The 16th Macao City Fringe Festival, organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau and co-organized by the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau, will take place from 13 to 22 January, with an opening ceremony to be held on Saturday, 14 January, at 3pm, at the Old Court Building. On the day of the opening ceremony, six excellent shows will be presented, including Zuò Zuò Tea House, Night, Mobile Kitchen, In Good Hands, Body Code: Post-colonial Blue Birds and Antiwords, offering a rich and diverse programme for the public to enjoy the feast of art this weekend. Few tickets are still available for some of the shows. The public is advised to purchase their tickets as soon as possible.
This edition of the Macao City Fringe Festival, taking “A Feast of Creativity! Bon Appétit!” as a slogan and adopting the concept of “All around the city, our stages, our patrons, our artists” again, invites artists from local and different parts of the world to participate, in order to create a distinctive event in the city. On the day of the opening ceremony, the performance Zuò Zuò Tea House, to be hosted in 6 consecutive sessions in the afternoon, reveals the solitude and secrets in Rua da Felicidade by combining elements of dance and music and digging into the history of the red-light district. At night, Night, rendered by Circolando from Portugal, encourages audience to question on languages and aesthetics through the dialogue with live music manipulated by a DJ and an intensely physical and emotional dance by a trio of men; Mobile Kitchen, invites an illustration designer and movie actress, Mi Lee, to make Chinese cuisine and share her life stories; In Good Hands, presented by Irish, is an interactive performance of music and storytelling at salon, revealing the secrets, trusts and human needs; the dance Body Code: Post-colonial Blue Birds, performed by contemporary dancers from Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan, tells the colonial history of the three cities by using body language to leave historical marks behind; the performance Antiwords, presented by two actresses in huge masks, stimulate the audience with absurd humour as drunken characters in the show.
In the “Thematic talks: Foreign Theatre – Body, Memory and Labour” on Sunday, 15 January, at 4pm, at Sir Robert Ho Tung Library, Husam Abed from Jordan, Lam Teng Teng and Kevin Chio from the Rolling Puppet Alternative Theatre in Macao, Nicole Vong and Bobo Leong from Macau Experimental Theatre and Cally Yu from Hong Kong to share their creation process in artistic career. Admission is free. Registration for the thematic talks is now open, subject to availability.
Tickets are available through the Macau Ticketing Network. Online registration for the outreach programme is available at www.icm.gov.mo/eform/event. For more information about the programmes, please visit the Macao City Fringe Festival’s webpage at www.macaucityfringe.gov.mo. 24-hour Ticketing hotline: 2855 5555; online ticketing: www.macauticket.com.