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Festive Macao Celebrates the Works of Shakespeare

April 7, 2016 Destination North Asia No Comments Email Email

PrintMACAO will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of world literary giant William Shakespeare from April 30 when the former Portuguese enclave hosts its 27th Macao Arts Festival.

Themed “Time: Reshape your Imagination. Experience the Spirit of Times”, the month-long festival (until May 29) will also be highlighted by the 400th anniversary of the death of Ming Dynasty’s famed Chinese playwright Tang Xianzu.

It will be one of a host of colourful festivities on the 2016 calendar, a program congested with such events as the annual A-Ma Festival, Procession of Our Lady Mercy, Feast of the Drunken Dragon, the Macao Dragon Boat Festival, Feast of Hungry Ghosts, the International Fireworks Display Contest, Mid Autumn Festival, Macao City Fringe Festival and International Music Festival.

The final months will be highlighted by the 63rd running of the Macao Grand Prix, 16th Macao Food Festival, the annual Marathon and the spectacular Light Festival similar to Sydney’s Vivid.

Venture to the recognisable Science Centre, and you will make huge strides in learning about dinosaurs at am exhibition including 14 mechanical replica dinosaurs.


The Living Dinosaurs expo is on until September 11, 2016.

The Macao Arts Festival will salute the works of Shakespeare and Xianzu through theatre, the festival kicking off with a dramatic stage performance of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, rendered by the Shakespeare Theatre Company from the USA.

As many as 27 shows and artistic exhibitions will be featured on the festival program along with more than 100 activities to “bring the audience into the spaces of the Chinese and Western cultures”.

There will be plenty of song and dance and family activities during the festival along with indoor and outdoor theatrical performances.

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