2008 – reflects Macao’s “cultural umbilical cord” with Portuguese-speaking Countries. A total of nine editions has been held so far, promoting Macao as a cultural exchange platform between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries, and bringing together local artists and some from Portuguese-speaking Countries – as individuals and in groups – as well as other personalities in the cultural field. Some of those invited took part in shows, while others showcased their gastronomic skills or their talent in art or in crafts. A number of art exhibitions have also been held during each edition of the “Cultural Week”.
Every year, artists from provinces or municipalities of China are invited to take part in the “Cultural Week” and to interact with local people. They have come from Liaoning (Shenyang), Sichuan, Jilin, Xinjiang, Anhui, Zhejiang, Guangdong (Shantou), Yunnan (Kunming), and the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (Baise Prefecture). Their participation has contributed to Macao’s role as a city of Sino-Lusophone culture and of unique traditions. In 2018, Macao will host the 10th edition of the “Cultural Week”.
The Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao will continue to do its utmost to support and promote cultural cooperation, in order to strengthen Macao’s role as a cultural exchange platform between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries.