20th Lusofonia Festival to run for four days

The 20th Lusofonia Festival will be held from October 19 to 22 in the area of the Taipa-Houses Museum. This year the event is being extended to run for a total of four days.

The festival offers a variety of games, gastronomic activities, music and dance performances.

Different booths will be set up for each of Macau’s Portuguese-speaking communities. These communities hail from ten countries and regions including Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Goa. The booths will enable members of these communities to introduce their native countries or regions’ traditional music, photography, arts and crafts, costumes, literature and cuisine.

On each day of the event, groups from the Portuguese-speaking countries and regions will perform different styles of music and dance. Several Macau-based art groups will also perform at the Carmo Square, according to a statement issued by the Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC).

The event will also feature a pop-up restaurant serving Portuguese delicacies such as grilled meats.

Visitors can also participate in traditional Portuguese games and table football tournaments, as well as experience the sensation of racing on the Guia Circuit through a Macau Grand Prix Simulator.

The first edition of the Lusofonia Festival was held in 1998 as part of various activities celebrating Portuguese National Day on June 10. The event honors the Portuguese-speaking communities in Macau for their contributions to the region’s development.

The festival is organized mainly by the IC and the Permanent Secretariat of Forum for Economic and Trade Co-operation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries (Macau). Other organizers include the Macau Government Tourism Office and the Civic and Municipal Affairs Bureau.

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