The 6th Cultural Week of China and Portuguese-speaking Countries 2014 will take place between October 21 and October 30. The event is organised by the Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macao), also known as Forum Macao, with support from the Institute for Civic and Municipal Affairs and the Macao Government Tourist Office.
A number of activities will take place in various parts of the city, including the Carmo area in Taipa, Senado Square, the Ruins of St. Paul, D. Pedro V Theatre, the residence of the Consul-General of Portugal in the Macao SAR (the former Hotel Bela Vista), Macao Tower, Rui Cunha Foundation Gallery and the Gallery of Macao Military Club.
The scheduled activities include cultural performances and displays of the arts. The aim is to showcase Chinese and Lusophone culture to Macao residents and tourists to the city, thus strengthening the role of the territory as a platform between China and Portuguese-speaking countries.
On October 25, the opening ceremonies of two activities will take place. They are for: “Fine Arts Exhibition by Benjamim Sabby, Angolan artist in plastics”; and “Contemporary Art Exhibition by Sebastião Matsinhe, Mozambican artist”.
The Parade of Performers from Macao, Zhejiang (China) and Portuguese-speaking Countries will be held on October 26.
Guests attending the activities include: Ambassador of Mozambique in Beijing, Mr. António Inácio Júnior; Ambassador of Cape Verde in Beijing, Mr. Júlio Morais; Ambassador of Timor-Leste in Beijing, Ms. Vicky Tchong Fun Ha; Ambassador of Angola in Beijing, Mr. João Garcia Bires; Ambassador of Guinea-Bissau in Beijing, Mr. Malam Sambu; Ambassador of Portugal in Beijing, Mr. Jorge Torres Pereira; representative of the Ambassador of Brazil in Beijing, Mr. Augusto Castro; Secretary-General of the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao, Mr. Chang Hexi; the Deputy Secretary-General appointed by the Portuguese-speaking Countries, Mr. Vicente de Jesus Manuel; the Deputy Secretary-General appointed by the Macao SAR Government, Ms. Rita Santos; and Representatives of Portuguese-speaking Countries at the Permanent Secretariat of Forum Macao.
- “Fine Arts Exhibition by Benjamim Sabby, Angolan artist in plastics”: the opening ceremony will take place on October 25 (Saturday) at 3pm at Rui Cunha Foundation Gallery. The exhibition will be open to the public daily until November 6, between 10am and 7pm from Monday to Friday, and between 3pm and 7pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The collection includes some of the latest works of the renowned Angolan artist, representing the contemporary art scene of Angola and Africa. The artist uses narratives that can be immediately identified with the African continent, while rejecting classicists’ icons and ethnological and anthropological categorisations.
- “Contemporary Art Exhibition by Sebastião Matsinhe, Mozambican artist”: the opening ceremony will take place on October 25 (Saturday) at 4pm at the Gallery of Macao Military Club. The exhibition will be open to the public daily until November 6, between 11am and 7pm from Monday to Saturday, and between 3pm and 7pm on Sundays. Sebastião Matsinhe’s artworks are contemporary, described as “a chromatic contextualisation not framing its cosmogony-mystified characters”. His immense wall representing the cosmos suggests the emergence of “Homo Africanus” ahead of all other humanity, giving him wisdom and dignity.
- Parade of Performers from Macao, Zhejiang (China) and Portuguese-speaking Countries: the parade will start at 4pm, on October 26 (Sunday) at the Ruins of St. Paul, with the last stop at the Square of St. Dominic’s Church. There will be short performances before the parade begins. It is expected there will be participation of 200 artists from Macao, Zhejiang Province of China and Portuguese-speaking countries and territories.